Future Europe series launched by RMIT and Global Victoria

Future Europe series launched by RMIT and Global Victoria

In partnership with Global Victoria in Europe, RMIT's European Innovation Hub has launched a thought leadership series to shed light on the skills, innovation and digitalisation needs as we transition our businesses and our society to a post fossil-fuel economy.

The Future Europe 2023 series is focused on the topic of ‘Building for the Future’ and is set in the context of active bilateral relations between Australia and Spain as well as Australia and France. 

The first event in the series, hosted at Instituto Cervantes in Madrid, Spain in September, brought together senior leaders from companies with Spain-Australia interests in infrastructure, energy and utilities for a discussion on skills, innovation and digitalisation.

The industry roundtable was attended by RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Alec Cameron, Deputy Vice-Chancellor International and Engagement Saskia Loer Hansen, and Executive Director Policy and Impact Tom Bentley. 

Website images 1220 x 720 - 2 L-R: Australian Ambassador to Spain H.E. Sophia McIntyre, Carmen Noguero Galilea, Professor Alec Cameron, Saskia Loer Hansen.

"As we plan and build for a low carbon future on a global scale, it's incumbent on both the private and public sectors to collaborate, to exchange knowledge, and to share the path to make change simultaneously and at pace," Cameron said. 

"This is why we want to turn the collective attention of experts to the challenges and opportunities of our transition to a post fossil-fuel economy in an increasingly digital world." 

The conversation touched on the role of RMIT Europe in connecting Spanish companies with commercial opportunities in Victoria, including Spanish company Global Power Generation’s (GPG) work on the Berrybank Wind Farm in south-west Victoria. 

As part of this collaboration, RMIT last year kicked off an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program for communities in the surrounding area to create jobs and support local economic development. 

"Our impact will only be as great as the community that we are able to engage in this process," Cameron said. 

Website images 1220 x 720 - 1 L-R: Saskia Loer Hansen, Carmen Noguero Galilea, Australian Ambassador to Spain H.E. Sophia McIntyre, Marta Fernandez, Gönül Serbest, Professor Alec Cameron.

The Future Europe 2023 series launch aligned with the opening of a new Victorian Government Trade and Investment (VGTI) office in Europe, located in Paris, France. 

Gönül Serbest, Commissioner for Victoria to Europe, Middle East, Türkiye and Africa and based at the new VGTI office, co-hosted the event in Madrid with RMIT Europe's Executive Director Marta Fernandez. 

In 2023 RMIT Europe is celebrating the significant milestone of its 10-year anniversary of operations in Barcelona. To learn about RMIT's history in Europe and keep up with the latest news and events, visit the #RMITEurope10 webpage and follow RMIT Europe on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. 

Story: Thomas Odell 


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