The University of Newcastle, Australia

2018 Alumni Awards Gala - In Bloom

The University of Newcastle invites you to join the celebration as we recognise the fruitful achievements of world-class alumni at the 2018 Alumni Awards Breakfast Gala this September.

You will be treated to a morning of delicious food, entertainment, networking and a showcase of creativity and innovation.  After the ceremony, you will have the opportunity to connect directly with and hear from our Awards finalists and recipients at our INSPIRE sessions and masterclasses – and maybe even throwback to your study own days with a campus tour and a BBQ at Bar on the Hill!

Show your support for these world-changers in bloom as we invite them from across the country, and the world, to join over 130 past recipients of the University’s prestigious Alumni Awards.

  • Date: Friday 14 September 2018
  • Time: 7:00am - 9:30am (followed by INSPIRE sessions)
  • Venue: The Great Hall, Callaghan campus

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Since 1975, our annual event has recognised the most outstanding and high achieving of our alumni. This year the selection of finalists highlights breakthroughs in medicine that have saved countless lives, the development of international health strategies, innovations in CGI and Virtual Reality, and the University’s leading research in science and medicine.

UON alumni plant the seeds for the innovation, exploration and creation of solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems. Our finalists are experts in industries including creative arts, epidemiology, Indigenous health, sports science and architecture, and are renowned for their inspirational developments in these areas.

The world needs new more than ever, and at the University of Newcastle we are committed to providing that new. Our alumni make a difference locally, nationally, and world-wide, through community building, ground-breaking scientific development, and the blossoming of creative energies and ideas. Their achievements prove that once you have found new, you are always new.


Header artwork by Esther Bolz.

Esther Bolz is an award winning natural history illustrator.

She completed a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration in 2014 at the University of Newcastle. This hands-on degree is designed as a bridge between art and science and gave her a fundamental understanding of tradition art methods while refining her technical skills in research, field observation and studio-based practice.

Esther has always been passionate about Australia’s flora and fauna; this interest along with a love for the creative arts and science have been her main motivation to create and visually inspire. Her work has been featured at the Royal Botanic Gardens for BOTANICA, in various CSIRO publications and, most recently, she has worked on promotional and publication projects for the University of Newcastle. As a freelance illustrator the past few years have seen her work pushing the boundaries and exploring everything from portraiture to pet illustrations, botanical studies, medical and scientific diagrams.

Esther currently lives and works in Sydney as a freelance illustrator.