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Speakers

Ruben Meerman - MC

Ruben Meerman - MC

Ruben Meerman is a reporter on ABC television's Catalyst program and Play School's first ever ‘resident scientist’. Young audiences know him as the ABC's Surfing Scientist through his books and television science demonstrations. Ruben’s scientific career began as a physicist, producing optical coatings for industrial, medical and military lasers. He eventually found his true calling in schools...

Jack Andraka

Jack Andraka

Presenting at TEDxQUT in August

At the age of 15, Jack is an inspiration to our future scientists, techonologists, engineers and mathematicians. In his determination to find a cure for pancreatic cancer, he developed an early detection test that has the potential to save many lives. The test costs three cents, takes five minutes, and appears to have almost 100% accuracy, which could...

Andrew Sorensen

Andrew Sorensen

Andrew Sorensen is an artist-programmer, whose interests lie at the intersection of computer science and creative practice. Andrew is well known for creating the programming languages that he uses in live performance to generate improvised audiovisual theatre. Andrew has performed around the world, and is the author of the Impromptu and Extempore programming language environments.

Dominic Kauter

Dominic Kauter

Dominic is a research student and sessional academic at the QUT business school, currently exploring the importation of wines and ciders, and how small business owners leverage their networks and language skills to remain competitive in niche markets. He is also an active member in the QUT College of Excellence, and is enthusiastic about education, leadership, anything Evernote related, and...

Emily Haigh

Emily Haigh

Emily is the Co-founder and Director of Impact Leaders, a youth-led social enterprise which aims to help companies generate new sources of profit or growth via social impact initiatives. A marketing strategist with solid experience in stakeholder engagement, business model development and brand management, Emily has worked with some of Australia’s leading brands and is also a senior...

Excerpt from "Traces"

Excerpt from "Traces"

This dance piece looks at the idea of ‘emotional residue’, the belief that people’s emotions leave traces in the physical environment, which can later influence others or be sensed by others.

Choreography: Lisa Wilson (QUT Alumnus). Dancers: Asher Bowen Saunders and Matthew Nguyen (QUT Students).

Fred Watson

Fred Watson

Fred Watson has been Astronomer-in-Charge of the Australian Astronomical Observatory since 1995, but is best known for his radio and TV broadcasts, books, and other outreach programmes. He is also a musician,with both a science-themed CD and an award-winning symphony libretto to his name. Fred was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 and even has an asteroid named after him (5691...

Jane Andraka

Jane Andraka

A practicing anaesthetist Jane says in their home they have created an environment that values ideas. Encouraging her sons to follow their passion has led them to build levels of knowledge in their areas of interest.

Joel Fernandes

Joel Fernandes

Joel Fernandes is a Mechanical Engineering student, who is currently in his fourth (and final) year at QUT. Joel has a strong passion for social and community development, and is heavily involved in many on-campus student groups, including the QUT College of Excellence and the student-run Mechanical Engineering Social Society.

He has been involved in both amateur stand-up comedy and...

Lubi Thomas

Lubi Thomas

As Senior Curator-Digital Media at QUT Brisbane, Lubi Thomas has extensive experience in the development and delivery of digital media exhibitions and associate public and educational programs. Lubi curates across two major location-based programs, the creative industries precinct & the Cube, with her curatorial scope traversing the digital arts landscape and STEM. She works locally,...

Paul Seymour

Paul Seymour

Paul Seymour is the Co-Founder of One Week Job Australia, an inspiring project that saw him work 52 Jobs in 52 Weeks around Australia throughout 2012 to discover his passions in life.

Paul worked as a Beef Farmer, Journalist, Basketball Coach, Producer, Landscaper, Charity Worker, Band Manager, Social Worker, Photography Assistant, Hairdresser, High School and Primary School Teacher,...

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith

Named by The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation as an ‘Emerging International Talent’, described by News Limited as 'One of Australia’s brightest thinkers on the perpetual challenge of urban planning’ and shortlisted as a 2012 TED Global Fellow, Rachel Smith is one of Australia’s leading active/sustainable transport planners and urban thinkers. Rachel is a Principal Transport Planner at AECOM,...

