Dr Heather Smith PSM
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Heather was appointed Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science on 18 September 2017. Heather has had 17 years’ experience in the Australian Public Service at senior levels, with responsibility for a number of significant government policy and programs covering economic, foreign affairs and intelligence.
Prior to her current appointment, Heather was Secretary of the Department of Communications and the Arts (2016-2017). She has served as Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2013-2016) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2010-2013). In October 2013 she was appointed by Prime Minister Abbott as Australia’s G20 Sherpa, a role she held during Australia’s Presidency.
Heather has also held senior roles with the Office of National Assessments (Deputy Director-General, 2005-2010) and (2000-2003) and the Australian Treasury (2003-2005).
Before joining the public service Heather was an academic working on North Asia at the Australian National University (1994-2000). She also worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia (1988-1990).
Heather was awarded a Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours for her outstanding public service as Australia’s G20 Sherpa in 2014.
Heather holds a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland and a Masters and PhD in Economics from the Australian National University.
She has been a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC.
In 2012, Heather completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
She was the recipient of the University of Queensland’s Colleges’ Alumni Award in 2016.
Heather is a member of the US Studies Centre Board of Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women.
Dr Annette Berriman
Australian National University
Dr Annette Berriman is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Nuclear Physics at the Australian National University. She undertakes research on accelerator-based nuclear fusion and fission reactions.
Before joining the ANU, Annette had an extensive career focused on countering the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. She has worked in a variety of areas within the Australian Public Service, including intelligence, regulation, export controls and foreign policy. Annette has represented Australia at the international level, trained officials in foreign countries and provided advice to international bodies. She has helped develop policy options on non-proliferation and disarmament issues for the Australian Government.
Professor Celine Boehm University of Sydney
As an astroparticle physicist, Professor Boehm has worked around the world, most recently as Chair of Physics at the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology at Durham University, in the UK. She previously held academic positions in physics at the Laboratoire d’Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique Théorique in France, CERN in Switzerland, and Oxford University in the UK.
Professor Boehm completed her PhD in Theoretical Physics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris in France and her Master of Science at both Ecole Normale Supérieure and the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris. In parallel, she completed a Master of Science in Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Féminine in France.
In recognition of her significant contributions to physics and demonstrated impact in her field, Professor Boehm was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in the UK in 2015.
Joining the University of Sydney in January 2018, Professor Céline Boehm is only the second woman to be Head of School for Physics in the school’s history.
She has been on the board of numerous national committees in the UK and France, including for the Institute of Physics in the UK, and the major funding body in France: Agence Nationale pour la Recherche. She has also been a grant proposal reviewer for funding bodies in Ireland, Spain, Chile, USA, Switzerland, UK and France.
Science communication is also an area that Professor Boehm has made significant contributions to including doing a TEDx talk at Durham University, speaking at Pint of Science in the UK, giving tours of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland, and running many public engagement science activities across Europe.
Emeritus Professor Stephen Buckman
Australian National University
Stephen Buckman was born and raised in Sydney, NSW, educated in both Sydney and Adelaide, and is a PhD graduate in Atomic Physics from Flinders University (1979).
Following postdoctoral positions at the University of Manchester and the University of Colorado, Buckman returned to Australia in 1983 to take up a Research Fellowship position in the Research School of Physics and Engineering (RSPE) at the ANU. He was appointed to the tenured staff (Fellow) at ANU in 1989. He was subsequently promoted to Senior Fellow (1993) and Professor of Physics (1999). Between 1996 and 2000 he was Head of Department of the Atomic and Molecular Physics Laboratories within the RSPE.
In 2000-2001, he held a Fulbright Senior Fellowship at the University of California and, on his return to Australia, was appointed to Associate Director (Academic) of RSPE. In 2005 he was the lead CI and proponent of a Centre of Excellence bid to the Australian research Council. This bid – to establish the Centre of Excellence for Antimatter-Matter Studies – was successful and Buckman led this Centre, as research Director, from 2006-2012. Buckman was appointed as Director, RSPE, in March 2012.
He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics UK and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics. In 2006, he was awarded one of 40 inaugural Distinguished Alumni Awards by Flinders University to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. In 2008 he was awarded the ANU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service to the University, and in 2012 he received the Flinders University Convocation Medal for outstanding achievement of a Flinders alumni.
