Communications & Media

University’s Defence Network showcased at industry forum

The University’s Defence Network joined local defence businesses and industry for the recent Tasmanian Defence Futures Forum in Hobart.

Hosted by the Tasmanian Government, the event provided an opportunity for several key Defence Prime and Commonwealth Government representatives to review the State’s defence industry capability and explore opportunities within the Australian Defence supply chain.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Brigid Heywood said the University’s Defence Network represented a repository of high-level expertise in areas important to defence and is closely linked to industry and government.

“In these transformational geopolitical times, the University of Tasmania’s contributions to Australia’s security and defence objectives are many and varied,” Professor Heywood said.

“The University’s cross-disciplinary Defence Network is focused on research to solve complex, long-term challenges for the Australian Defence Force and strengthen the nation’s capabilities in defence science innovation.

“The research ranges from maritime engineering and design including specialist work in hydrodynamics, simulation, chemical defence, and satellite and communication technologies through to human factors including research and human nutrition within the context of defence needs.

“The Defence Network is another example of the strong networks enjoyed by the University as a whole, and ensures that our staff, students and partners are working in concert to support Australia.”

For more information on the University’s Defence Network visit

Picture caption: Prof Brigid Heywood discussing the University’s Defence Network with (from left) A/Prof Jonathan Binns, Tasmania’s Defence Advocate Rear Admiral Steve Gilmore and Kim Gillis, Deputy Secretary Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), DoD.

Published on: 01 Dec 2017 1:17pm