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8th TCI Oceania Conference

4-6 May 2022, Cairns, Qld

Spanning three days, the 8th TCI Oceania Conference: ‘Clustering for Scale – Sharing Best Practice’ will provide a forum for a range of Australian cluster case studies. The conference will have a practical focus, relating the learnings of these case studies to scaleable opportunities for participants.

This gathering of members of TCI’s Oceania Chapter will be held in Cairns, in tropical Far North Queensland, in early May 2022. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit local clusters across an array of industries.

According to CRC partner Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL), whose Managing Director Mirjana Prica convenes TCI’s Oceania Chapter, ‘This will be a highly interactive learning opportunity as participants uncover how clusters help to achieve scale and global competitiveness’. 

‘Experts from Australia, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Scotland and New Zealand will share their learnings and there will be a day trip to the outer Great Barrier Reef to learn about the clusters and the innovation ecosystems of Tropical North Queensland,’ states FIAL.

Conference agenda

Day 1 will be an ‘adventure’ on the reef, sharing case studies and learnings.

Day 2 consists of a full day’s conference – program details to be advised.

Day 3 will consist of masterclasses in clustering.

Once it has been finalised, you’ll be able to view the full event program here.

What is TCI Network?

Founded in 1998, The Competitiveness Institute (TCI) Network is the leading global network for people and organisations working in clusters and innovation ecosystems worldwide. It creates global connections, inspires clusters and improves policy learning. TCI Network is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation open to members from all continents.

The CRC is a member of TCI Network, as is the federal government’s Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre, Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL), whose Managing Director, Mirjana Prica, is one of the conveners of TCI’s Oceania Chapter.

What are clusters?

According to Harvard School of Business professor and thought leader Michael E Porter, whose work on specialist industry clusters and their role in securing the competitive advantage of nations was the inspiration for the cluster movement: “A cluster is a geographical proximate group of interconnected companies and associated institutions in a particular field, linked by commonalities and externalities.”

Cluster theory is based on the notion that specialised industry clusters possess certain characteristics, and that these contribute to greater innovation, growth and competitiveness in the firms and regions involved.

More information and registration

For general inquiries about TCI Oceania Conference 2022 or for further information about speakers, sponsors and tickets, contact info@fial.com.au or +61 447 217 096. For more information about the TCI 2022 Oceania Conference, visit the event website.

To register for the event, click here.