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Australia Innovates for Associations

10 April 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Olivia Palmer
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While Australia, one of our major destination sponsors, is a place of incredible beauty, it is also a place of innovation – where some of their brightest people are breaking new ground across a variety of fields.

Australia’s association events industry has a close relationship with it's world-class research institutions and knowledge hubs, which are fostering innovative minds. They can assist meeting planners in expanding their networks and attracting exceptional speakers and presenters for their conferences & conventions in Australia.

Here are just a few stories on some of Australian’s brightest people.

The Bionic Spine Powered: By Brain Waves
It sounds like science fiction: a ‘bionic spine’that enables people paralysed by spinal cord injury or stroke to walk again – by the power of thought alone. But thanks to Australian neurologist and researcher Dr Thomas Oxley, science fiction is about to become science fact.

A few years ago, Australian neurology resident Thomas Oxley set out to design a device that uses brain waves to power prosthetic limbs. Today, Oxley’s revolutionary invention is about to enter human trials, giving hope that millions of people paralysed by injury or stroke will soon be able to walk again.

Nura Headphones: Changing the Way The Way the Way the World Hears
 Headphones are a deeply personal item. They have the ability to transport you from your current environment – be it working, commuting or exercising – and into your own private space of music, movie, podcast or video game.

The quality of headphone audio is crucial to this experience. Australian startup, Nura, has created a world first: its headphones not only let you listen to sound, they listen to how you hear. It is a ground breaking concept, and one that has the potential to be a game-changer for the audio industry.

Australian Invention 'Seabin' Tackles Ocean Pollution
On his travels around the world, surfing and building boats, Andrew Turton was shocked by the amount of rubbish he saw floating in the world’s waterways. Over a beer with his friend Pete Ceglinski, he asked: if we have rubbish bins on land, why don’t we have rubbish bins for the ocean?

This simple question resulted in the Seabin,an innovative, world-first invention that is attracting global attention for its potential to help clean the ocean and revolutionise the health of marine ecosystems around the world.

Bees with Backpacks: Micro-Sensors Help Solve Global Honey Bee Decline
Honey bees are dying at an unsustainable rate, intensifying food security threats. Scientists in Australia have developed a power-efficient micro-sensor platform that can be used to investigate the forces causing their decline. 

 For the first time, researchers can track individual bees in unprecedented detail: the duration of foraging missions, the rest periods between flights, and movement between hives. They even know the precise time of death, as the sensors last the duration of the bee’s life – between two and four months.This innovative technology will help improve honey bee health and protect agricultural industries around the world.

For more stories on some of Australian’s brightest people, read the latest edition of Australia Innovates magazine at

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