The University of Newcastle, Australia

In today’s society, we face unprecedented change and complex global challenges.People at desk collaborating and researching

This means we need to think and work differently, and our agility, responsiveness, and collaborative experimentation as a society will be critical to sustainability and success – not only for university and our regional economies, but for our wider communities.

Join Professor Janet Nelson as she examines how researchers collaborate with community partners to leverage the unique history of our region – and increase our research and academic excellence – to solve some of our most challenging problems.

Janet and her panel of experts will discuss some of the current opportunities and challenges our researchers are facing and seeking to solve: how do we bring the world closer to a sustainable future? How do we support transition and uptake of natural resources in the development of new energy technologies?

The University of Newcastle is looking ahead and focusing on the solutions we need to build for our regions.  We are empowered by our reputation for outstanding research and collaboration, underpinned by our values of excellence, equity, sustainability and engagement in everything we do. As partners, we can navigate through this unique time. The University of Newcastle is dedicated to our partnerships with regions as we thrive into our shared future.

This event is co-presented with The Royal Society of New South Wales [Hunter Branch]

  • Date: Tuesday 27 October 2020
  • Time: 5:15-6:30pm
  • Location: Online
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Keynote Speaker

Professor Janet Nelson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation)

Professor Janet Nelson is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and a Vice-President of the University of Newcastle. She is a proven research leader with international experience across the academic, government, not-for-profit and industry sectors.

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Panel Members

Ms Morven Cameron

Ms Morven Cameron

Chief Executive Officer, Lake Macquarie City Council

I am passionate about local government and finding fresh ways to ensure the third largest regional City in NSW continues to thrive. I am committed to transforming the way Council delivers key services by supporting innovation, fostering business improvement, nurturing collaboration and putting the customer at the centre of everything we do.

Dr Priscilla Tremain

School of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

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Dr Kirsten Molloy

Dr Kirsten Molloy

Non-Exec Director of HMRI, NRMA and HunterH20

Dr Kirsten Molloy is a business leader and company director, sitting on a range of Boards of commercial and not-for-profit businesses. Her executive career included being a CEO of HVCCC, a logistics organisation coordinating a complex supply chain in a major industry across a complex member based construct. Prior to her CEO role Dr Molloy held a range of executive roles at Orica, a global mining services company. Dr Molloy is currently a Non-executive Director of the NRMA, Hunter H2O engineering consultancy and the Hunter Medical Research Institute.