Recent talks

Concepts and methods for strengthening risk cultures. Panel session on the Culture of Risk the LabWorks 2015 Conference, London 9 July. LabWorks2015 talk.

A strategy for maximising the potential of the interface between science and policy. Brisbane Ecosciences Precinct Seminar (organized by the Queensland Government). 25 June 2014 Ecosciences talk 25-06-14 CIRC

Maximising the return on investment in collaborative public policy: rationales, strategies and tactics Presentation to research staff and senior management at University of Southern Queensland. Toowoomba, Queensland. 24 June 2014.

Maximising the return on investment in collaborative public policy: rationales, strategies and tactics. Presentation to Collaborative Research Network (CRN) Program Managers. Toowoomba, Queensland. 24 June 2014.

Counter balancing evidence-based policymaking with intelligence-based policymaking. Talk given to the Masters of Public Policy students at the Blavatnik School of Government. University of Oxford. 19 April 2014. BSG seminar v1d  BSG discussion starter v2a   BSG SLIDES

Innovation and the productivity challenge in the public sector. Talk given at the inaugural Policy Reflections Forum at the Department of Communications. Wednesday 5 March 2014. Summary. Full text: Dept Coms talk 05-03-14 FINAL

Innovation in governance: the productivity benefits of fostering a greater tolerance for uncertainty and ambiguity. Paper given at the ANZSOG workshop on ‘Twenty-first Century public management: the experimentalist alternative’. 11-12 Feb. Crawford School of Public Policy. 2014 Innovation talk v1a

Implementing experimental governance:
Implications for the evaluation of industrial policy and for maximising learning from industrial practice.
Presentation to the OECD Expert Group on the Evaluation of Industrial Policy. 16 January. Paris. 2014 OECD slides 16-01-2014 v1

Managing innovation and risk is a public sector context. TMF Risk Management Conference: NSW Government Manage Risk – Drive Performance. Australian Technology Park. Sydney. 7 November. 2013 NSW Talk slides v1

Supporting the parliament by enhanced government – academic cooperation. Presentation to a workshop on Parliamentary Research services: Roles and Functions. National Assembly Research Service. Republic of Korea. 1 November. 2013

Strengthening government – academic cooperation in public policy. Seminar given at the Korean Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management. 31 October. 2013

Strengthening government – academic cooperation in public policy. Seminar given at the Graduate School of Public Policy University of Tokyo. 28 October. 2013

Managing innovation and risk in a public sector context – leadership challenges with specific reference to social policy. Talk given to the Department of Human Services Accountants Network: Canberra. 2013. Summary.

Thinking & Acting Strategically: Lessons from Establishing a Joint Policy Think Tank. ANU Management Program 2013. Strategic Leadership in Education, Research and Public Policy: Canberra. 2013

Managing innovation and risk in a public sector context. Talk given to the Government of Singapore Civil Service College. 2013 Senior Management Program (Australian segment). 2013

Federation Green Papers. Talk given at the second workshop organised by the Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on Improving collaboration between the Australian Public Service and Researchers. 10th July 2013. Australian National University. 2013 Summary. Full text: speech_at_2nd_pmc_workshop

Building effective collaboration between government and academia: Putting the role of evidence-based policymaking into a more realistic context. Keynote speech given at a workshop organized by the Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet entitled Improving collaboration between the Australian Public Service and Researchers. 13th June 2013 held at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. 2013 Summary. Full text: PMC_matthews_speech first_final

Is innovation policy at risk of heading for a legitimacy crisis and how should the policy community respond to such risks? Seminar given at Institute of Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. 19tthh March. 2013 Wellington talk 19-03-13 v1c

Lessons from building a collaborative partnership between government and academia. Talk given at Wiley Inc. Executive Seminar on Making research Relevant. Feb, Melbourne. 2013

Evaluation and Innovation: Why improvements to dealing with uncertainty and risk in evaluation are a key enabler of public sector innovation. Talk given at Queensland Govt. Department of Information Technology and Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA) Forum on ‘Science, Technology and Innovation Policy: Evaluation Perspectives’. Brisbane, 23rd May. 2012

Governments’ role as uncertainty and risk manager of the last resort: Implications for the public sector innovation agenda. Talk given to Australian Government Department of Finance and Deregulation. Canberra. May. 2012

The multiple pathways via which basic research can lead to innovation or economic benefits for Australia.
Presentation to a high-level Roundtable on Achieving Economic Spillovers from Science in Australia. Government House, Canberra. (attended by the Governor-General). 2012

Risk and uncertainty in public policy. Talk given at Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) Tertiary Quality and Participation Division Planning Day. 2012

Uncertainty and risk management as a key driver and enabler of public sector innovation. Talk given at the CPA Congress in Canberra. 23rd September. 2011

The public sector innovation agenda: on or off the rails? Speech delivered to the Attorney-General’s Department Canberra, 3rd August. 2011

Evaluation and Innovation: Why improvements to dealing with uncertainty and risk in evaluation are a key enabler of public sector innovation. Talk given to the Canberra Evaluation Forum. 19th May. 2011

Building effective partnerships between academia, government and business to support policy innovation: lessons from the establishment of the HC Coombs Policy Forum. Presentation to the Innovation Australia Board. 19th May. 2011

No risk – no reward: Giving preparedness a central role in science and innovation policy. Presentation to Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Innovation Week. May. 2011

Why Interoperability? Presentation at symposium on Enhancing Interoperability in the Emerging Global Research Order. Joint Symposium organised by FEAST and the University of Queensland. Brisbane. March. 2011

Innovative approaches to supporting University research. Presentation at the 3rd Annual Australian Higher Education Congress 2010 .10 – 12 March 2010, Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney.  2010

Assembling a Useful Evidence-base for Formulating International Engagement Strategies: Overview and Findings to Date. Presentation at a FEAST-run training workshop for staff in International Strategy and Europe Section, Science and Infrastructure Division, Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. 20th October. 2009

Opportunities for Australian-European collaboration in research and innovation. Presentation at the joint International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) and the European Association for International Education (EAIE). Sydney 11th & 12th October. 2009

The Role of Evidence in Policy Innovation.  Presentation at the Conference on Evidence Based Policy Making: Laying the Foundations for Innovative and Sustainable Policy. 28th & 29th October, Canberra. 2009

Sustaining international collaboration during the global financial crisis. Presentation to Government of South Australia workshop on regional cooperation strategies, 20th April. Adelaide. 2009

Fostering creativity and innovation in cooperative federalism – the uncertainty and risk dimensions. Presentation at the Australia-Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) Annual Conference. Melbourne.11th September 2008.

European perspectives on the expected returns from investment in university research. Presentation at the joint ANU-Group of Eight International Symposium Costs & Compacts. 15th July, Canberra. 2008

The Evolving Nature of Australian-European Research and Innovation Collaboration Presentation at a workshop on The European Union: National and International Perspectives, Contemporary Europe Research Centre, 30th May, Melbourne. 2008

Defining strategic agendas for internationally engaged research cooperation. Plenary address to the Australasian Research Management Society Annual Conference – Fusion 2007: Collaboration with Impact. Adelaide.  21st September. 2008

R&D collaboration with Europe: A strategic perspective. Presentation to CSIRO international engagement strategy formulation workshop. Canberra. 2007

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