Advancing Research Education and Engagement with iPREP WA


Innovation Cluster and Atomic Sky combined to deliver commercialisation training to 20 researchers involved in the iPREP WA program. iPREP is part of the AWARE (Advancing Western Australian Research Education)  collaboration between the Graduate Research Schools of the five Western Australian universities Curtin, ECU, Murdoch, Notre Dame and UWA.

The training was part of the iPREP WA initiative to support research collaboration between the universities and industries of Western Australia. The program involves interdisciplinary teams of PhD students, from all five WA universities, working on a six week project with an industry partner during their thesis examination period.

AWARE has a mission to provide opportunities for Western Australian post-graduate research students, early career researchers and research supervisors to evolve their knowledge, skills and experience through innovative and collaborative research education programs.  iPREP WA Director, Dr Natasha Ayers of Edith Cowan University, stated, “Working with commercialisation experts like Atomic Sky, Innovation Cluster and their networks adds immense value to the program and to each of the researchers.”


Innovation Cluster Founder, Peter Rossdeutscher, said iPREP WA is an essential initiative in supporting research engagement between the universities and industries in the State.  “The quality of the interdisciplinary teams of PhD students and their presentations of innovative solutions to industry problems was exceptional.”