A2I2 Host Federal MP visit in wake of Trailblazer announcement

News / A2I2 Media / May 19, 2022

From left to right: Deakin Executive Director (Innovation) Ross Mahon, Hon Stuart Robert MP, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Alfred Deakin Prof. Julie Owens, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Iain Martin, Hon Gladys Liu MP

Following Deakin University’s successful bid for a $50 Million Federal Government grant as part of the inaugural Trailblazer Universities program, several Federal Members of Parliament visited the Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A2I2) Burwood Facility on Thursday 19th May.

To celebrate the historic significance of this grant, Federal MPs Gladys Liu and Stuart Robert visited the University, who were presented with the roadmap and vision for Deakin’s Recycling and Renewable Energy Commercialisation Hub (REACH).

Also in attendance was Deakin University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Iain Martin, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Alfred Deakin Professor Julie Owens. Several members of partnering institutes from the REACH project were also present.

Through REACH, A2I2 will apply expert knowledge in the development of BatTRI-Hub, a world-class battery technology research and translation hub, including energy storage commercialisation.


A2I2 Co-Director Professor Kon Mouzakis with MPs Gladys Liu, Stuart Robert and Deakin VC Iain Martin


As part of the REACH program, Deakin will work with governments, industry, and education partners to establish a multi-billion dollar bioeconomy in Victoria, focused on clean energy, recycling and greener supply chains.

The initiative will drive significant innovation and job creation in Geelong, Western Victoria and beyond. The research-industry partnership is expected to generate more than $1.4 billion in revenue and 2,500 jobs in the next decade.

To learn more about REACH, please visit Deakin’s website.