Dr Mark Jacobs


Heads the Science Division, within the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

Mark has 20 years’ experience in government leading and managing high performing teams developing and implementing science and innovation policies, strategies and programs.  The Science Division provides scientific and technical advice and services to government agencies across the environment, natural resources and agricultural spectrum that underpin their decision-making and legislative responsibilities.  Before joining government Mark worked as a research scientist, both locally and internationally. Mark has a PhD in science from The University of Queensland and a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management.

Presentation Title: Queensland Government innovation and strategic direction

Queensland’s biomedical industry contributes $1.44 billion to the state economy and employs more than 9000 people, with the potential to grow by almost 40% and deliver up to 3000 new jobs by 2027. Through the Advance Queensland (AQ) initiative, the Queensland Government is supporting knowledge-based jobs to underpin research and commercialisation in the biomedical and life sciences sectors. A total commitment of $513 million has been made through AQ to deliver programs that empower and encourage our researchers, entrepreneurs, boost translational research and unlock collaborations. The government is also working to optimise its international research collaborations through the development of a Queensland Science Future International Collaboration Report and Five-Year Action Plan. Key markets of interest for strengthening international collaborations include Asia, the Americas and Europe.