This is the wider context for the challenge of “how can scientific and technological breakthroughs be accelerated to improve the human condition?“. In some ways, progress in Australia is being made in the required transformation of innovation; but in other ways the challenge is not being met. This article provides an outline of Australian trends and related recent developments.
McGrail covers many topics including European Union developments; the National Enabling Technologies Strategy; biotechnology and synthetic biology; and insights from science and technology studies. Some of this work draws on insights from McGrail’s excellent Masters thesis at University of Melbourne on Australia’s nanotechnology industry.