Queensland Chief Scientist Geoff Garrett. Photo: Jessica ShapiroG20: Full coverage
Brisbane will bounce forwards from this week’s G20 world leaders’ summit in the same way it did after the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and World Expo 88, Science and Technology minister Ian Walker told Fairfax Media.
Mr Walker said boosts in tourism, medical investment and agricultural research would be Brisbane’s lasting legacy from the G20, which is costing around $400 million to host.
“It is very difficult to tell at the moment, because you often only tell when you look back,” Mr Walker said.
“But it is going to be one of those events like Expo 88, like the Commonwealth Games where people will look back to those events and say ‘Wow, that changed Brisbane’,” he said.
“We came forward another notch of age as a result of that.”
Mr Walker said the change to outdoor eating after 1988 was an example of a change in living standards that Brisbane gained after the cosmopolitan influences from World Expo 88.
For 2014, Mr Walker nominated the nanopatch – where a one-centimetre square placed on the skin can inject crucial vaccines cheaper and without needles – the cervical cancer-fighting Gardasil vaccine – and new agriculture research to develop Vitamin A rich bananas for sub-Sahara Africa – as crucial leading technology from Queensland to the world.
The Australian government estimates it will cost $400 million to host G20 and Brisbane expects to raise around $100 million in investment, business growth and future tourism growth from the summit.
Mr Walker said Queensland would capitalise on the expected G20 recommendation for a two per-cent GDP growth rate to lift living standards from science and agricultural research.
“We have certainly charged the Chief Scientist (Geoff Garrett) to make sure that he speaks with his colleagues who will be attending from, around the world,” Mr Walker said.
“To explain what we are already doing in the science and innovation area and the strides we have made and how we can be a part of that future.”
The nanopatch and Professor Ian Frazer’s cervical cancer fighting vaccine Gardasil will be promoted as two examples of innovation that could be world-leading, Mr Walker said.
“I know the Chief Scientist will be talking about Gardasil – Ian Frazer’s ground-breaking vaccine on cervical cancer.
“And the nanopatch – which is not there yet, but it is almost there – which is going to be a new way of delivering injections.”
The one-square centimetrenanopatch has thousands of “micro-projections” on the underside which inject the vaccines into the skin.
Gardasil’s Professor Frazer is speaking at 11.15am on Wednesday on Day 1 of Brisbane City Council’s Global Cafe – a medical and science innovation session being run at Brisbane City Hall.
Mr Walker said few Queenslanders – let alone world leaders – were aware of the advances in agricultural research underway in Brisbane.
“For example through the Gates Foundation some of the researchers at the Queensland University of Technology are presently looking at the nutritional context of bananas,” Mr Walker said.
“Now, bananas are quite nutritious when they are grown in Queensland,” he said.
“But in sub-Sahara Africa, it is a much-different beast.
“It is lacking in Vitamin A and it is lacking in serious nutrients.”
Mr Walker said banana research was the third area where Queensland’s medical research innovation could be used in wider regions of the world after being discussed at the G20.
“I think that it is great chance to expose to the rest of the world, the high level of achievement we have here and what we can provide to the rest of the world in this area.”
Chief Scientist Geoff Garrett is also the facilitator of the Q and A sessions at each at the two-day Global Cafe techno-forum at Brisbane’s City Hall.
Mr Walker said the G20’s lasting legacy to Brisbane was still being shaped.
“I can remember before Expo 88 you couldn’t eat on the footpath in Brisbane,” Mr Walker said.
“That was the thing that came as a result of the cosmopolitan atmosphere that Expo 88 created,” he said.
“And I am sure that as we lead into the next few days and the G20 comes to Brisbane, again Brisbane will get that little glimpse of being a truly international city.”
“And that will be the lasting legacy.”
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