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Dr Alan Finkel AO is one of Australia's most distinguished scientific, engineering and academic advisers and advocates for innovation in technology.

In 2020, Dr Alan Finkel AO completed his tenure as Australia’s Chief Scientist and has since been appointed Special Adviser to the Commonwealth Government on the research, development, transition, and application of low emissions technology. He is noted for making the topics of science, engineering, technology, accessible and exciting to young people through his advice and contributions to the development of the nation’s modern STEM curriculum.

Join Dr Alan Finkel AO, for the first Looking Ahead In Conversation for 2021, as his public address helps the audience to understand the vast opportunities available through low emissions technology. Dr Jessica Allen, an academic in chemical and renewable energy engineering at the University of Newcastle, will also conduct an in-depth interview of Dr Finkel as he provides insights into government and technology directions and how regional industries might respond.

From our University’s leadership in clean Hydrogen energy advancement to navigating transition to zero emission mining of aluminum, iron ore and steel; from renewable energy storage technology to bio sequestration in regional farming practices, this In Conversation promises to be insightful and engaging.

This event is co-presented with Hunter Branch of the Royal Society of NSW.

  • Date: Wednesday 26 May 2021
  • Time: 5pm for 5:30pm start
  • Location: Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, University of Newcastle, Cnr Laman Street, Auckland St, Newcastle or livestream online

Keynote Speaker

Dr Alan Finkel AO

Dr Alan Finkel AO

Special Advisor to the Commonwealth Government on Low Emissions Technologies

Dr Alan Finkel AO is a neuroscientist, engineer and entrepreneur. He was Australia’s chief scientist from 2016 to 2020, during which time he led the National Electricity Market Review, the development of the National Hydrogen Strategy, and the panel that advised the Australian Government on the 2020 Low Emissions Technology Roadmap.  He is currently Chair of Stile Education, Chair of the Australian Government’s Technology Investment Advisory Council, and Special Advisor to the Australian Government on Low Emissions Technologies.


Dr Jessica Allen

School of Engineering, College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Dr Jessica Allen is an academic in chemical and renewable energy engineering at the University of Newcastle. Dr Allen has worked in the energy field for over 10 years and specialises in low emission technology development. Her background is in electrochemistry and engineering and she has worked on fuel cells, hydrogen, biomass energy, solar energy in manufacturing as well as carbon capture and utilisation. Dr Allen is dedicated to helping the community understand energy in all its forms and lends her voice to technology explainers and showcases on both a regional and national stage.

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