Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation

The University of Wollongong is committed to working towards the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its governance, teaching and learning, community engagement, partnerships and research. The following initiatives are by UOW staff and students working towards SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.

Innovation Campus

UOW’s Innovation campus is located less than 5 kilometres from the main Wollongong Campus and houses a range of business, governmental entities and research bodies. This community of researchers, teachers, learners and doers, is dedicated to supporting and accelerating achievement by delivering robust academic and industry output. Innovation Campus supports organisations, individuals and our region to connect to an ideas network dedicated to global impacts, and collaborate with government, industry and the community. These bodies form a multidisciplinary network, equipping tenants with actionable insights to drive local and global growth.

Supporting start-ups 

iAccelerate is a unique business accelerator and incubator program at UOW, where start-ups, scaleups, social enterprises and intrapreneurs thrive. Companies are supported by a robust model of education, mentoring, seed funding and unparalleled access to one of the world’s most innovative young research universities. iAccelerate teaches local start-ups and companies to think about the impact of their business, supplementing those ‘hard’ skills in business development with a focus on sustainability, ethics, leadership, collaboration and building a social conscience into business models. 

TRICEP

The Translational Research Initiative for Cell Engineering and Printing - TRICEP - works with research institutions and industry to develop innovative technologies using 3D bioprinting. TRICEP’s world leading research infrastructure assists companies to bring novel technology from concept stage through to prototyping and manufacturing of hardware, to accelerate product development and rapidly decrease time to market.

Australian Institute for Innovative Materials

The Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) is a purpose-built facility at UOW’s Innovation Campus to help transform multi-functional materials research into commercial reality. The researchers at AIIM are at the cutting edge of developing and applying new and innovative materials. AIIM is the first facility that bridges the gaps between breakthroughs, prototyping and commercialisation. The multidisciplinary focus of the Institute brings together biologists, clinicians, chemists, physicists engineers and materials scientists.

UOW Makerspace

The UOW Makerspace is a public creative space providing ‘makers’, both new and experienced, with access to tools, equipment and training. The team fosters an inclusive, vibrant, supportive and exploratory environment for all in the community who are interested in creating, repairing inventing, tinkering or learning-by-doing. The UOW Makerspace provides access to a wide range of equipment and provides expert training and support. The UOW Makerspace is a pilot space of a joint initiative of the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials, Science Space and the Global Challenges Program. The space runs workshops for groups and individuals including schools, teachers and corporate events

Advantage SME and Generator Labs

Advantage SME is UOW’s in-house industry matchmaker, helping businesses and researchers find their ideal partners and build relationships. The Generator Lab connects SMEs, industry and government enterprises with UOW researchers and other stakeholders to solve their innovation problems by using disruptive technologies and collaborative people power.

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To us, it’s about seeing entrepreneurial and really looking outside the box to say hey we could do this in a market or we could do that in the market. It's a very competitive world market that we operate in even here in the Shoalhaven so we have to continue to innovate with the best research available. I like to do things better and easier you know we were looking for innovative solutions for that we've been able to solve most of those problems are there plans of science everyone comes with their little piece of the puzzle and together if we're really open and communicate with one another we can solve that puzzle together all sorts of new opportunities open up on a range of outcomes that you didn't possibly see at the start come to fruition or Arthur it's really important as evidence they to research to make better decision we've had two PhD students working on so there's a lot of very amazing facilities here we also have access to currently work best equipment we are collaborating with industry in our region's to benefit the region we see this work labels of export opportunities we feel very fortunate to have the University in our own backyard but of where do you start it's a big campus who do you actually pick up the phone reporter so advantage SME has really provided that pathway into the university there's great opportunities coming out of the university as a matter of seeing what they're doing and then looking outside the box but sometimes they don't know the practical applications in industry when all starts with an idea and you just work it through the system.

SMART Infrastructure Facility

SMART brings together experts from fields such as rail, infrastructure systems, transport, water, energy, economics and modelling and simulation, providing 30 state-of-the-art laboratories to facilitate this important research. Having created a strong network of global collaborators developing key international partnerships and collaborations, SMART is addressing some of the big challenges in the infrastructure sector. 

Univative 

Univative takes students from the classroom to the boardroom to provide students with consultancy experience, working with organisations from all sectors on addressing real strategic issues and business challenges. Since its launch, Univative has supported 80+ businesses and has had 1,200+ students complete the program.

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Smart Garments

The Smart Garments project has been investigating the feasibility of incorporating antenna arrays within garments for the purposes of communication, localisation and tracking, as well as health monitoring for individuals. The researchers have since developed this technology through a research partnership with Australian wool manufacturer Bluey Merino and with support of the NSW Government.

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Bluey Moreno is an apparel business focused on the active and outdoor industry. The reason that we wanted to put an NFC label into a garment was so that the consumer knows exactly where the fiber in the garment actually comes from. Our job is to go out there and find businesses who truly want to innovate and make sure that we connect them with the right researcher. At the University of Wollongong we have this world-class R&D facility. We had a room of professors and PhD students focus on our problem. This was a very successful project. We now set our sights on achieving next big round of funding commercially we get to come to market with an innovation and collaborations like this critical to help us fulfill our future ambitions.

MOSkin

MOSkin is the world’s most advanced and cost-effective medical radiation sensor technology. This next generation technology is the only real-time radiation sensor that provides an accurate measure of dose to the skin during radiation therapy treatment or diagnostic radiology procedures. Its design allows greater real time control of the amount of radiation delivered, leading to better outcomes for patients. MOSkin was developed by Researchers at UOW Centre for Medical Radiation Physics (CMRP), led by Distinguished Professor Anatoly Rozenfeld and commercialised by med-tech company Electrogenics who received Australian Technology Company of the Year in the Australian Technology Competition 2020 and the Medtech and Pharma Award.


Making future industries

The UOW Global Challenges Program is a strategic interdisciplinary research initiative focussing on four key challenges. The Making Future Industries challenge supports research projects addressing the impact of new technologies and encourages the development of new-to-world products that have a positive impact on society. The challenge has a focus on emerging technologies, new product development, STEM education, the role of making and the interaction of these areas to enhance our capacity for innovation. 

If you know of a UOW project or initiative that's working toward this SDG please let us know. For more information email sdgs-uow@uow.edu.au.



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