The Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle today launched Melbourne Knowledge Week 2014 with a program of more than 90 events showcasing the ideas, innovation and institutions that he said make Melbourne a leading knowledge city.
Cr Doyle said the week-long festival allows discovery of Victoria’s supercomputer, behind-the-scenes exploration at Melbourne medical institutions, tours of Melbourne’s ‘most futuristic workplaces’, talks with entrepreneurs, and discovery the big ideas driving the state’s economy.
“The City of Melbourne’s knowledge sector is a multibillion dollar industry, which employs two thirds of our workforce and accounts for half of our gross regional product.
The Knowledge City Strategy 2014-2018 was launched at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre today during a panel discussion where some of the city’s leading thinkers tested Melbourne’s claims to be a Knowledge City, and discussed the opportunities and challenges facing the knowledge sector.
Panel participants included:
• Peter Doherty, Laureate Professor and Immunologist, The University of Melbourne, Club Melbourne Ambassador
• Dr Nicholas Gruen, Chief Executive Officer, Lateral Economics
• Kate Roffey, Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Melbourne
• Moderator, Peter Clarke, Director, Media Active
Melbourne Knowledge Week runs from today, Monday 27 October to Sunday 2 November, and the full program can be accessed here.