Ethos Australia update - July 2016
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Ethos events

Ethos tips

Ethos news

Ethos in action


Ethos events


Upcoming: The 2016/17 Ethos Research Leaders Forum


The 2016/17 Ethos Research Leaders Forum will commence in November 2016, registrations are now open.

The Ethos Research Leaders Forum is a unique, high level, professional development program for senior research leaders across Australia.

Over 200 research leaders have participated in this program from across 22 Australian universities. Participants from a mix of disciplines and universities explore in-depth the nature of leadership in a research environment.

The course schedule for the 2016/17 Forum is as follows:
  • 15-16 November 2016 - Adelaide
    10 February 2017 - Brisbane
    24 March 2017 - Melbourne
    12 May 2017 - Sydney

Click here to find out more about this program
Click here to download the registration form


Innovation and Enduring Relationships – Industry / University Links

Sydney 26-27 September 2016

Melbourne 28-29 September 2016

A two day seminar for senior researchers involved with industry, and industry leaders involved with universities.

Mark Douglas, Ethos and Tom Kennie from Ranmore will co present a new 2 day course focused on driving effective engagement between universities and industry. 

Are you focused on innovation arising for university research?   

Do you chase a single research project or do you focus on an enduring relationship?

Whether you are from industry, government or from a university, it is not enough to have a great industry university collaborative project.  This project is likely to be of limited value to either party unless it is forming the basis of an enduring relationship. Read more

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Ethos tips

Are You Taking Business University Engagement Seriously?

Business/University engagement that drives innovation is a body contact sport. Are you prepared for the commitment?

Have you invested in regular and frequent meetings that bring the partners together? Is there a project schedule with realistic milestones?

History tells us that business/university partnerships are poorly managed and are often not strategically aligned. The same approach to the management of supply chains or major customers would not be tolerated. Read more

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The SWOT Analysis: Avoid the Common Trap

The SWOT Analysis, an exploration of strengths weaknesses, opportunities and threats, is a key step in strategic planning but it is largely misunderstood.

A vital step in any planning is an honest appreciation of the now, the current circumstances facing the organisation. Before you plan to go to a new destination, the path is always influenced by your ‘current location’. 

The two critical parts to this analysis are, those issues that the company can control and those the company cannot control. Read more

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Essentials of The Research Pitch


Research leaders must be able to communicate the value of their research to those who have no knowledge of their discipline, in less than 3 minutes.

The audience must be left wanting more. The response you are seeking is: “Tell me more” or “How can we get involved in this work?”

This research pitch must be memorable, interesting and accessible. Read more

Ethos news

Who Participates In The Ethos Forum?

Participants from the two most recent programs have included the following position titles:
  • Dean, Head of School (4)
  • Academic Director
  • Director Research Institute (5)
  • Deputy Director Research Institute (2)
  • Associate Dean Research (2)
  • Deputy Dean
  • Senior Manager Commercialisation
Contact us for more information on the program

Build a Culture of Entrepreneurship!

Professor Peter Andrews AO, the immediate past Chief Scientist of Queensland was the eminent  guest presenter at the recent Ethos Research Leaders Forum held in Brisbane in June.  Peter challenged the participants of the Ethos Forum to operate at the interfaces of their discipline.  This is the source of innovation and interdisciplinary research. Peter linked research leadership with entrepreneurship with an ‘iron clasp’.   His message was clear, all research leaders from the sciences and the humanities should be developing a culture of entrepreneurship to assist in the translation of research to create community benefit.    However he explained that the research leader was only one part of the chain in growing a more sophisticated entrepreneurial culture within our community that started with a commitment to entrepreneurship at primary school.       

In-house Leadership Development

In July August and September 2016 Ethos will deliver another major in-house research leadership program for a Melbourne based university.
The program will include but will not be limited to:
  • Building and sustaining a research culture
  • Research teams’ vs the sole researcher, which is right when?
  • Mentoring in a research environment, logistics and landmines
  • Developing and implementing a research strategy
  • Building external links beyond the university – establishing a culture of external engagement across teaching and research.
The program will have focus on ensuring personal leadership initiatives within the next 12 months.

Ethos in action

Ethos Exchange- A new program coming in 2017

Ethos has something new and exciting in the pipeline.
A new concept in developing leadership across research and higher education organisations will launch in 2017.
For eight years participants of the Ethos Forum, at the last session  have asked “What’s next, how can we continue the Ethos experience?”  Now we have the answer.
This will be a global partnership spanning USA and the United Kingdom.
This will create a new dynamic within the higher education and the research sector.
The launch of this program is coming soon.

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