Robert Perrons

Robert Perrons

Prior to joining the Queensland University of Technology as an Associate Professor of Technology Management and Strategy in 2011, Rob worked in a wide variety of roles and locations for Shell International’s Exploration & Production division. He started his career in Shell’s Strategy & Economics team in 1997, and then worked for several years as a production engineer in the company’s...

Janelle Kerrisk

Janelle Kerrisk

Janelle is the Queensland and Northern Territory President of the not for profit organisation, The National Association of Women in Construction as well as a partner in one of the largest specialist construction and infrastructure practices in Queensland. She sits in a small 17.1% of women equity partners in Australia and an even smaller number that work exclusively in the construction...

Hailey Bartholomew

Hailey Bartholomew

Hailey can lay claim to the titles of photographer, author, director, social commentator and artist. The owner and creative director of her own business, she has clients than span the globe as a photographer and as a director. She has published two books so far in her career, and directed television commercials and visual presentations for major national brands and charities. But within this...

Alissa Holton- Event MC

Alissa Holton- Event MC

Alissa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in the Creative Industries and a Master’s Degree in Music Therapy. In 2007, at the age of 23, Alissa co-founded the not for profit organsation “s.p.a.c.e” (a Brisbane based community center) and in 2011 took on a role with the Foundation for Young Australians in the Changemaking Team.

Alissa’s areas of expertise include rapid prototyping, design...

Bernie Warren

Bernie Warren

Bernie Warren, Ph.D, is Professor of Drama in Education and Community in The School of Dramatic Art at the University of Windsor a post he has held since 1992. Since 1975 he has worked in clinical, educational and community settings worldwide and has held various University positions in both Drama/Theatre and Psychology for nearly 35 years.

Dr. Warren has studied Eastern healing and...

Freya Wright Brough

Freya Wright Brough

Freya is a 22 year old writer from Brisbane. Plagued by a compulsion to tell stories, last year she decided to write live for 24 hours straight at the National Young Writers Festival, which won her the 2013 Express Media Award for Most innovative new project or work by a young person. Determined to continue down the path of becoming what she calls an “extreme writer,” she is now writing a...

James Moody

James Moody

James is the founder and CEO of TuShare, a company with a vision of creating the world’s largest community of sharers to help all household items reach their full lifespan. He was previously Executive Director, Development at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation where he was responsible for CSIRO's client engagement, international development and futures unit....

Jen Storey

Jen Storey

Jen is a writer, editor and her gun is for hire. Digital is her thing. She’s been in digital for more years than most readers of this biography have had birthdays. Really. Her Masters Thesis was on how this World Wide Web thingy was going to change corporate communications forever. That was in 1996.

Since then, she has worked across all areas of digital, innovation and startups. She...

Kon Karapanagiotidis

Kon Karapanagiotidis

Over the past 22 years Kon has worked at the grassroots with marginalized communities as a lawyer, social worker and teacher. Inspired by the struggles of his parents and his own experiences of racism growing up, Kon founded the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in 2001. In just eight weeks with the help of TAFE students he was teaching at the time, the ASRC opened its doors. Since then,...

Mia Woodruff

Mia Woodruff

Associate Professor Mia Woodruff leads the Biomaterials and Tissue Morphology Group at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, QUT. Mia’s exciting vision is of a future where the fabrication of patient-specific replacement tissue and organs is safe, cost-effective and routine. This dream drives her fascinating research to advance the high-tech sciences of tissue engineering and...

Peter Black

Peter Black

Peter is a Senior Lecturer in the Law School, teaching and researching in internet law, media law and Australian Constitutional law.

Peter studied Arts, with a major in Media Studies, and Law at the University of Queensland, graduating from Law as a University Medallist. After working as an Associate for Justice Davies of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Queensland, he...

