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Startup mentor picked to head research policy

The co-founder of a Melbourne technology consultancy, who has led projects to connect researchers with global investors, will head Australia’s most influential science policy advisory agency.

Charlie Day, a University of Melbourne graduate with degrees in classics and chemical engineering and a PhD in jet engine design, has been appointed chief executive of Innovation Science Australia.

Day is project director of the Carlton Connect Initiative, an innovation precinct at the University of Melbourne that brings researchers and industry together to work on issues such as urban planning, renewable energy and better public transport systems.

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