PRESENTED BY THE INDUSTRY & INNOVATION FORUM
Friday 29 October
Innovation Nation: Sustainability
Making a sustainable Australia
Building a truly circular economy where we recover the true value from waste requires partnerships – and beyond, to a new pact between consumers, industries and governments. Science and engineering will be the key to building a successful pact, with many already getting on with the job. The Academy of Technology and Engineering invites you to learn from scientists, engineers, and industry partners that have already made that journey and are building Australia’s circular economy.
Boosting the translation and commercialisation of Australian research has been a hot topic of conversation recently. But for those new to the game, it can be difficult to know how to get started. Where is the ‘in’? In the second of this webinar series, presented by the ATSE Industry and Innovation Forum, we take a peek inside the collaborative relationships of successful Australian innovators (from both the academic and industry sides) and examines what makes a successful, productive collaboration.
Join us at this exciting webinar as we hear from Veena Sahajwalla, Kate Nguyen, Peter Cook and Sophia Hamblin Wang.
This webinar will be moderated by ATSE Industry and Innovation Forum Deputy Chair Dr Tony Peacock. The webinar will run for approximately 60 minutes with each speaker providing a presentation to our online audience followed by a Q&A session with the speakers.
This event is free and open to all.
Professor Veena Sahajwalla
Dr Kate Nguyen
Professor Peter Cook
Sophia Hamblin Wang
Professor Veena Sahajwalla FTSE
SMaRt Centre, UNSW
Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer, and inventor revolutionising recycling science. She is renowned for pioneering the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials’ at the UNSW Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre, where she is Founding Director. Professor Veena is the inventor of polymer injection technology, known as green steel, an eco-friendly process for using recycled tyres in steel production. In 2018, Veena launched the world’s first e-waste MICROfactorieTM and in 2019 she launched her plastics and Green Ceramics MICROfactoriesTM, a recycling technology breakthrough. Veena is the director of the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for ‘microrecycling’, a leading national research centre that works in collaboration with industry to ensure new recycling science is translated into real world environmental and economic benefits. Professor Veena has also been appointed hub leader of the national NESP Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub. In 2021, Professor Veena featured in the ABC’s Australian Story.
Dr Kate Nguyen
Leader, Innovative Fire and Facade Engineering Group, School of Engineering RMIT University
Dr Kate Nguyen is a national expert in advancing the sustainability of fire-resistant construction materials. In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower blaze in London that claimed 72 lives, and in collaboration with industry, Dr Nguyen collaborated with industry partners and came up with a light-weight, cost-effective alternative cladding material using ceramic particles that will not combust during a structural fire. She has also developed various nano-based construction products that were analysed in commercial buildings, such as the City Hall in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Her work has provided a solution for the safe removal and transformation of combustible construction waste into high value, fire-retardant pre-fabricated building materials. Dr Nguyen is currently the leader of the Innovative Fire and Façade Engineering Group at RMIT University, collaborating closely with some of the major construction partners who are end-users of her innovative research. She has also recently been appointed as the Chief Engineer with Cladding Safety Victoria.
Professor Peter Cook CBE FTSE
Professorial Fellow, Centre for CCS Research, The University of Melbourne and Distinguished Scientist, CO2CRC
Professor Peter Cook is one of Australia’s foremost scientists and technology leaders in the areas of energy, greenhouse technologies and carbon capture and storage research and development. Professor Cook has occupied geoscience leadership positions in Australia and the UK and was the foundation Chief Executive of the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC). He was an IPCC Coordinating Lead Author and has published extensively. He is a consultant to Australian companies and governments and has been an adviser to several overseas governments and international organisations.
Sophia Hamblin Wang
Chief Operating Officer, Mineral Carbonation International
Sophia Hamblin Wang is a cleantech COO, circular economy expert, speaker, university lecturer and diversity advocate. She is the Chief Operating Officer of Mineral Carbonation International (MCi), a technology platform that transforms CO2 into building materials and other valuable industrial products. Sophia grew up in Far North Queensland and completed a Bachelor of International Business with First Class Honours at the ANU College of Business and Economics. Ms Hamblin Wang is Co-founding Director of CO2 Value Australia, a member of the Australian Capital Territory Climate Change Council and a board member of the Climate Ready Initiative. Sophia is also a Lecturer at the University of Sydney Business School and was awarded Resource Innovator of the Year at the New Materials Summit in Berlin in 2018. Sophia has been featured in ABC TV’s Q&A, The New York Times, Time Magazine, TEDx, The Australian Newspaper’s The Deal Magazine and was a delegate at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020, WEF Pioneers of Change Summit 2021 and the UN Youth Climate Summit in New York 2019. Sophia was also an Australian Delegate to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India in 2017. Sophia is a Global Shaper Alumni, has an Australian Red Cross long-service medal and was awarded an Order of Australia Student Citizenship Award for work in aged care, sustainability, diversity and inclusion.
Dr Tony Peacock
Deputy Chair, ATSE Industry and Innovation Forum
Tony is the immediate past CEO of the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Association, a position he held for a decade, bringing together industry and academe to work together on applied research. Prior to his current role, Tony was CEO of two CRCs and one of Australia’s peak Rural R&D Corporations. He is a Eureka Prize winner for science communication, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company directors. Tony has played a major role in the critical issue in Australia of improving collaboration between industry, universities and other research organisations.