Phil Larsen

Phil Larsen

Phil Larsen is a gamer and chief marketing officer focused on developing world class interactive content and most importantly, getting it into the hands of players. Through this commitment to creating the very best games for disruptive digital marketplaces, he has driven Aussie studio Halfbrick to international recognition with brands including Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride. Collectively,...

Ruben Meerman

Ruben Meerman

Ruben is a surfer with a physics degree and a passion for bringing science education to life. He is a reporter on ABC television’s Catalyst program, a regular guest on ABC3’s Studio 3 and was Play School’s first ever resident. He presented demonstrations on ABC Kids’ Roller Coaster program for five years and appeared on Sleek Geeks I & II with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Adam Spencer. He has...

Selena Bartlett

Selena Bartlett

Professor Selena Bartlett is a Group Leader in Addiction Neuroscience and Obesity at the Translational Research Institute at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation and a Research Capacity Building Professor in the School of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health, QUT. In 2013, she won the Outstanding Achievement Award and Biotech Research Award and is an Ambassador for the Women in...

Stephanie Campbell

Stephanie Campbell

Stephanie is a public relations specialist, and Fitness Ambassador for the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW Australia. She is also the survivor of a horrific skydiving accident that occurred on March 16 this year.

Coming in to land on her 57th solo skydive at Toogoolawah in South-East Queensland, Stephanie’s parachute collapsed high above the ground. She landed on her back...

Amalie Wright

Amalie Wright

Amalie is an architect and landscape architect, passionate about achieving positive change through good design. In 2007 she was awarded the mecu Travel Bursary, awarded by Brisbane’s Centre for Subtropical Design, enabling her to study the changing role of city parks in Colombia and the United States. She was subsequently commissioned by CSIRO Publishing to develop her research into a book,...

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson has established himself as one of Australia’s busiest actors and voice over artisits. He has been working in television, film, theatre and radio for over 20 years, in shows such as the Secret Life of Us, Rush, Underbelly and Wilfred.

In addition to acting, in 2003 Samuel rode his unicycle 1003.4 kilometres between Sydney and Melbourne to raise $500,000 for CanTeen and...

Dr Adam Fraser

Dr Adam Fraser

Dr Adam Fraser is a human performance researcher and consultant who studies how organisations adopt a high performance culture to thrive in this challenging and evolving business landscape. While other speakers talk about research, he does the research, partnering with various Universities through Asia Pacific. He is at the forefront of how neuroscience and positive psychology can be used to...

Claire Madden

Claire Madden

Claire Madden is a social researcher and Director of Research at the internationally recognised McCrindle. Claire effectively bridges the gap between the emerging generations and the business leaders and educators of today. She is a next-gen expert, fluent in the social media, youth culture, and engagement styles of these global generations, and a professional in interpreting what this means...

Leah James and Rebecca Glover

Leah James and Rebecca Glover

Leah James and Rebecca Glover are the founders of 'Ruby & Ollie's All Abilities Childcare', a centre that offers a holistic approach to the care of children of all needs. After noticing an overwhelming gap in the market of childcare for their own children, the ladies took their idea to channel TEN’s Shark Tank. Their pitch was successful and moved the ‘Sharks’ and viewers alike with their...

Chris Rhyss Edwards

Chris Rhyss Edwards

Chris Rhyss Edwards is a former soldier turned digital media professional and writer. After spending a decade in uniform in the Australian Army he has spent the past fifteen years in digital media working for NewsCorp, Sensis, Clemenger BBDO and DMG. He has studied Entrepreneurship & Innovation through the University of Adelaide, holds a Master’s in Creative Writing from Queensland...

Andrea Tjoeng

Andrea Tjoeng

Andrea has a decade of experience delivering creative solutions to businesses looking to improve how they attract, retain and reward their biggest asset: their people.After starting her career as a support leader and key accounts administrator with recruitment marketing specialist Employment Office, Andrea saw the potential for sophisticated e-recruitment software, and took on the role of...

