We’ve never seen anything like this from Government before…

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Last week, TMR hosted the inaugural Transport MIXr – an event focused on ‘no obligation innovation’ – encouraging collaboration between TMR and Queensland-based researchers to change the way we approach problem solving.

The time has come to break traditional thought patterns and forge new relationships to solve existing problems, and partnerships between the knowledge experts and service deliverers is the only way to ensure our future success. This is in line with Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland commitment.

Our Innovation and Performance Unit devised this event to facilitate long-term innovation and improvements in research and development outcomes by creating connections and developing networks to share ideas and expertise.

To deliver improved research and development outcomes for the state, we want to know more about what’s being discovered, designed and manufactured, and figure out how we can incorporate this into our ongoing business practices to deliver for our customers.

60 academics and researchers from institutions across Queensland joined TMR staff from across the department to look at transport-related topics across disciplines such as civil engineering and built environment, urban design and mathematical sciences, marketing and psychology, public health, business and law.

The high energy day kicked off with a case study on how James Cook University teamed with industry to cut costs and achieve huge environmental benefits by using recycled plastic in concrete.

Then came the Research Bazaar – five concurrent sessions with six speakers each having 10 minutes to pitch their research to the audience.

The TMR Tango, a 90 minute ‘speed dating’ format provided time for small groups of staff and researchers the chance to share challenges and academic perspectives, also in 10 minute sessions.

I truly hope this event sets the tone for future partnerships between research, industry and the public sector, and look forward to building on the connections and collaborations made.

Matt Longland
Deputy Director General Policy, Planning and Investment
TMR Innovation Champion