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Episode 5

Innovative Research

Season 1- Episode 5

Connect and Innovate with UOW

In Episode 5 of Wollongong Let’s Get Salty, Zahra Shahbazian explains why the University of Wollongong (UOW) is like an ecosystem, shining a light on global innovation and research and translating this into opportunities to work with regional businesses to find commercial solutions.


In her role as Senior Business Initiatives Manager, she is a connector between the university and business, and large business and their supply chains. Fostering advanced manufacturing and the circular economy principles, to make our region more sustainable, aware, and connected to each other.

A lot of focus from either the New South Wales Government or Federal Government is on ‘translational research’, which means finding the pathways for the research to be accessible to our industry partners, so we can make an impact. Zahra Shahbazian, Senior Business Initiatives Manager, UOW.

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Your Next Salty Steps

Draw some inspiration from our actionable takeaways.

  1.   Find your innovation pathway with UOW technology and research expertise – Innovation and Commercial Research.
  2.    Draw inspiration from UOW success stories – like ‘Builtquik’s’ low-cost cyclone-proof housing kicking goals in remote communities or ‘Manufacturing Metal Solutions’ idea to turn recycled glass into concrete products.
  3. Learn more about sustainable living and stay at the Illawarra Flame House, Innovation Campus, UOW (Solar Decathlon Entry)

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