Creating a world leading manufacturing sector in Victoria

Presented in partnership with the Royal Society of Victoria

Event details

Thursday 7 July 2022

6:00 – 7:15pm AEST


The Royal Society of Victoria, 8 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000

In-person registration$12.64 incl. $1.49 Fee and $1.15 GST
Zoom registration$6.86 incl. $1.24 Fee and $0.62 GST

Promo code –
discount for ATSE Fellows using the code ATSE22
Online Broadcast



FWI-VIC-manufacturing 220707

Joint event by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering (ATSE) and the Royal Society of Victoria (RSV)


Australia’s mining sector is incredibly advanced in its use of digitisation, automation, and control. What are the success stories, and how can we apply this technology in our manufacturing sector to create something that is world leading?

Join CSIRO’s Chief Scientist, Professor Bronwyn Fox FTSE to explore the reapplication of engineering know-how, as well as opportunities for Victoria at the intersection of manufacturing and hydrogen, followed by a panel discussion with Dr Amanda Caples, Victoria’s Lead Scientist, and Rob Gell AM, President of the Royal Society of Victoria.

Tickets are available to either attend in person or participate in the webinar via Zoom. RSV and ATSE Members are prompted to enter their promo code to access a member’s ticket.

Alternatively, you can watch along via the RSV YouTube channel at the appointed time without buying a ticket.

Bronwyn Fox
Professor Bronwyn Fox FTSE

Chief Scientist, CSIRO and Chair, ATSE Victorian Division

Professor Bronwyn Fox FTSE joined CSIRO in October 2021 and became CSIRO’s fourth female Chief Scientist. She is known globally as a leader in advanced manufacturing, materials science, and industry 4.0 technologies, and is passionate about bringing together multidisciplinary teams for collaborative research.

She was formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at Swinburne University of Technology and founding Director of Swinburne’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute. During that time, she established a world first Industry 4.0 Testlab for the additive manufacturing of carbon fibre composites, in collaboration with CSIRO.

Bronwyn has demonstrated a sustained commitment to support the growth of the carbon fibre and composite industry in Australia through targeted research and was previously a co-founder of the Carbon Nexus facility at Deakin University.

In 2018 she was awarded the Global Congress on Manufacturing and Management Research Leadership Award, and in 2020 she was awarded the Royal Society of Victoria’s Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research.

amanda caples
Dr Amanda Caples

Victoria's Lead Scientist

Amanda Caples is Victoria’s Lead Scientist, a role that aligns and connects Victoria’s science, technology and innovation capability with business needs and with government’s economic development activities (including investment, trade and future workforce strategies).

Amanda is a Director of Breakthrough Victoria Pty Ltd; Chair of mRNA Victoria’s Scientific Advisory Group; Director of Agriculture Victoria Services Pty Ltd; a member of the Rail Industry Development Advisory Committee and Chair of the Victorian Quantum Technology Network to advance teaching and research in quantum technologies.

Amanda has led the development of industry and science and innovation policy in Victoria since joining the Victorian Public Service in 2002 as the inaugural Director of Biotechnology. During this time she has delivered major policy reforms, a range of programs and global partnerships, and landmark initiatives including the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. She is experienced in clinical trials, regulatory affairs, business development and licensing through prior roles with international pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Rob Gell
Rob Gell AM

President, Royal Society of Victoria

Rob Gell AM has been a member of the Royal Society of Victoria since graduation as a geomorphologist from Melbourne University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an Inaugural Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. He is a coastal geomorphologist by training; he taught Environmental Science and Physical Geography at tertiary level, then for thirty one years presented television weather. In parallel, he redeveloped an interest in environmental issues and today practices as a sustainability consultant.

Over almost four decades Rob has seen extraordinary science delivered, but considers that today there is a need for science to regain its status. He has expressed to graduating students that science nowadays has not been challenged as strongly since the days that Darwin took on the church. The Royal Society of Victoria has the opportunity to play a new role as a strong advocate for evidence-based decision making at all levels in our community. Victoria needs a voice that our community can rely on to provide independent, scientific information, correction where required and strategic advice if consulted.

From 2019, Rob has been the Chair of the RSV’s Future Focus Committee and was appointed Vice-President of the Society in October 2020. Rob was elected and installed as President on 13 May, 2021.