19 episodes

Hello and welcome to Research for What? The podcast that discusses scientific research, its purpose and impact. I am your host Rom Bouveret. 
 
Each week I will interview recognised thought leaders who share the same passion for science and research and invest their energy, time or money!!
 
We will talk about the challenges and opportunities for research. I am also very keen to find out how experts define impact and what methods are used to measure impact. Every week, I will ask the question: Research for what?

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Research for What? Rom Bouveret

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Hello and welcome to Research for What? The podcast that discusses scientific research, its purpose and impact. I am your host Rom Bouveret. 
 
Each week I will interview recognised thought leaders who share the same passion for science and research and invest their energy, time or money!!
 
We will talk about the challenges and opportunities for research. I am also very keen to find out how experts define impact and what methods are used to measure impact. Every week, I will ask the question: Research for what?

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    What challenges do women in research face and why is it impacting everyone?

    What challenges do women in research face and why is it impacting everyone?

    In this week’s episode of Research for What?, I talk with Melina Georgousakis, Founder and Director of Franklin Women.
    Franklin Women is a grassroots organisation for women working in health and medical related careers. As I wanted to be more aware and conscious of women under-representation in research, I took the risk to expose my unconscious biases and ignorance on this very important (and sometimes controversial) topic!! My goal was primarily to better understand and talk about the challenges faced by women in research.
    Melina offers some advice for women (and men!) to tackle those challenges faced by women, and other under-represented members of our community. Importantly, she discusses why increased diversity and experiences generate better Research and Science, for everyone (individuals, organisations and communities more broadly). I asked Melina what initiatives exist and why they are different; and what works and what doesn’t work. Melina talks with passion, compassion (!) and respect for a cause she feels extremely strongly about. She explains who can help make a difference and how. For better Science & Research!
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    • 35 min
    How to Maximise Research Impact?

    How to Maximise Research Impact?

    How can researchers boost their scientific discoveries for the benefit of our broader society? 
    This virtual event was part of National Science Week and was recorded on the 21st August 2020.
    Designed primarily for research staff and students, this event was centred on a hypothetical scenario where a researcher, Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan from the Indian Institute of Science, was seeking opportunities to boost the impact of a scientific discovery. Five experts from different specialties, ranging from academia, publishing and commercialisation, made their pitches:
    Marcel Dinger, Head of School and Professor at the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences at UNSW, will represent academiaJustin Gooding, editor-in-chief of ACS Sensors, will represent publishingJulio Ribeiro CEO of Inventia Life Science will be our start-up founder and entrepreneurNatasha Rawlings investment manager at Uniseed will be our early-stage investorMarthe D’Ombrain, Senior Director and Head Global Research Innovation at CSL, will represent the giant global biotech company On-call is Nicholas Milne, Engineer, Patent and Trade-Mark Attorney at Patentec. Nicholas was here to answer any questions about Intellectual Property. Experts called on Nicholas when they needed any clarification about Intellectual Property.
    In the final act, Erin Rayment, Chair of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia and Director Engagement at the Queensland University of Technology, brought her expertise and experience to help our researcher clarify impacts.
    Which pathway did the researcher follow?
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    • 55 min
    What are accelerators and should you join one? with Hamish Hawthorn

    What are accelerators and should you join one? with Hamish Hawthorn

    Since Y Combinator was created in 2005, start-up accelerators are booming and competing to attract founders and researchers alike. But what are accelerators and should you join one?
    In this week’s episode of Research for What?, I talk with Hamish Hawthorn. Hamish has been the founder, director, advisor and investor of many start-ups. He was the Chief Executive of ATP Innovations, one of Australia’s first and largest incubators for start-ups and scale-ups. Hamish has vast experience working with founders through accelerator programs and has even been described as the god-father of the Australian start-up ecosystem. 
    Here, he describes what accelerators really are and what they offer and gives insights to researchers who want to commercialise their discoveries. 
    Can you really get mentorship, networking, education, market validation, and customers in 10 weeks?
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    • 32 min
    Philanthropy and Research - trust, honesty and communication - with Anna Guillan Founder of NELUNE Foundation

    Philanthropy and Research - trust, honesty and communication - with Anna Guillan Founder of NELUNE Foundation

