Engaging Industry and Research Masterclass


Lecturer: Ashkan AmirShahi

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This session will focus on how to align your project idea to make it more attractive to external funders without compromising the original intent.

  • How to Develop ‘Fundable Research’, in this context fundable research projects are those that can attract funding from industry or government departments.
  • How to develop industry partnerships, developing partnerships can be daunting. We will cover how to identify and build delight-filled partnerships with industry and government.
  • Internal processes and requirements (QUT as an example), we will outline the process for obtaining the correct documentation and approvals when developing a research project at QUT.

We also talk about

  • Different type of grants


About the Lecturer:
Ashkan AmirShahi
Senior Consultant – DWF

Ash has a diverse range of commercial skill with specific expertise in strategy, business development and entrepreneurship as well as consultative sales and negotiation. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Postgraduate Certificate in Biotechnology and Master of Philosophy in Applied Science from Queensland University of Technology. Currently he is undertaking his PhD on Strategic Management and Dynamic Capabilities at University of Queensland.

Ash has academic and operational background in scientific companies. He has successfully run his own businesses for the last ten years and has been actively involved in research and commercialisation.

He also has three years’ experience of working as a project manager. As well as broad academic knowledge and practical experience in business strategy, his background in science means he has particular skill in assisting biotechnology and applied science industry businesses.