• Extraordinary Insights

    This workshop aims to equip and empower UQ researchers to recognise and realise the potential of their research for commercial, social and environmental impact.                                              

    Gain insights from leaders in industry and some of UQ's entrepreneurial academics, and draw from UniQuest’s 30+ years of experience with industry engagement, commercial research, innovation management and commercialisation.

  • Inspired Commercialisation

    Through keynote presentations, panel discussions, interactive Q&A sessions and workshopping, UQ management and researchers will explore:

    • The road from invention to market
    • Industry engagement
    • Intellectual property management
    • Research commercialisation models
  • Academic Progression

    • Productivity. Industry interaction and impact can help fund more postdocs and resources leading to greater research output
    • Publications. Academics engaged with industry and commercialisation typically publish more highly-ranked papers 
    • Profile. Industry and public recognition attracts quality staff and students and enhances academic reputation 
    • Progression. Universities increasingly promote based on publications, profile, output and impact, including commercialisation outcomes

About UniQuest's UQ Research Commercialisation Workshop

The UQ Research Commercialisation Workshop is UniQuest's premium annual event tailored specifically for UQ management and researchers.

The free two-day workshop focusses on IP management and industry engagement in the context of commercialisation.

Over the past decade, UniQuest has hosted more than 3,000 UQ researchers at its workshops, encouraging entrepreneurship and guiding UQ researchers in their approach to commercialisation.

Some researchers may hold a suspicious view of industry and commercialisation, believing the private sector could either compromise academic independence and integrity or at best influence research for private gain. Recently, universities have come to see themselves as agents of social, environmental and economic change, seeking to engage with the broader community to lead and influence both public policy and economic development.

Many UQ academics have come to realise that industry engagement, collaboration and commercialisation can achieve academic freedom, peer acknowledgement and recognition while maximising local and global impact. In addition, with university budgets coming under increasing pressure, these activities can become a mechanism to fund research programs to new levels, instead of relying solely on public funding programs.


What others have said

Ali Soofastaei

“The UniQuest Commercialisation Workshop was one of the best conferences/workshops I have attended during my studies as a PhD student and working as a postdoctoral research fellow at The University of Queensland. It helped me initiate a new commercial opportunity with a discovery I made with my research team during my PhD ... I definitely recommend all my friends and colleagues attend the next Workshop.”

Ali Soofastaei, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, UQ
2016 Commercialisation Workshop





Warren Hogarth

“I was doing my PhD in nanotechnology in Professor Max Lu’s laboratory and went along to the UniQuest Commercialisation Workshop. It really opened my eyes to commercialisation and was my first insight into venture capital. It really got me excited. I finished my UQ PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2006, did an MBA at Harvard and have been with Sequoia Capital since.”

Warren Hogarth, Partner at Sequoia Capital, San Francisco Bay Area
2003 Commercialisation Workshop





Nasim Amiralian

“The UniQuest Commercialisation Workshop was one of the most inspiring workshops or conferences that I have ever attended during my education. It gave me hope in my dream that a commercially oriented research career is possible in a university environment. It helped me initiate a new commercial opportunity with a discovery I made during my PhD with Prof Darren Martin; a renewable nanomaterial and platform technology ¬ with multiple potential applications which I am now pursuing as a postdoc. I recommend that everyone attend the workshop.”

Nasim Amiralian, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Martin Group, AIBN, UQ
2014 Commercialisation Workshop


Joe Codamo

“I was already interested in industry but the UniQuest Commercialisation Workshop cemented my desire to make a difference in the commercial side of science. When I finished my PhD in Biotechnology and Bioengineering at the AIBN, my awareness of commercialisation from the Workshop helped me get a job with DSM Biologics in Groningen, Netherlands.”

Joe Codamo, Project Manager at Patheon, Brisbane
2007 Commercialisation Workshop



2017 Program

UniQuest’s UQ Research Commercialisation Workshop is a two-day workshop consisting of keynote presentations, panel discussions, interactive Q&A sessions and true workshopping, exploring the key themes of:

  • From invention to innovation to market
  • Intellectual property management
  • Industry engagement
  • Research commercialisation models

For a copy of the 2017 Workshop Program please click here


Applications closed

Applications to attend the 2017 Research Commercialisation Workshop are now closed.

If you have any queries regarding the workshop or future events, you can contact us at any time by emailing workshops@uniquest.com.au.



Watch a video

Watch a timelapse video of the commercialisation pathway as illustrated by Dr Sue Pillans, Graphic Recordist for the Research Commercialisation Workshop. 

Research Commercialisaiton Workshop Pathway to Commercialisaiton (1min:14sec)









Contact Us

For general enquiries regarding UniQuest’s UQ Research Commercialisation Workshop, email us at workshops@uniquest.com.au or contact us via the form at www.uniquest.com.au/contact-us



Attendee Information

  • Place and Time

    399 Queen Street
    3365 8999

    Day 1: Tuesday, 25 July 2017
    Start 8.30am with coffee available on arrival.
    End first day with canapes, drinks and networking until about 6.30pm.
    Day 2: Wednesday, 26 July 2017
    Start 8.30am with coffee available on arrival.
    End workshop at 5.30pm.

  • Travel

    Bus and train: City bus stops and Central train station are close to Customs House. Walk to Customs House down Queen Street away from the Mall or go along the river boardwalk in the direction of the Story Bridge.

    City Cat: Customs House is just a few minutes walk from the Riverside Centre City Cat stop in the direction of the Story Bridge.

    Drive & Park: Parking available at Wilson's Parking at Riverside - 123 Eagle Street BRISBANE (5 minute walk from Customs House.)

    Note workshop participants are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from the workshop and at their own cost.