Our special guest is Professor Peter Høj, who is retiring as Vice-Chancellor at The University of Queensland in 2020.
We are pleased to be able to recognise his contribution to UQ, the Academy, the educational and R&D sectors and the broader community.
Reflections on 22 years as a leader of higher education and research organisations
Professor Peter Høj began as Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Queensland in October 2012. Before this appointment he was Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia from June 2007.
From 2004-2007 he was CEO of the Australian Research Council and from 1997-2004, Managing Director of the Australian Wine Research Institute.
He was educated at the University of Copenhagen, majoring in biochemistry and chemistry, has a Master of Science degree in biochemistry and genetics, a PhD in photosynthesis, and Honorary Doctorates from the University of Copenhagen, University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide.
Professor Høj is a Director of the Board of Group of Eight (Go8) Universities and in 2017 was the Chair. He is a member of the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (AMRAB).
He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and a Foreign Member (Natural Sciences Class) of The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.
In 2018 Professor Høj was announced as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (USA). In January 2019 Professor Høj was awarded an AC in the Australia Day Honours awards for service to higher education, commercialisation of research and policy development and reform. In April 2019 Professor Høj received the 2018 CASE Asia-Pacific Leadership Award.
Additional speakers include:
- New Fellows
- Ms Robyn Bull, Director of Wonder of Science, who will provide an update from the Wonder of Science program
- A UQ PhD student, who will give insights into the role of Young Science Ambassadors