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Alzheimer's Australia logoSeptember is Dementia Awareness Month. The theme for 2016 is "You are not alone". Wednesday 21 September 2016 is World Alzheimer's Day.

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History Week 2016It’s History Week from 3 to 11 September 2016. This year’s theme is "Neighbours", and we are invited to acknowledge and celebrate the history of our communities as a crucial part to understanding the past’s impact on the present.


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Technology and transformation

Digital Disruption for Government 2016The second Annual Digital Disruption for Government 2016 takes place in Sydney 27-28 September with a pre-conference workshop on 26 September.

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Defence industry capability - creating a new boom in Australia

posted by The Honourable Christopher Pyne MP, Sep 23, 2016

At the recent GAP Summit the Honourable Christopher Pyne MP spoke about his new role as Minister for Defence Industries and how it is impacted by the innovation agenda.

I would like to acknowledge of course the Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull and Lucy Turnbull, my parliamentary colleague Anthony Roberts, my ministerial colleague and my former colleague, Philip Ruddock, and I think Arthur Sinodinos is also here. Yes, welcome to you, Arthur; obviously the Cabinet Secretary. To Brian Schmidt, I think our only Nobel Prize winner in the room at the moment. Not one of the ones that we count for South Australia. Out of the 15 Nobel Prize winners that Australia has produced, five of them are actually from South Australia. I'd rather be responsible for Nobel Prize winners than coffee houses, but I notice that that has become the vignette of the evening, and of course Adelaide is actually the acknowledged capital of coffee in Australia. Anyone who's been to Adelaide knows that. We created Cibo, we created Rio Coffee, and I have to say Sydney coffee is not nearly as good as Melbourne or Adelaide. It's just a fact of life.

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Spaces of Australian Innovation

How can Australia build and nurture spaces for innovation and creative engagement so that we can become a truly innovative nation? At the end of last year Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed his innovation statement, calling for an 'ideas boom' with a funding package of almost $1.1 billion. What has happened since then?

For the next two months this forum will explore space in the physical, virtual and metaphorical sense. We will discuss Spaces to Collaborate in smarter cities as centres of entrepreneurship and creative culture; Spaces to Learn and nurture Australian talent, embed design thinking and foster personal and economic growth; Research Spaces to encourage academia and industry to collaborate and commercialise research; Head Space and Outer Space, examining the potential of the emerging commercial space industry.

The forum will be leading up to the Global Access Partners 7th Annual Economic Summit on the 15th and 16th of September 2016 at NSW Parliament House with speakers and participants featured in this area.

If you would like to contribute a blog to join the debate, please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au.

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