Grand Challenge Lecture: Harvesting Passion

In this Grand Challenge Lecture, CEO and Founder of OzHarvest Ronni Kahn will share how she has navigated and built bridges with naysayers, politicians, people in need, business leaders and a growing philanthropic enterprise in order to nourish countries and transform lives by tackling the global issue of food waste.

Event details:
Thursday 1 November, 4:00-5:15pm, followed by light refreshments
QUT Gardens Point Campus, Z Block, Level 4, Lecture Theatre Z-401
Free event
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Grand Challenge Lecture: Engineering a Revolution

Speaker Hon. Trish White, National President and Chair of Engineers Australia

Engineering a Revolution: from impossible complexity to transformed lives

The transformation referred to as Industry 4.0, or the fourth Industrial Revolution, has begun and engineers are at its forefront. Many Australian companies are alert to the scale of disruptions on the doorstep of their businesses and are looking to technology to help them adapt. The pace of innovation is escalating, as is the pace of disruption, but how well prepared are we for this changed future? And how well prepared is the engineering profession to guide our path?

Engineers are the professionals trained to identify good ideas that will work, and they use their problem-solving skills to turn those ideas into practical products and services. Stepping out of the shadows, the future engineer must develop new skills to help shape our nation and communicate the benefits that technology and good leadership can bring. They need expertise in their field, but they also need to be across a wider range of technologies and practices and to care about the impact of their work.

In this Grand Challenge Lecture, Ms White will outline some of the major shifts in engineering, technology and business leadership that will transform our country and our lives. She will cover topics of innovation, technological advances, leadership, engineering education and the impact of engineering on a preferred future for the nation.

Event details:
Friday 21 September, 4.00–5.15pm, followed by light refreshments
QUT Gardens Point campus, Kindler Theatre (P-421), Level 4, P Block
Free event. RSVP via Eventbrite.

Grand Challenge Lecture: can we eliminate human error from the road system?

Speaker Professor Hugh Bradlow, President, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

Every year about 1300 people die on Australian roads and about 45,000 receive injuries sufficiently serious to warrant hospitalisation (about 11 per cent of emergency room admissions). According to US statistics, 94 per cent of road accidents are caused by human error.

Emerging technology creates the possibility of a fully autonomous road system where no human is involved in the control of a vehicle. This would not only save thousands of lives and reduce the burden on the health system, but would eliminate congestion and avoid the need to build new roads. It is likely to be the single biggest urban transformation we witness in the first half of the 21st century.

Besides explaining the impact of an autonomous transport system, Professor Bradlow will demystify the emerging technologies that make this transition possible: the synthesis of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, autonomous systems, 5G mobile networks and centimetre-accuracy mapping systems.

Finally, he will consider the implications to the economy in terms of the factors described above as well as employment and industry disruption.

Event details:
Friday 27 July, 4pm – 5:15pm
The Kindler Theatre, Level 4 P Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus.
Free event. RSVP via Eventbrite.

IFE Grand Challenge Lecture: Backing Australia’s Research Ecosystem

Join us at the next Grand Challenge Lecture as we hear from Professor Margaret Sheil AO, QUT Vice-Chancellor, who will discuss effective models, strategies, and example breakthroughs of a successful national research environment. Read more.

Event details:
Friday 25 May, 4-5pm
The Kindler Theatre (P 421), Level 4, P Block
QUT Gardens Point Campus

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IFE Grand Challenge Lecture Series: Wayne Denning from Carbon Creative

Wayne DenningWayne Denning, a proud Birri Gubba man and QUT alumni, left a successful career in Federal Government to form Carbon Creative, a full service creative agency with a difference. Determined to give a positive voice to Indigenous Australians, Wayne set about creating innovative, engaging design and strategy for children’s television and the corporate arena and hasn’t looked back.

Join us on on Friday 4 May at 4.00pm as Wayne delivers an IFE Grand Challenge Lecture. His topic is: Provoking intergenerational change – empowering a generation to close their own gap. To find out more and register, go to our Eventbrite listing.

All Grand Challenge Lectures are free and open to the public. You can attend in person at the Kindler Theatre (GP-P421) in P Block on QUT’s Gardens Point campus or watch via livestream.

 

IFE Grand Challenge Lecture Series: great minds, big ideas, endless possibilities

Several grand challenges confront humanity in the 21st century, from feeding the world’s booming population to managing scarce natural resources and reducing our carbon footprint. The Grand Challenge Lecture Series presented by the Institute for Future Environments (IFE) explores these and other challenges and the possible solutions to them.

Bill Ferris AC, Chair of Innovation and Science Australia, will deliver an IFE Grand Challenge Lecture on Friday 6 April

Join us on Friday 6 April at 4.00pm as we hear from Mr Bill Ferris AC, the Chair of Innovation and Science Australia (ISA). Mr Ferris will discuss ISA’s strategic plan for Australia to thrive in the global innovation race.

Learn more and register for this IFE Grand Challenge Lecture: Innovation Must Become the Core of National Priority Settings.

All Grand Challenge Lectures are free and open to the public. You can attend in person at the Kindler Theatre (GP-P421) in P Block on QUT’s Gardens Point campus or watch via livestream.

 

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