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Shared Community Conversations

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How the Defence Innovation Partnership is supporting research for the defence and veteran community.


This month Veterans SA Director, Catherine Walsh, will have an informative conversation with Sumen Rai, Director of the Defence Innovation Partnership.
Established in 2016, the Defence Innovation Partnership is a collaborative initiative of the South Australian Government, Defence Science and Technology Group, The University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, and Flinders University.
As a catalyst for defence-relevant research and development in South Australia, the agency fosters collaboration and engagement between researchers, industry and government.
Tune in online at 1pm on Tuesday 28th September to learn about how the Defence Innovation Partnership is supporting research for the defence and veteran community.

(Please note: There will be no in-person option this month)


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Sumen Rai is the Director of the Defence Innovation Partnership and has spent over 15 years working at the intersection of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and social sciences.

Since 2018, Sumen has led national and international R&D engagement between researchers, industry and government, and delivered novel initiatives such as the Convergence Series which fosters conversations about major defence and national security challenges through transdisciplinary perspectives and collaboration. Sumen also supports research, development and innovation activities for Defence SA and the South Australian Space Industry Centre.

Sumen has previously been a teacher and lecturer in Arts and Design & Technology, a science communicator, and coordinator of outreach and engagement initiatives including several open government hackathons such as the NASA Space Apps Challenge.

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The Veterans SA Shared Community Conversation series is an exploration into issues, topics and discussions which educate, inform and inspire collective and collaborative learnings across the South Australian community.

The topics that are discussed have direct implications for the veteran community, but will focus more broadly on how those connections can be supported in the wider South Australian community and can prove useful in shared partnerships.

Through this conversation series, Veterans SA will bring community leaders together to share knowledge and best practices to ensure the vitality and continuation of our shared community for generations to come.

These sessions are held on the last Tuesday of each month.  You can watch past Community Conversation discussions via the below links or subscribe to be notified when registrations open!


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