The foundation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

October 8th 2018, At: Hawthorn Arts Centre,
360 Burwood Rd. Hawthorn Vic 3122

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Speaker Dominik Rohrmus ; Speaker OMER GOZEN ;
Speaker Drew Williams – What VC’s Want;
Speaker Ray Gibbs -Haydale ;
Speaker – Brendan Swifte “Breaking into Australian Markets” ;
Speaker – Mike Zammit

Graphene’s unique characteristics make it an ideal component for the materials that will be part of our future. The Graphene+ 2018 conference, presented by the Australian Graphene Industry Association in Melbourne on 8 October 2018, will explore why.

Graphene+ 2018 is not about graphite mining or graphene manufacturers – it’s about the devices, solutions, products and services that graphene will make possible. It’s also about entrepreneurs and start-ups.

University-initiated start-ups contributed 40% of the value added to the Australian economy from 2004 to 2011 and created more than 1.2 million new jobs, representing 90% of net positive job creation – or 820,000 new jobs. While politicians focus on fighting over company tax cuts, start-up companies are driving the economy.

The challenges the human race faces are big and they need big ideas to respond to them and the ability to execute. One of the key areas of concern is the world we live in – and graphene will play a role in improving the environment from reducing our dependency on plastics to the reduction of CO₂ in the atmosphere. These problems need vision, but they also need execution.

Graphene+ will bring together entrepreneurs, investors, visionaries, engineers, scientists, executives, political leaders and the general public, with the goal of taking the brakes off innovation. By communicating and collaborating, we can solve the problems, invent the solutions, find the industry’s market partners, understand the supply chains and create economic value.

At Graphene+, you can meet the Australian scientists and engineers who are changing the world with smart materials. These innovators – who will drive the country’s economic future over the next 100 years, will generate accelerated ROI for themselves and their companies and become the leaders within their industry verticals. They have been quietly “punching above their weight” for years. Now it’s time for them to come out of the shadows and generate economic value for Australia and the world.

Graphene+ the Fourth Industrial Revolution

In his 2017 book, The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, identifies the paradigm shift to engineered materials as being a key innovation of Industry 4.0.

“With attributes that seemed unimaginable a few years ago, new materials are coming to market,” he writes. “On the whole, they are lighter, stronger, recyclable and adaptive. When graphene becomes price competitive… it could significantly disrupt the manufacturing and infrastructure industries.”

The fact is that graphene is price competitive now, driven by Australian companies that are leading the world in commercialising graphene applications and production.

In a speech at the UK’s Oxford University in May this year, Andrew G. Haldane, chief economist at the Bank of England, said: “The Fourth Industrial Revolution will expand the range of ideas, perhaps more than any of its predecessors.

It may also expand the range of workers who suffer its side effects, perhaps more so than any of its predecessors. In the past, new institutions have emerged to cushion this painful transition, limiting the recessionary hit to societies. Historically, doing so appears to have held the key to sustainable growth… Cross-country growth regressions suggest nations with high-quality institutions outgrow those without.”


Australia is uniquely placed to capitalise on the opportunities presented by combining cutting-edge materials science research with innovative, bootstrapping entrepreneurialism to drive economic growth.

Graphene+ Supply Chain Transformation

The World Economic Forum identified and documented complex supply-chain-based industries – chemical, automotive and aerospace in particular – as the primary drivers of economic growth in the global economy.

Graphene is the revolutionary material that can ultimately transform the performance of current materials and generate innovative products in the energy, information and communication technology, structural and environmental sectors when Industry 4.0 outcomes are delivered.

Capitalising on innovations, the global market for graphene is predicted to explode with the support of technology breakthroughs that will enable successful mass production. We are now past the hype of graphene and into the practical reality phase of “getting things done”.

Commercialisation of graphene requires material that is produced at scale and of a reproducible quality to meet specific application needs. It is an issue of standards. Systematic and reproducible methods for characterising all forms of graphene and are needed to allow confidence in applications and manufacturing reproducibility.

Graphene+ Enabling Innovation

Innovation drives the economy. The Federal Government has already taken a bet on graphene, even though it hasn’t made a song and dance about it. Since 2009, almost $30 million in Australian Research Council grants have been awarded to graphene research, with just under half of those grants going to Victorian universities.

Graphene innovation requires access to labs and testing equipment, which means, logically, that Victoria will likely be the state where a high proportion of the future graphene start-up companies will be founded. These new businesses will need to connect with venture capital. At Graphene+, they will.

Graphene+ the Internet of Things

A Forbes Insights report published in June details how the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating game-changing breakthroughs in AI and robotics. The report notes that the IoT protocol ran out of its 4.3 billion addresses way ahead of schedule and had to be replaced with a new protocol. This alone strongly indicates that a transformation in industry will soon follow.

Graphene composite materials represent one of the most important breakthroughs in that they enable materials themselves to become reporting materials. This will require these protocols to be reviewed and amended once again. Graphene represents one of the most cost-effective paths to ubiquitous sensing and reporting – the heart of the Internet of Things.

Graphene+ User-driven Design

In a world where functionality and user experience become essential considerations, design is critical. Screen interfaces and gamification of user interfaces is a key part of product development but so, too, is the fact that we can now design the molecular structures of the materials we create to deliver the functionality required.

Leveraging graphene in industry through the lens of industrial and user-interface design is going to be major component of the new manufacturing paradigm. At Graphene+ 2018, we will break new ground in uncovering how a multidisciplinary approach to design will supercharge product development and functionality.

Featured Talks & Speakers

The conference features local and international speakers including Omer Gozen, Prof. Peter Middendorf, Dr. Dominik Rohrmus, Professor Bronwyn Fox, Professor Anita Kocsis, Elina Ollila, Amanda Barnard, Chris Gilbey, Volkmar Doericht, Professor David Officer and others.

Oct. 8th — 10.50 The Graphene Machine

Amanda Barnard

Dr Amanda Barnard is a Chief Research Scientist in Data61 at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Oct. 8th — 2.20 pm “Factory of the Future”

Bronwyn Fox

Professor Bronwyn Fox is Director of Swinburne’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, which is strategically positioned at the intersection of design, business, engineering and science.

Oct. 8th — 11:30 AM – Startups – driving global economic growth

Omer Gozen

Vice President | Global Head, New Materials & Packaging at Plug and Play

Oct. 8th — 3:30 PM – “Strategic Investing in Graphene”

Dominik Rohrmus

Dr. Dominik Rohrmus has worked at Siemens in Germany, in different functions in the area of manufacturing and production development, since 2005.

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