On Wednesday 28 August, Austrade and the NSW Government jointly hosted an R&D seminar at the Australian Embassy. Austrade General Manager for North East Asia, Brett Cooper, articulated the "R&D as a service" offering for Japanese companies and the benefits of partnering with Australian universities and research institutes to leverage commercial opportunities in Australia and in overseas markets. NSW Government Commissioner, Peter Knight, and NUW Alliance CEO, Matt Gijselman, explained the major infrastructure initiatives in Western Sydney around the Aerotropolis and described the "multiversity" as a potential R&D partner to Japanese companies.
A panel discussion moderated by the Austrade's Business Development Manager, George Manetakis, discussed the experiences of Hitachi, MHI Australia, The University of Tokyo and Keio University in partnering with Australian universities. Professor Jenny Corbett, representing the Foundation for Australia Japan Studies, gave an overview of various R&D grants and tax incentives available for companies undertaking research in Australia.
Finally, Trade Commissioner, Scott Morriss, detailed the practical support Austrade provides to Japanese Companies looking for R&D partners. Namely, acting as their own personal 'Technology Attaché' to pinpoint research capabilities in Australia.