ANA Executive Series program kicks off in Brisbane and Canberra
The ANA Executive Series program is now running in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. The series showcases materials innovation in industry and research, with speakers sharing experiences on the impressive outcomes achieved through collaboration. Davies Collison Cave is delighted to be a sponsor of the ANA Executive Series program.
In Brisbane Showcasing CleanTech was the topic of choice. A cast of University of Queensland Experts discussed harnessing renewable materials for improved industrial performance. The evening was extremely well attended with over 60 attendees. Guest speakers on the evening included:
- Professor Max Lu, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and Director, ARC Centre for Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, University of Queensland;
- Associate Professor Paul Meredith, XeroCoat Pty Ltd; and
- Dr Korneel Rabaey, Advanced Water Management Centre, University of Queensland.
Professor Lu outlined the various research projects currently being undertaken by staff within various Cleantech research areas at the University of Queensland including: (i) Clean Coal and Gas: (ii) Renewable Energy; and (iii) Energy Efficiency. Associate Professor Paul Meredith a founder of XeroCoat Pty Ltd, an organization providing smart coating technology for improving solar cell performance, took the audience through the steps in growing XeroCoat from a laboratory based concept to a successful business now located in the US. Dr Rabaey presented the latest developments on Bioelecrochemical system: Creating Sustainable Value from Wasterwater from the Advanced Water Management Centre at the University of Queensland.
Professor Jim Williams (ANU), George Collins (CAST CRC) and Mark Hodge (Defence Materials Technology Centre, DMTC) were the inaugural speakers of the Canberra ANA series. Professor Williams, a most deserving recipient of an AO in this year’s Queen’s honours list, was (as always) an exceptional communicator on the importance of materials science while showcasing collaborative successes achieved at the Australian National University (ANU).
George Collins and Mark Hodge, while only in their respective roles for less than 12 months, have achieved considerable success in collaboration with their research and industry partners to ensure Australia remains at world’s best practice.