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Small to medium enterprise (SMEs) and start-up business leaders are invited to join us for a virtual session to hear how we connect businesses like yours with teams who can help access research and build your own skills.

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Event date and time

Tuesday 14 Sep 2021
2:00pm to 3:00pm AEST


Virtual webinar
Event access link will be shared directly to registered attendees

As Australia's national science agency, CSIRO exists to solve the greatest challenges and serve the nation including businesses; small, medium, and large. We have a rich history of harnessing break-through science and research to solve problems and develop cutting-edge technologies that give businesses a competitive advantage. We have worked with thousands of SMEs and are keen to share how collaborating with CSIRO can benefit your organisation.

As part of our Conversation series, we’re bringing together those who have first-hand experience in successful collaboration in research and development. Hear from panel members including researchers, business leaders, facilitators, funding bodies and each of their experiences. We’ll also explore key programs and insights to help you start your research and development journey.

Panel members:

  • Facilitator: Kirsten Rose, Director, CSIRO Future Industries
  • Mr Alan Steber, General Manager, Steber International
  • Dr George Feast, CSIRO SME Collaboration Nation Lead
  • Dr Anna Daniel, Innovations Connections Facilitator
  • Dr Dadong Wang, CSIRO Data61 Principal Scientist

We hope this session will help you to understand the ways to connect with us and explore how research and development can help your business to increase competitiveness, reduce risk, expand markets, and thrive.


  • Free

Dates and Times

Event date: Sep 2021

Tuesday 14 Sep 2021

Virtual webinar

2:00pm to 3:00pm AEST

Event access link will be shared directly to registered attendees

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Meet the panel

Kirsten Rose

Kirsten Rose.

As Executive Director, Future Industries, Kirsten is a member of the CSIRO Executive Team. In this role, she leads a portfolio which comprises the Agriculture and Food, Health and Biosecurity, Manufacturing, and Services Business Units of CSIRO.

Kirsten is a respected leader in technology and innovation, with a career spanning 30 years in the US, UK and Australia. Prior to joining CSIRO, she was Head of Innovation, Sustainable Operations at BHP, where she had global responsibility for bringing together innovation and technology to drive material improvements in key sustainability-related challenges.

Her previous positions include Director of the Founder Institute, an entrepreneur training and start-up launch program, State Manager for the Australian Institute of Company Directors and CEO of the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia.

Kirsten actively supports the innovation ecosystem through Non-Executive Director and advisory board roles, as well as mentoring, and enjoys helping entrepreneurs commercialise their ideas.

George Feast.

Dr George Feast

George is the SME Collaboration Nation Lead and is based in Clayton, Victoria. The Collaboration Nation initiative aims to double the number of SMEs (small-medium sized enterprises) that engage with publicly-funded research by increasing facilitation and reducing the barriers for SME entry into CSIRO and universities.

Dr Feast recently worked with RMIT research team to produce a report on the findings of Australia’s largest ever SME survey. You can download a copy of the report here.

Dr Anna Daniel

Anna Daniel.

Anna is an Innovation Facilitator with Innovation Connections, part of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme. She works with SMEs based south of the Tropic of Capricorn in Queensland. Anna’s career has been described by a Federal Government Research Taskforce as ‘far from conventional’. Her diverse experience informs her ability to facilitate collaborations between business, government and researchers. 

Anna has worked for 25+ years in research (business and academia), policy and entrepreneurship.  She has successfully delivered hundreds of research projects to corporate clients worldwide and been recognised for excellence.

She’s also started her own innovative digital businesses and volunteered as a founding co-Ambassador of Open Knowledge Foundation in Brisbane, which grew a grassroots community of coders, makers and data gurus.

Dadong Wang.

Dr Dadong Wang

Dr Dadong Wang is a Principal Research Scientist and the leader of the CSIRO Quantitative Imaging Research Team, part of the CSIRO Data61.

The research team has extensive experience and a track record in developing intelligent end-to-end imaging and image analysis solutions and via collaboration with innovation partners bring them to the market.

Alan Steber, Steber International

Alan Steber.

Alan Steber is the Managing Director of Steber International, a family owned boat manufacturing business based in Taree, NSW. Alan was matched with researchers from the University of Newcastle under the Innovation Connections grant. This collaboration helped to successfully evaluate and test Steber’s hybrid diesel/electric boat for commercial use.

Alan is a founding Member and Director of the Australian International Marine export group and a former Director of the NSW Boating Industry Association. Alan is also on the Advisory Safety Panel to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

Alan is passionate about Australian Manufacturing and a “can do attitude” to keep manufacturing in Australia and supports maximum Australian Content in every Government Tender.
About Steber International

Steber International was founded in 1946 originally producing timber clinker hull boats. Steber International changed to fiberglass (FRP) construction in 1959 and is considered as one of the pioneers in the construction of fibreglass vessels in Australia. The company has remained at the forefront of the industry and is now regarded as the premium manufacturer of commercial fibreglass vessels and composite components.