Recent DCC conference attendances: Angel Investments ’10, nanoscience and polymer symposiums

Recent DCC conference attendances: Angel Investments ’10, nanoscience and polymer symposiums

Recent DCC conference attendances: Angel Investments ’10, nanoscience and polymer symposiums

AAAI 2010 Australian Association of Angel Investors National Angels Conference ‘Year of the Angel’

17 – 19 February 2010

The third AAAI National Angels Conference was held in Adelaide, South Australia. The event attracted over 150 delegates, with over half of the delegates being high net worth angel investors and the balance comprising state and federal government investment policy officers, commercial service providers, commercialisation managers, investment fund managers and university commercialisation professionals.

Building the angel investing community in Australia is a core objective for AAAI and this was the underlying theme for the conference. The conference was structured with a range of speakers in panel sessions to promote peer learning, interaction and networking amongst delegates. Delegates heard about current angel activities from policy level to investment practice throughout Europe, Canada, USA and New Zealand as well as from regions around Australia. There were also talks about emerging corporate investment strategies leveraging angel investment, instructive master class workshops and sessions around the logistics of negotiating, managing and exit deals.

Delegates were fortunate to be able to hear from the newly appointed Chair of Commercialisation Australia, Dr Laurie Hammond, who attended the conference on Day 1. Dr Hammond spoke on Commercialisation Australia, participated in the Government forum and met with delegates one-on-one in the opening evening session.

The conference was well attended by Angel Groups and National Associations from Australia, USA, Europe, UK and NZ. Alistair Smith and Will Hird, partners of Davies Collison Cave, presented at the conference.

ICONN International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

22 – 26 February 2010

The 2010 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2010) brought together the Australian and International community working in the field of nanoscale science and technology to discuss new and exciting advances in the field. Over 800 delegates attended the conference held in Sydney, New South Wales.

Chris Carter, a partner of Davies Collison Cave, presented on the topic “Commercialisation and technology transfer of nanotechnology” – citing a case study from the University of Queensland. Other Davies Collison Cave attendees at the conference included; Mark Roberts, Richard Brown, Sam Mickan and Dan Berger.


11th Pacific Polymers Conference (PPC) Incorporating 31st Australasian Polymer Symposium (APS) 2010

6th – 10th December

In December a major international gathering of polymer scientists and engineers arrived in Cairns. The comprehensive conference program covered all aspects of polymer science, including; modern polymerization methodologies, living free radical polymerization, complex polymer architectures, functional polymers, nano-composites, traditional composites, electro- and optico active polymers, polymers in biology and medicine, naturally-derived polymers, polymers at interfaces and surfaces, polymer engineering, polymer rheology, polymer processing, mechanical properties and polymer characterization.

Ramon Tozer and Julian Curwen attended the Conference along with 900 registered delegates, representing 46 countries.


Davies Collison Cave hosted a booth to display Australian animals – koala, crocodile and python supplied by the Cairns Tropical Zoo. The booth proved to be very popular with a queue of delegates waiting to have their photo’s taken.

The photos can now be viewed on the DCC Flickr page: