Innovator and Student, Sydney Girls High School
Research Fellow, Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakin University
Lucie Bland holds a BA (Hons) in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford and a PhD from Imperial College London. Lucie completed her first postdoc at The University of Melbourne and now works as a Research Fellow at Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology.
Lucie’s work focuses on assessing risks to biodiversity with the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and Red List of Ecosystems protocols. She is interested in ecosystem modelling, risk analysis, and global conservation policy.
In 2015, Lucie was a member of the team awarded the Australian Museum Eureka Prize in Environmental Research. Furthermore, she was a finalist in the 2017 Victorian Young Achiever Awards. Lucie also owns a business providing academic editing services to researchers aiming to improve the dissemination and impact of their research.
PhD candidate, Australian National University
Joshua Chu-Tan is a PhD candidate with the Natoli Group at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University (ANU). Josh graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Science with First Class Honours from ANU in 2014. Josh’s work focuses on the role of microRNA and their potential for use as a gene therapy for age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness in the developed world.
In 2016, Josh won both the people’s choice and first prize in ANU’s ‘3 Minute Thesis’ (3MT) contest, and also received first prize in the Asia-Pacific 3MT. Josh was also a finalist for the Young Innovator of the Year at the annual Falling Walls Conference in Berlin, Germany. Currently, in addition to finalising his PhD, Josh is a blog contributor and intern writer/editor at Nature.
Mechanical/Materials Engineer, University of Newcastle
Senior Biotechnologist, Ethanol Technologies Limited (Ethtec) and Conjoint Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle
Senior Analyst, Power Ledger
Co-founder, Diffuse Energy
Materials Scientist, University of Technology Sydney
Research Scientist, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
Project Manager, Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities
Founder and CEO, Kooda
CEO, Capricorn Power
Mian Li Ooi
PhD Candidate, University of Adelaide
Director of SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong
Senior Professor Pascal Perez is a world leader in participatory modelling of complex socio-technical systems.
He is currently Director of the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong, overseeing research in infrastructure-related fields such as water and energy efficiency, future transport and mobility, smart cities and communities, or infrastructure system engineering and logistics. As Director he is responsible for SMART’s academic governance and for establishing strategic scientific partnerships in Australia and beyond.
Pascal was the catalyst behind the regional Digital Living Lab, a ‘smart communities’ initiative, funded by the University of Wollongong, aiming to offer a public and free-to-air Internet of Things network across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions in order to encourage the creation of problem-driven and community-oriented smart solutions with local startups, SMEs, Councils and associations.
Pascal is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW and of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. He is also a member of the national Scientific Committee of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network. In 2002, he received an ARC-International Linkage Fellowship to develop social modelling research at the Australian National University.
Pascal has published over 150 refereed articles and book chapters. In 2006, he co-edited the book Complex Science for a Complex World with his colleague David Batten.
Environmental Biologist, University of Technology Sydney
Director of Sustainable Materials Research & Technology, SMaRT@UNSW
Australian Research Council Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer and innovator who is revolutionising recycling science. Veena is renowned for pioneering the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials.’ Veena recently launched the world's first e-waste microfactory.
As a materials scientist and engineer and founding Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, she is producing a new generation of green materials, products and resources made entirely, or primarily, from waste. Veena also heads the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for ‘green manufacturing’, a leading national research centre that works in collaboration with industry to ensure new science is translated into real world environmental and economic benefits. Numerous international and national honours have recognised Veena’s research and leadership; in 2018 she has elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. In 2017 Veena has received PLuS Alliance Prize for Research Innovation and awarded the prestigious Jubilee Professorship by the Indian Academy of Sciences.
Professor, UNSW Sydney
Professor Serkan Saydam has an international work experience in industry, research and consultancy in four countries Turkey, South Africa, the US and Australia. He is currently working at UNSW’s School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering. Professor Saydam currently holds three ARC Linkage Projects and five ACARP research grants worth of over $4.2 million on Ground Control and Mining Systems areas. In addition, he established research collaboration with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Kennedy Space Center.
A key focus of his research is to address the current needs and future challenges faced by the mining industry. These are generally very complex engineering problems, as mining environments become more extreme and constraints are imposed due to increasing social, environmental, and health and safety standards. His fields of research include ground control, mine planning & design, new mining methods and off-Earth mining.
Yin Xiang Setoh
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland
Dr Yin Xiang Setoh obtained his PhD in Virology at The University of Queensland in 2012. Yin Xiang then joined the laboratory of Prof. Alexander Khromykh at The University of Queensland, where he is now a senior postdoctoral researcher.
Yin Xiang’s research interests include viral and host determinants of virulence and pathogenesis for a range of mosquito-borne flaviviruses - such as the West Nile virus and Zika virus - and the development of flavivirus vaccines and diagnostics based on chimeric insect-specific flaviviruses. Yin Xiang is also interested in the development of an Ebola vaccine and therapeutics based on self-replicating RNA (replicon) of the flavivirus Kunjin.
Research Leader, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, Australian National University
Marnie Shaw is a Research Leader in the Battery Storage and Grid Integration group at the Australian National University and convenor of the Energy Efficiency research cluster at the ANU’s Energy Change Institute.
Marnie’s research interests lie in applying data analytics and machine learning to revolutionise the way renewable energy is integrated and operated in the electricity grid. For example, she has been looking at how community energy models (e.g. shared battery systems) can support increasing amounts of renewable energy in the grid, reduce energy costs for consumers, and address important issues around energy equity.
Innovation and Engagement Fellow, FREO2, The University of Melbourne
Principal Investigator, The University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Michele Trenti is an astrophysicist with a broad range of research interests spanning from the formation of stars and galaxies in the infancy of the Universe to high energy phenomena such as Gamma Ray Burst explosions and tidal disruptions of stars by black holes. Michele received his PhD in 2005 from Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (Italy) and, after traveling around the world, he is now an Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at The University of Melbourne.
Michele has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and has strong experience leading astronomical observations from space. In fact, Michele is among the most successful users of the Hubble Space Telescope, as measured by observing time awarded as Principal Investigator (primarily for the multi-year Brightest of Reionizing Galaxies "BoRG" survey). As a keen fan of the Star Trek Universe, with SkyHopper Michele now aims at developing a cubic spacecraft.
Tony S. Weiss
McCaughey Chair in Biochemistry, Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biotechnology Founder, Elastagen
Professor Anthony S. Weiss is the McCaughey Chair in Biochemistry, Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biotechnology, the Leader of the Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine Node at the Charles Perkins Centre, and a Professor at the Bosch Institute at the University of Sydney.
Anthony has pioneered research into human tropoelastin (the protein building-block that gives tissue its elasticity) and discovered how to assemble it into synthetic elastin biomaterials that accelerate and improve the repair of scars and wounds. This work over two decades has made Anthony a world leader in this field, and his patented biomaterials inventions recently led to one of the largest commercial transactions in Australian healthcare history.
Anthony is the inventor of forty-three awarded patents and serves on ten Editorial Boards. Furthermore, Anthony is a Fellow of nine societies. Anthony was recently awarded the Order of Australia to honour his contributions to the field of biotechnology in his roles as an academic, researcher, author, mentor and executive.
Co-founder of MyoFab, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University
Alasdair Wood is a keen muscle biologist starting his training in a molecular exercise physiology lab in Aberdeen, Scotland. He left the highlands for an opportunity to study for his PhD in a translational research lab headed by Prof. Kate Bushby, in Newcastle, England. Subsequently moving to Australia to work under the mentorship of Eureka prize-winner and Director of ARMI, Prof. Peter Currie, Alasdair has spent the last eight years modelling muscular dystrophies in human cells and zebrafish.
He currently manages a collaborative project with Macquarie University that centres on novel pathways in muscular dystrophy. As a finalist in Monash University’s start up competition in 2016, winning $20K and entrepreneurial training in the accelerator programme, Alasdair also has a keen interest in entrepreneurial ventures.