In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, the now vice-chancellor and president of the University of Newcastle, Alex Zelinsky, joins host Phil Tarrant to reflect on his previous role as chief defence scientist and head of Defence Science and Technology.
Zelinsky will discuss the expectations of the position within defence industry, share his thoughts surrounding the 2016 white paper and reveal the role of academics in their decision-making process.
Discussing his recent appointment with the University of Newcastle, Zelinsky will share how he sees the position as a role to incite real change in the sector, and address how the university’s direct relationship with the end user is resulting in better-tailored solutions to problems and ultimately further research into defence industry.
Enjoy the podcast,
The Defence Connect team
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Episode 212: PODCAST: From micro-business to leading distributor - Graeme Bulte, Aquaterro
Episode 211: PODCAST: Supporting Australia’s veterans and service personnel - Jason Scanes, Forsaken Fighters
Episode 210: PODCAST: Bolstering domestic capabilities in the wake of coronavirus – Robert Nioa, NIOA
Episode 209: PODCAST: Providing an agile workforce to the defence industry – Drew Horsell, Horsell, and Jon Westerland, KBR
Episode 208: INSIGHT: COVID-19 implications on national sovereignty - the Hon. David Fawcett
Episode 207: PODCAST: Collaboration between scientists, industry and government – Tanya Monro, Defence Science and Technology
Episode 206: PODCAST: Celebrating two decades of homegrown Australian ingenuity - Jim Whalley and Steve Robinson, Nova Systems
Episode 205: PODCAST: Teaming up to support the COVID-19 frontline – Ben Barona, Defence Science and Technology, and Craig Maynard, Axiom Precision Manufacturing
Episode 204: PODCAST: Building the nation’s intellectual edge – MAJGEN Mick Ryan AM, Australian Defence College
Episode 203: PODCAST: Digitally adapting the Australian War Memorial - Matthew Anderson, Australian War Memorial