Universities are expected to be major contributors to innovations of benefit to society. In this talk, Professor David Gann will explain the thinking and process behind the creation of Imperial College’s $5 billion, White City Innovation Campus. Throughout the planning and construction of this campus, decisions have been influenced by academic research into innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems. The Campus combines large firm, and government laboratories, scale-up space for growing companies, and variety of incubators, hackspaces and innovation spaces, which amongst other contributions attract engagement with the local community. Professor Gann will reflect on the opportunities and challenges of building innovation precincts and ecosystems in Brisbane.

Professor David Gann CBE 

Professor David Gann CBE is Vice-President (Innovation) at Imperial College London, and Chairman of the UK Atomic Energy Authority. He was previously Chairman of the Smart London Board, reporting to the Mayor of London. David is an advisor to the UK Ministers of Defence and Health. He is on the Board of Director Plus, one of world’s largest producers and suppliers of graphene, and has founded four start-up companies. David is an advisor to CEOs and Chairs of major companies in Europe, China and India. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland.

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