|20 November 2015|

Australia is looking to learn lessons from Scotland on how to best create a perpetual culture of innovation and collaboration within its economy.

Dr Siobhán Jordan, the director of Interface Scotland will visit Victoria from 23 – 30 November as the 2015 veski resident, to share how she and her team have connected Scottish universities and research institutions with industry to develop an innovation economy.

For the past decade Interface has been at the forefront of building profitable and sustainable connections  across all sectors including life sciences, food and drink, energy, social enterprise, and tourism.

The Interface team currently facilitates 180 projects each year and research shows that 79% of clients report an increase in productivity and by 2018, £80million GVA and 2,400 jobs will be added to the Scottish economy.

The 2015 veski residency is in partnership with Monash University, and continues the work of veski to build innovation and capacity in the Australian economy through talent attraction, a connected community and skills training.

veski Chief Executive Officer Julia L Page said:“Dr Jordan’s work with Interface is already an exemplar to several countries and we believe its model can be developed in Australia.”

Dr Jordan said Interface works because it is government supported, yet independent and able to offer a single point of access for business to all Scottish universities and research institutions.

“We are a key component of the business support landscape in Scotland working with sector focused innovation centres, enterprise agencies, and academic partners to promote expertise technologies and facilities that boost business innovation,” she said.

Dr Jordan added: “Scotland is certainly developing an entrepreneurial and innovation culture, with strong results for everyone involved. For example, over 50% of companies surveyed introduce a new product, process or service within one year of completing their partnership with academia.”