24 - 25 July, 2018 | PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW

Day Two: Wednesday 25th July, 2018

8:30 am - 9:00 am Coffee and Registration


Tom Olma

Acting Pathology West and Rural Microbiology Discipline Scientist, In–charge of Core Microbiology, ICPMR
Westmead, NSW Health Pathology

9:10 am - 9:50 am INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Case Study: How Syngenta is Bringing Research and Digital Together to Enhance Innovation

Brandon Dohman - Digital Innovation Lab Lead- US, Syngenta
By bringing a research-based approach to digital development, Syngenta has been able to produce tools more in line with customer needs in a faster, more agile fashion. At Syngenta’s Digital Lab, lean startup methodologies and design thinking are critical to success. In this session, Brandon will detail how to derive benefits through design thinking and lean methodologies within a scientific workplace:

  • The seed idea: What was the initial catalyst for the change and have the imagined benefits been realized?
  • The process of change: How were these significant changes to operations successfully made?
  • The outcomes: What have been the results of adjusting the culture and thought surrounding employee experience, product, and customer?

Brandon Dohman

Digital Innovation Lab Lead- US

9:50 am - 10:30 am Effective Management of Equipment Across a Large Research Organisation to Maximise ROI and Enhance Productivity

Mathew Wilson - Scientific Equipment Specialist, Garvan Institute
At the Garvan Institute hundreds of researchers operate within nine different divisions. Mathew’s role as the Scientific Equipment specialist is to assess the need for equipment across the institution and ensure it is available to the people who need it, when they need it, resulting in an operation which runs as efficiently as possible. In this session Mathew will explain:

  • Strategies put in place to ascertain the needs of the researchers
  • How this role has improved operations within Garvan and new opportunities which have stemmed from this
  • Managing communications with and between multiple labs and professionals

Mathew Wilson

Scientific Equipment Specialist
Garvan Institute

10:30 am - 11:00 am Morning Tea

11:00 am - 11:40 am What’s Brilliant and BRIGHT at the Australian Synchrotron

Dr Michael James - Senior Principal Scientist, Australian Synchrotron

The 3 GeV Australian Synchrotron is an electron
accelerator that generates relativistic packets of
electrons to produce brilliant beams of infrared and
X-ray light for use in a vast array of scientific research.
The Australian Synchrotron is one of Australia’s premier
research facilities and represents one of the biggest
single investments in scientific excellence in the nation’s
history. Following its operation on behalf of the State
of Victoria, the Australian Synchrotron is now owned
and operated as part of the Australian Nuclear Science
and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).
The Australian Synchrotron has become an integral
part of the Australian and New Zealand research
landscape. The facility has now supported over 42,000
user visits to its 10 operational beamlines, resulting in
scientific research that has already had a significant
and lasting impact. The facility generates more than
500 peer reviewed journal articles annually, with 20%
appearing in the world’s leading journals. Moving to
Commonwealth operation has enabled the substantial
refurbishment of our existing suite of beamlines and
accelerator systems. In this presentation:
 How refurbishment facilitated the development
of high-throughput measurements and associated
computing and data analysis workflows; leading
to increased capacity, new capabilities, improved
sensitivity, and new approaches to learning and
scientific collaboration
 Some of the major, recent development projects
at the Australian Synchrotron; detailing the
capabilities and activities of several of the current
suite of operational beamlines
 Looking forward to the expansion of the Australian
Synchrotron, called the “BRIGHT” program
which will include the development of eight new
beamlines and will deliver a substantial set of new
beamline capabilities to complement the existing

Dr Michael James

Senior Principal Scientist
Australian Synchrotron

11:40 am - 12:20 pm Case Study: Physical Positioning to Increase Stakeholder Interaction and Enhance Productivity and Innovation

Tim Boyle - Leader- Business Development, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
ANSTO is a unique facility, not only does it contain Australia’s only nuclear reactor but is also the custodian of Australia’s major landmark research infrastructure for the benefit of all Australian’s. As a modern science and technology organisation with both research and commercial operations, ANSTO is a great example of the collaborative and innovative benefits derived from the colocation of research and business endeavors. In this session Tim will share how ANSTO plans to scale upon these benefits to business and innovation through the establishment of the ANSTO Innovation Precinct:

  • Milestones in the journey so far: how collaboration has positively influenced research, individuals and ANSTO
  • How increased collaboration and innovation has shaped business
  • The path ahead: crowding in students and business to collocate with ANSTO

Tim Boyle

Leader- Business Development
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm Lunch

1:20 pm - 2:00 pm Case Study: Introducing a LIMS System Into The Laboratory for Improved Communication and Productivity

Pieter Swanepoel - Business Unit Manager, Eurofins |ams
LIMS systems have the ability to connect all facets of the lab, track work and progress and manage data: they have huge potential to improve lab-wide functioning across a broad range of industries and laboratory types. There are, however, significant considerations and challenges in implementing such a system. In this session Pieter will detail the process of implementing a LIMS at BioVet :

  • Preparing staff and current systems for a smooth transition to LIMS system
  • Managing the transition: approaching change in a step by step fashion for maximum success
  • Troubleshooting problems early on: attaining the capabilities for early detection and intervention of issues

Pieter Swanepoel

Business Unit Manager
Eurofins |ams

This is your chance to make your conference experience truly interactive and
collaborative. Each IDG is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by an
expert practitioner in the space. In two rotations, each IDG will last for 20 minutes,
allowing you to pick the two top of mind topics you wish to discuss and solve.
1.     Developing and Installing an operating model- Justin Mynar, Core Labs
2.     Applying lean experimentation for science, in the context of digital and business - Brandon Dohman, Syngenta
3.     Managing people and processes to successfully implement new technology- Tom Olma, Westmead 


Brandon Dohman

Digital Innovation Lab Lead- US


Justin Mynar

Associate Vice President for Research and Executive Director
Core Labs


Tom Olma

Acting Pathology West and Rural Microbiology Discipline Scientist, In–charge of Core Microbiology, ICPMR
Westmead, NSW Health Pathology

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm Afternoon Tea

3:10 pm - 3:20 pm Closing remarks from Conference Chairperson

3:20 pm - 3:20 pm Close of Conference