JCU Connect Bringing Ideas to Life

Written by: Success North Queensland | September 30, 2019

JCU has an international reputation for our innovative approaches to teaching and research. JCU Connect was established to actively seek industry partners to forge long-term mutually beneficial relationships and support it’s growing network of researchers.

With a long history of working in partnerships with industry, JCU aims to continue as an integral part of Cairns’ future. By actively seeking partnerships to collaborate and innovate, JCU Connect becomes part of the conversation and planning for the future of the North.

Cairns Innovation Centre – JCU’s vision to drive innovation in Northern Queensland

The under-construction Cairns Innovation Centre (CIC) will be a focal point for industry and research collaboration as well as nurture great ideas.

Cairns Campus Director David Craig says the CIC will present an opportunity for the university, industry and the community to connect and collaborate.

“The Cairns Innovation Centre will be a place where businesspeople, entrepreneurs, community organisations, researchers, educators and students can work and learn from each other,” says David.

The Innovation Centre will house JCU’s innovative Internet of Things program, nurture students, researchers and industry and will lead to the creation of products and processes with real commercial application that can drive economic growth and diversity for northern Australia.

JCU is recognised as a leader in encouraging a spirit of entrepreneurship, challenging existing ways of doing business, exchanging knowledge and partnering to commercialise research. Construction for the Cairns Innovation Centre began this year and is expected to be completed by Semester Two 2020.


Collaborate 2019 – Cairns’ first University and Industry Partnerships Conference

Director JCU Connect Rochelle Finlay is proud to announce JCU Connect together with AusIndustry will bring the first University and Industry Partnerships Conference to Cairns. The half-day conference will be held on 22 October at The Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort. “The conference features key representatives from local businesses, JCU researchers and partnerships experts who will present the benefits, challenges and opportunities of partnering with universities – a must for any business or government organisation considering or interested in collaborating with JCU,” says Rochelle.


Collaborate 2019 Cairns 22 October at The Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort.

Cost: $45 – $65 

Includes morning tea, networking lunch and half-day conference.

Purchase tickets at www.jcuconnect.com 

Success North Queensland