Challenges that Go Beyond the Established Framework of Research in Industry, Government and Academia

The healthcare sector, the primary industries, and related technological innovators and research institutes are key pillars of New Zealand’s and Australia’s increasingly knowledge dependent economy. In most cases, breakthrough innovation is the result of intensive interdisciplinary research and development, often drawing on insights from disciplines that lie beyond the focus of attention and the capabilities of a particular organisation, faculty, or government initiative.

Science without innovation neglects opportunities and innovation without science remains shallow and superficial… Diverse knowledge is necessary to solve various problems in the world and to create value in the future, and overcome challenges that go beyond the framework of research in industry, government and academia.

[from the mission of the Honda Research Institute]

To catalyse the transition from the information age to the knowledge age, and in order to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of the Anthropocene, New Zealand and Australian researchers and innovators must create and nurture a collaborative culture that encourages diversification, that recognises neurodiversity as the substrate for innovation, and that bridges organisational boundaries and traditional research silos.

To nurture such a collaborative culture, and to catalyse intensive trans-disciplinary research,  S23M , the AUT Knowledge Engineering & Discovery Research Institute (KEDRI) and the RMIT College of Business have joined forces to host and sponsor the quarterly unConference on Interdisciplinary Innovation and Collaboration.

CIIC brings together academic researchers and practitioners working in the private sector, in particular:

  • research and development staff from various economic sectors,
  • developers of knowledge based services and intelligent human scale software tools,
  • academic researchers in knowledge engineering and discovery,
  • innovators and entrepreneurs,

to tackle wicked problems that don’t have an obvious solution.

CIIC Auckland


CIIC Melbourne


Call for Participation

Join the CIIC community of innovators in open space, and use interdisciplinary collaboration and systems thinking to address challenges such as:

  1. climate breakdown
  2. sustainable and resilient supply chains
  3. compassionate and effective healthcare
  4. the future of agriculture
  5. collaboration and knowledge sharing between humans and machines
  6. blending human interaction and automated  processes
  7. energy efficient transport and housing
  8. the limits of financialised economics
  9. investing in people and learning organisations
  10. development of embryonic industries that are not yet playing a significant role

The CIIC community is inviting participants from all disciplines and economic sectors.

The lists of submitted problem statements and results are growing.

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