    How can researchers connect with philanthropists and supporters?
    In this week’s episode of Research for What?, I talk with Anna Guillan. Anna is the Deputy Chair of
    Tourism Australia and the Australian consultant to Kerzner International, a global operator of luxury resorts.
    More relevant to this podcast is the fact that Anna is the co-founder of the NELUNE Foundation, which she established with her friend Nelune Rajapakse in 2001. Today, they have raised over $33M to support patients diagnosed with cancer. Their work at the NELUNE Foundation supports NSW public hospitals and research facilities to provide and improve cancer patient care.
    In this episode Anna explains how the NELUNE Foundation was born to help provide better care for under-privileged or marginalised patients. Anna talks about how the NELUNE Foundation subsequently began to support long-term and complicated research projects, as new needs developed. In particular, Anna explains how the Rebecca Wilson fellowship was established to support a young cancer researcher at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. 
    Anna explains the importance of relationships with the Foundation’s supporters and researchers. Without a strong scientific background, Anna and Nelune aid projects and people they can trust because of their integrity, honesty and ability to communicate. They build human connections with ‘young bright minds’ who share the same passion for helping others. Here, Anna gives some great tips for young researchers to communicate their work in a meaningful way that can be understood by potential supporters.
    Lastly, Anna hopes her contribution helps foster more collaboration in research, between teams, institutions and companies. She wishes for ‘one big mega brain trying to solve major problems’ to get a better outcome for patients. 
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    • 38 min
    Confluence of interests to translate research ideas into products - with Vijay Sivaraman

    Confluence of interests to translate research ideas into products - with Vijay Sivaraman

    In this week’s episode of Research for What?, I talk with Vijay Sivaraman - leader in Software Defined Networking and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. 
    Because his children played online shooting games and needed instant access to data, Vijay founded Canopus Networks, a start-up that commercialises technology developed in his research team.
    Here Vijay discusses how his research led to developing a product to improve all internet users’ experience. Vijay says: ‘They are great ideas in research but they never get translated into products so that they can be consumed.’
    He describes his dual role as an academic and entrepreneur, a supportive environment that helped him as a researcher to create his own start-up and his transition from science to commercialisation. 
    Before launching Canopus Networks, Vijay had some prior experience working for start-ups, which together with knowledge in his technology helped build a passionate team with complementary skills, and turn an academic idea into IP and a commercial product. Engagement with industry has been a long process and Vijay had to learn business skills, language and drivers. He had to be very perseverant and accept rejections, traits he had built during his academic career… Today, when Vijay talks about his technology, he speaks both as a researcher and as the CEO of Canopus Networks. Ideas and projects also flow seamlessly between his research group, his start-up and other industry players. Now, Vijay is taking a sabbatical year to focus entirely on his role as a CEO, educate customers and explain the technology and its benefits. 
    Here, Vijay brings a novel insight as he explains how becoming a founder and CEO has changed him as a researcher as well!! According to Vijay, moving a research idea into a commercial product that consumers use, gives researchers more field data about the product and the problem they are solving. Vijay is very confident that his commercial activities are spurring more and better quality academic research. Vijay’s story is evidence that research and commercialisation are not only compatible but also mutually beneficial, when there is a confluence of interests!
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    • 34 min
    How to spiral a start-up into a unicorn? With angel-investor and tech-entrepreneur Alan Jones

    How to spiral a start-up into a unicorn? With angel-investor and tech-entrepreneur Alan Jones

    In this episode, I talk with Alan Jones - an angel investor, tech-entrepreneur and mentor. Alan has worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence with accelerator programs like Startmate, muru-D and BlueChilli and is currently working for the Remarkable accelerator program which helps develop disability tech start-ups. 
    I asked Alan what it takes to transform a start-up into a unicorn, and what the metrics and contextual drivers are. Alan generously shares his immense experience, passion and wisdom and answers questions such as:
    When to bootstrap or raise capital from investors? When not to?How to build a world-class team? How big should it be? How and when to find or compensate co-founders?Should you pivot? When?What is success? What makes great success stories? Is it always making money?What should you say (and not say) to investors?How ambitious or confident should you be?Who should you take advice from? Should you aim to create a good business or a unicorn?What is impact? Which investors care about impact? Is it compatible with financial returns?
    Of course, we could not avoid speaking about the current pandemic. Alan discussed how it affected start-ups and investment so far and how it is going to impact the 2nd half of 2020. Alan is very careful when making predictions about the future, but he gives very useful tips for founders to use over the next 12-18 months. Alan shares his thoughts on the companies or industries that might survive or even thrive in the future - a must listen for all entrepreneurs!!
    Alan’s advice is simple: ‘Be in the right place at the right time with the right product’. He recommends joining an accelerator program that addresses a start-up’s customers and problems in safe work environments to develop ideas... and unicorns!!
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Thank you for providing an amazing insight into the practice and practicalities of scientific research. Dr Rom is an intelligent and natural interviewer, offering rich conversations with inspiring guests.

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