Professor Ben Burton
University of Queensland
Benjamin Burton is a professor in the School of Mathematics and Physics at The University of Queensland, where he teaches supercomputers how to untangle knots. His mathematical career has spanned geometry, cryptography and finance, and he has worked since the 1990s with outreach programmes such as the National Mathematics Summer School and the International Olympiad in Informatics. Benjamin is a UQ Ally for LGBTIQ staff and students and serves on the new AustMS Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee, and he makes regular appearances at public events including the Science Nation, World Science Festival, and the Brisbane Comedy Festival.
Sam is a Senior Consultant at Aginic with a background in Mathematics and Public Health Management, and key focus areas including process optimisation and action orientated business analytics. His experience with public and private sector clients across diverse industries including government, health, telecommunications and commerce. Sam has been involved with projects which have optimised Hospital Emergency Department utilisation and provided foundations for collaborative insights between Primary, Secondary and Tertiary health centers within the North Brisbane region QLD.
Dr Sean Carmody
Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)
Sean Carmody was appointed as Executive General Manager, Risk and Data Analytics in December 2017. Dr Carmody has over 20 years experience across banking, financial markets and funds management. Prior to joining APRA he was General Manager, Risk Analytics and Insights at Westpac where he had responsibility across risk modelling and reporting, market risk and liquidity risk. Dr Carmody has also held roles at Westpac as Head of Credit Risk, Head of Market Risk and the Head of Credit Portfolio Management for the Westpac Institutional Bank. His previous experience includes working in funds management (Barclays Global Investors) and investment banking (Deutsche Bank) and his qualifications include a PhD in Pure Mathematics from St John’s College, Cambridge.
Geraldine Chappell has held the position of Group Human Resources Manager at The Silanna Group, since 2009. Silanna invests in disruptive technology & brings cutting edge products to the marketplace, in particular, designing & manufacturing nanotechnology devices. Globally, Geraldine is responsible for implementing human resource management strategies that enable Silanna to recruit, train, and retain a high performing and motivated workforce.
Geraldine specialises in international talent acquisition and management, culture and change management, strategic development and implementation, and employee relations. Geraldine is an accomplished HR professional with over 19 years of broad-based experience in various industries including professional services, technology and consumer durables.
Geraldine holds a Bachelor of Health Science and post graduate qualification in Human Resources Management.
Distinguished Professor Jagadish Chennupati
Australian National University
Professor Jagadish is a Distinguished Professor and Head of Semiconductor Optoelectronics and Nanotechnology Group in the Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University. He has served as Vice-President and Secretary Physical Sciences of the Australian Academy of Science during 2012-2016. He is currently serving as President of IEEE Photonics Society and President of Australian Materials Research Society. Prof. Jagadish is an Editor/Associate editor of 6 Journals (EIC-Progress in Quantum Electronics), 3 book series and serves on editorial boards of 20 other journals. He has published more than 890 research papers (610 journal papers), holds 5 US patents, co-authored a book, co-edited 12 books and edited 12 conference proceedings and 17 special issues of Journals.
He won the 2000 IEEE Millennium Medal and received Distinguished Lecturer awards from IEEE NTC, IEEE LEOS and IEEE EDS. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, The World Academy of Sciences, US National Academy of Inventors, Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Academy pf Engineering, Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Science, IEEE, APS, MRS, OSA, AVS, ECS, SPIE, AAAS, FEMA, APAM, IoP (UK), IET (UK), IoN (UK) and the AIP. He received Peter Baume Award from the ANU in 2006, the Quantum Device Award from ISCS in 2010, IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Service Award in 2010, IEEE Nanotechnology Council Distinguished Service Award in 2011 and Electronics and Photonics Division Award of the Electrochemical Society in 2012, 2013 Walter Boas Medal, 2015 IEEE Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology, 2015 IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award, 2016 MRSI Silver Jubilee Anniversary Medal, 2016 Distinguished Fellow of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2016 OSA Nick Holonyak Jr Award, 2017 Welker Award, 2017 IUMRS Somiya Award, 2017 Nayudamma Award, 2018 Magnolia Silver Award and 2018 AVS Nanotechnology Recognition Award. He has received Australia’s highest civilian honor, AC, Companion of the Order of Australia, as part of 2016 Australia day honors from the Governor General of Australia for his contributions to physics and engineering, in particular nanotechnology. He holds honorary appointments in US, Japan, China and India.
Professor Michelle Coote
Australian National University
Professor Michelle Coote is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, where she completed a B.Sc. (Hons) in industrial chemistry (1995), followed by a Ph.D. in polymer chemistry (2000). Following postdoctoral work at the University of Durham, UK, she joined the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University in 2001, initially as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Leo Radom. She established her own research group in 2004 and was promoted to Professor in 2011. She has published extensively in the fields of polymer chemistry, radical chemistry and computational quantum chemistry, and is a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. She has received many awards including the 2001 IUPAC prize for young scientists, the RACI Cornforth medal (2000), Rennie medal (2006) David Sangster Polymer Science and Technology Achievement Award (2010) and HG Smith medal (2016), the Le Fevre Memorial Prize of the Australian Academy of Science (2010) and the Pople Medal of the Asia-Pacific Association for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (2015). In 2014, she was elected to the Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science, and in 2017 she was awarded a Georgina Sweet ARC Laureate Fellowship. She is also currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Professor Vince Craig
Australian National University
Prof. Vincent Craig (email@example.com) is co-chair of the ANU physics equity and diversity committee, a mentor, given advice on over 300 grant proposals, former head of the Department of Applied Maths and a member of the old Dad’s club as of September 2017.
He was a Director and Treasurer of the Australasian Colloid and Interface Society (ACIS) from 2013 to 2018 and in that time developed the equity policy and the events policy for the society. He is currently a member of the ACIS equity committee.
Vince leads the colloids group in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Australian National University. He completed both his B.Sc. (Honours in Chemistry in 1992) and Ph.D. degrees (jointly in Applied Maths and Chemistry in 1997) at the ANU before postdoctoral positions at UC Davis, California and the University of Newcastle, NSW.
He was awarded an ARC Postdoctoral fellowship in 1998, an ARC Research Fellowship in 2001 and an ARC Future Fellowship in 2009. He has worked with Industry as a consultant, advisor and in the provision of research. His research interests include the measurement of surface forces both quasistatic and dynamic, adsorption of surfactants and polymers, specific ion effects and bubbles.
Professor Mahananda Dasgupta
Australian National University
Professor Mahananda (Nanda) Dasgupta is an experimental physicist at the Department of Nuclear Physics of the Australian National University. A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Nanda is known internationally for her research on accelerator-based nuclear fusion and fission. Nanda completed her PhD in 1992 from the prestigious Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India. She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship in 1998 by the Australian Research Council, and in 2004 she was the Australian Institute of Physics “Women in Physics” lecturer, undertaking a nation-wide lecture tour of Australia. In 2006, Nanda was awarded the Pawsey medal by the Australian Academy of Science for outstanding research in Physics in Australia by a scientist under 40 years of age. Nanda received the inaugural Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship in 2011. Nanda has been a member of the National Physics Committee of the Australian Academy of Science, and is currently a member of the C12 committee of the IUPAP.
Associate Professor Catherine Greenhill
University of NSW
Catherine Greenhill started her academic career as an undergraduate at the University of Queensland, before obtaining a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford (1992). She held postdoctoral positions at the University of Leeds and at the University of Melbourne, before joining UNSW in 2002.
Today she is an Associate Professor and head of the Combinatorics group in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, UNSW Sydney. Catherine’s research interests lie in asymptotic, probabilistic and algorithmic combinatorics. She was awarded the Christopher Heyde Medal by the Australian Academy of Science in 2015.
David Hodges is a business executive with over 22 years’ professional experience, who is Managing Director at Aginic. Aginic is a dynamic, young business intelligence, agile analytics and app development company. David specialises in Risk Intelligence – helping organisations make better decisions through analysing and visualising data.
Prior to this, David had a successful career in professional services with over 16 years Big 4 professional experience including 9 years as a Partner at EY. During this time, he developed significant experience working successfully with large global corporates, leading Australian companies and commercialised/ government entities in the fields of risk management, governance, audit, compliance and performance improvement.
Professor Nalini Joshi
University of Sydney
Nalini Joshi AO is Payne-Scott Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Sydney.
Nalini was born and spent her early childhood in Burma, before her family emigrated to Australia. She was awarded a BSc (Hons), with the University Medal in applied mathematics, by the University of Sydney and then a PhD in computational and applied mathematics by Princeton University in the USA.
Nalini was awarded an Australian Research Council Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellowship in 2012, which has a component to attract, support and retain female researchers in Science and Technology. She was the initiator and foundation co-Chair of the SAGE (Science in Australia Gender Equity) initiative jointly managed by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
Nalini was awarded the 2018 Eureka prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers and, in 2016, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to mathematical science and tertiary education as an academic, author and researcher, to professional societies, and as a role model and mentor of young mathematicians. In 2019, she will take up a four-year term as Vice-President of the International Mathematical Union.
Professor Deb Kane
Deb Kane holds a Personal Chair in Physics at Macquarie University, Sydney. She received a BSc(Hons) degree in physics from University of Otago, New Zealand, and her PhD degree from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Her current research interests include photonics dynamical systems, quantifying complexity, the optics and optical properties of certain spider webs and silks, quantitative microscopy and nanoscopy, laser materials processing, and, UV/VUV incoherent light sources.
She is a Fellow of the Optical Society and was the AIP Women in Physics Lecturer and medallist in 2006. She chaired the IUPAP Commission on Laser Physics and Photonics (2015-2017). She is a member of the National Committee of Physics (under the auspices of the Australian Academy of Science) and the Management Committee of the Australian Nanotechnology Network. She Chairs the Accreditation Committee of the Australian Institute of Physics.
Mr Hugh Kearns
Hugh Kearns is recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher. He regularly lectures at universities across the world and has recently returned from lecture tours of the UK and the US which included lectures at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Berkeley and Stanford.
His areas of expertise include self-management, positive psychology, work-life balance, learning and creativity. He draws on over twenty five years of experience as a leading training and development professional within the corporate, financial, education and health sectors in Ireland, Scotland, North America, New Zealand and Australia. He has coached individuals, teams and executives in a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors.
Hugh lectures and researches at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. He is widely recognised for his ability to take the latest research in psychology and education and apply it to high-performing people and groups. As a co-author with Maria Gardiner, he has published ten books which are in high demand both in Australia and internationally.
Dr Madhura Killedar
Sydney Informatics Hub
Dr Madhura Killedar is a data scientist at the Sydney Informatics Hub of the University of Sydney, where she provides analytical support for researchers with datasets ranging from hospital electronic records to geophysics simulations. She also provides statistical consultation for graduate students and enjoys running Python programming courses for a range of audiences. Madhura completed her PhD in astrophysics at the University of Sydney in 2011 continuing on to postdocs in Italy and Germany before her change in career. She has also worked in epidemiology and child nutrition developing computational models for the World Bank with a focus on optimising population health outcomes and uncertainty quantification, before moving to her current role.
Dr Penny King
Dr Penny King studies the interaction of planetary materials with gases and the role of these interactions on the history of planetary environments and surfaces. These studies are relevant to gas sequestration, reactions at and beneath volcanoes and in ore deposits, and reactions on the surface of Mars and in the early solar system.
Dr King obtain her BSC Hons from ANU and her PhD from Arizona State University. She is a Senior Fellow at ANU, Senior Fellow of the Advance HE, and was an ARC Future Fellow. She was a Science Co-Investigator on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity rover) mission. Her career began at the University of Western Ontario (Western Uni) in Canada where she helped establish the first Planetary Science graduate program in Canada (Assoc Prof). She then moved to the University of New Mexico (Research Professor and Senior Research Scientist) where she was active in NASA, NSF and Nat Acad Sci panels. She returned to the ANU in 2012.
Dr King is passionate about improving career pathways for diverse groups in STEM. She edits a column on “A Life in Science” for the widely distributed professional magazine, “Elements”. She received the ANU’s Clare Burton Award for Equity and Diversity for quantifying the situation around equity, diversity and workplace culture at the Research School of Earth Sciences and developing evidence-based, prioritized recommendations for actions in the School that were then taken up by other ANU schools and outside organisations.
Dr Cheryl Lim
National Measurement Institute
Cheryl is the Manager Strategic Engagement at the National Measurement Institute, and the leader of the Measurement Research program in CRC CARE, one of Australia’s longest-running Cooperative Research Centres.
Her role encompasses a broad range of responsibilities, from oversight of major whole-of-organisation engagements to strategic planning and research management. Prior to joining NMI, Cheryl was a Senior Principal Research Scientist and Capability Leader at CSIRO, working on the development of online analysis techniques for the mining industry. She is an author on several patents and has conducted various missions in Asia and Europe as an International Atomic Energy Agency Technical Expert.
Dr Merryn McKinnon
Australian National University
Merryn McKinnon started out as a marine scientist, but she soon realised that talking to people about her science could do a lot more for conservation than her project would. She moved to science communication and has stayed there ever since. Merryn has slimed presidents, made children laugh and created programs and events to change ideas, inspire interest in science and to support pursuit of science careers.
She is now a lecturer and researcher in science communication at the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University. Her teaching and research focuses on helping the scientists, public health workers and policy makers of tomorrow to communicate clearly and with influence, and identifying ways of creating meaningful public engagement.
Merryn’s research explores perceptions of science, and of those communicating their science. Diversity of disciplines and ideas is important in a society, but only if they are given equal visibility and voice. Her work aims to contribute tangible mechanisms to allow that diversity to flourish.
Merryn believes that communication is an essential part of the scientific process and can create change which benefits us all.
Dr Róisín McMahon
Róisín is an Australian Science Policy Fellow, and a researcher at the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery, Griffith University. A biochemist and structural biologist, Róisín’s research passion is investigating new antimicrobial drug targets and identifying chemicals to block their activity.
Named a 2018 Queensland Young Tall Poppy and selected as an inaugural Science & Technology Superstar of STEM, Róisín is an enthusiastic science communicator and advocate for equity and diversity in STEM. She enjoys building and supporting diverse and connected communities of scientists via roles as Deputy Chair of the Australian Academy of Science’s Early and mid-Career Researcher Forum Executive, as an organiser for the hackathon HealthHack, and formerly as a convenor of the Brisbane node of the STEMMinist Book Club.
Professor Jenny Martin
Professor Martin AC FAA is Director of the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD) at Griffith University, and a recent ARC Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. Professor Martin is a renowned structural biologist who has made pioneering discoveries in the field of redox biology and drug discovery and has reported the crystal structures of more than 130 proteins and protein:inhibitor complexes. Prof Martin is currently President of the Asian Crystallography Association, and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Crystallography. She was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2017. In 2018 she was awarded the highest civilian honour in Australia Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia “For eminent service to science, and to scientific research, particularly in the field of biochemistry and protein crystallography applied to drug-resistant bacteria, as a role model, and as an advocate for gender equality in science.”
Associate Professor Scott Morrison
Australian National University
Scott Morrison is a Future Fellow at the Mathematical Sciences Institute. He’s particularly interested in the interplay between higher category theory, topological field theory, and topological phases of matter. It’s an amazing story connecting pure mathematics, condensed matter physics, and quantum computation!
Before joining the ANU in 2012, Scott worked as a postdoc at Microsoft’s research group on topological quantum computation, Station Q, and then as a Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Along the way, he helped start MathOverflow, the question-and-answer website for research mathematicians.
Associate Professor Tara Murphy
The University of Sydney
Tara Murphy is an astrophysicist working at the University of Sydney and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. She leads an international team of researchers trying to detect and study transient and highly variable astrophysical phenomena with the MWA and ASKAP radio telescopes in Western Australia. In 2017 her team detected the first radio emission from a gravitational wave event caused by the merger of two neutron stars. Tara is also passionate about teaching and public outreach. In 2014 she co-founded a start-up company, Grok Learning, to get high school students around the world excited about computational thinking.
Dr Christine O’Keefe
Dr Anna Phan
Anna is a research staff member at IBM with a focus on multidisciplinary science. She trained as an experimental particle physicist, and has always been interested in the applications of computing to physics and as well as physics to computing. After being part of the team that discovered the Higgs boson at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland, she joined IBM Research and worked in data science; she is now investigating algorithms and applications for near term quantum computers.
Dr Simon Poole
Dr Simon Poole founded Finisar Australia Pty Limited (formerly, Optium Corporation) and is its Director of New Business Ventures. He served as its General Manager since January 2007, Vice President of Business Development since March 2006 and also served as its Business Development Director and Director. He was a member of the Finisar team awarded the 2018 Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation.
Prior to this, Dr Poole founded Indx Pty. Ltd. and served as its chief executive officer, which was acquired in October 1997 by Uniphase, now a part of JDSU, and served JDSU Australia as general manager from the time of such acquisition to April 1998 and as Technical director from April 1998 to February 2001. Upon moving to Australia, Dr Poole founded the Optical Fibre Technology Centre at the University of Sydney and subsequently the Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Centre. Dr Poole has over 22 years experience in photonics. Since July 2000, Dr Poole has worked extensively in the VC industry in the USA and Australia. He has published over 150 papers and holds 7 patents. Dr Poole was a member of the team that invented the Erbium-Doped Fibre Amplifier at Southampton University. He holds a B.Sc. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in optical fibers from Southampton University.
Associate Professor Sujatha Raman
Australian National University
Sujatha Raman (BSc Physics, Madras; MS Science & Technology Studies, Virginia Tech; PhD Public & International Affairs, Pittsburgh) joined the Australian National University (ANU) in July 2018 as Reader/Associate Professor and Director of Research at the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science (CPAS). She was previously co-director of research at the Institute for Science and Society (ISS), University of Nottingham, UK where she developed a number of research and teaching collaborations with scientists and engineers on energy transitions, antimicrobials, environment and sustainability, responsible research and innovation, and public engagement. Raman is CPAS-ANU’s lead in the international Virtual Institute for Responsible Innovation (VIRI). She is interested in transdisciplinary approaches to the question of how we respond to global challenges in light of diverse forms of knowledge, practice, and valuation.
Professor Ann Roberts
University of Melbourne
Ann Roberts obtained B.Sc. (with First Class Honours and University Medal) and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Sydney in Australia. After a position as a postdoctoral associate in the School of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University, she
took up an academic position in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne where she is now Professor. Professor Roberts has diverse research interests in physical optics and photonics. In particular, she has made significant advances in the computational
and experimental study of plasmonic devices, metamaterials and nanoscale antennas. Professor Roberts’ research interests also include the development of novel microscopic and imaging techniques and their application to the non-destructive examination of specimens
such as live cells, photonic devices and cultural materials. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics (and former Victorian Branch Chair), a Member of the Australian Optical Society (and former President), a Member of the SPIE and a Fellow the
Professor Margaret Sheil
Queensland University of Technology
Professor Margaret Sheil AO was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of QUT in February 2018, having previously been Provost at The University of Melbourne since 2012.
Professor Sheil has been an academic in chemistry and held a number of senior roles at the University of Wollongong. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and was inaugural Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSM).
Professor Sheil is a Director of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and a member of the Advisory Council of the CSIRO Science Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF). She was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (2007-2012) and has previously been a member of the Advisory Board for Coursera; she has also been a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Innovation and Engineering Council, the National Research Infrastructure Council and the Cooperative Research Centres Committee.
In June 2017 Professor Sheil was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her distinguished service to science and higher education as an academic and administrator, through significant contributions to the national research landscape, and to performance standards. Professor Sheil holds a Bachelor of Science and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from The University of New South Wales, and was presented with the Science and Technology Alumni Award from UNSW in 2016.
Professor Jean Yang
University of Sydney
Jean is currently a professor and a NHMRC CDF Fellow in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney. She is also the Theme Leader for Integrative Systems and Modelling at Charles Perkins Centre, the interdisciplinary research hub at the University of Sydney.
Her research work has centered on the development of statistical methodology and the application of statistics to problems in genomics, proteomics and biomedical research. In particular, Jean’s focus is on developing methods for integrating expression studies and other biological metadata such as miRNA expression, sequence information and clinical data. As a statistician who works in the bioinformatics area, she enjoys research in a collaborative environment, working closely with scientific investigators from diverse backgrounds.
Jean obtained a bachelor’s degree in statistics from the University of Sydney before studying for her PhD in the Department of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley. She worked under the supervision of Terry Speed on the design and analysis of cDNA microarray experiments. Previously she was an Assistant Professor in Department of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, before relocating back to Sydney in 2005, where she started a lectureship position with University of Sydney.