Chiquita Searle

Chiquita Searle

Swapping a lucrative corporate job in the coalfields of Queensland’s mining industry for a fashion designer’s studio, Chiquita Searle, or Chi for short, has certainly experienced life on both sides of the career spectrum.

Taking the path-less-trodden, in 2011, after a successful eight-year long stint in HR and Recruitment for the construction and mining industries, Chi felt a strong...

Michael Milford

Michael Milford

Michael Milford holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Mechanical and Space Engineering from the University of Queensland (UQ), awarded in 2006 and 2002 respectively. After a brief postdoc in robotics at UQ, Michael worked for three years at the Queensland Brain Institute as a Research Fellow on the Thinking Systems Project. In 2010 he moved to the Queensland University of...

Jacob Thomas

Jacob Thomas

Growing up in the regional town of Shepparton in Victoria's North, Jacob Thomas has put away the Driza-bone and has called Melbourne home for the last seven years. Jacob is a young change maker, social entrepreneur, performer, and disruptive public speaker. After moving to Melbourne in 2008 to study at Monash University, Jacob completed a B.A in 2014, graduating with a double major in...

Professor Suzi Vaughan

Professor Suzi Vaughan

Prof Suzi Vaughan has 21 years experience of teaching and leadership in higher education both in the United Kingdom and Australia, and is the recipient of a number of teaching excellence awards in recognition of her work in fashion education and academic leadership.

In 2008 she was a member of the expert reference group for the Federal Government Review of the Australian Textile,...

Faiza El-Higzi

Faiza El-Higzi

Faiza El-Higzi has worked in Australia and overseas, in the public, private and the NGO sectors.

She is currently the National Human Rights Advisor for the National Council for Women and was the Economic Advisor for the Queensland Chapter.

Faiza has more than ten years public sector experience in Australia providing strategic policy advice at both the State and Federal levels...

Jonathan Sri

Jonathan Sri

Jonathan is a writer, musician and community organiser with a strong interest in democratic reform and non-hierarchical political structures. Much of his writing focuses on xenophobia, systemic racism and the normalisation of whiteness.

Jonathan is a former Queensland poetry slam state champion, and was runner-up in the Australian poetry slam grand finale. He has performed poetry at...

Bob Lonne

Bob Lonne

Bob Lonne (PhD) has extensive experience as a social worker in various child protection roles in Australia. He commenced his PhD in the early 1990s and researched the factors affecting the recruitment and retention of rural social workers, as well as the process of personal and professional adjustment they experienced when relocating to take up a position in a rural community.

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Dr. Scott Hocknull

Dr. Scott Hocknull

Dr. Scott Hocknull is senior curator of geosciences, a vertebrate palaeontologist and passionate science communicator. He developed his love for natural history at a very young age growing up in the Northern Territory, Australia.

Scott started at the Queensland Museum in 1990 as a 12 year old volunteer, working in the palaeontology and geology department. In secondary school Scott...

Megan Pozzi - Event MC

Megan Pozzi - Event MC

Megan Pozzi is an educator, researcher and award winning public speaker. Formerly a high school English and Drama teacher, Megan is passionate about social media, student learning and literacies. In 2014, Megan developed ‘Create a Better Online You’, a suite of online resources targeting the social media skills of undergraduate students at QUT. In 2013, Megan was the winner and people’s choice...

Jane Milburn

Jane Milburn

Jane Milburn is at the cutting edge of the slow clothing movement in Australia, after earlier work in journalism and rural communications. As an agricultural scientist, Jane’s focus is the substance, not just the style, of the clothing we wear every day for protection and as a statement about who we are. Her premise is that clothes do for us on the outside what food does on the inside –...

Marek Kowalkiewicz

Marek Kowalkiewicz

Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz is an academic and industry leader with extensive experience in conducting academically sound research, co-innovating with industry and university partners, and delivering innovative products to the market. Currently, as Professor and PwC Chair in Digital Economy, as well as Leader of the Embracing Digital Age research theme, he leads Queensland University of...

Rachel Burke

Rachel Burke

Rachel Burke is a textile artist, clothing designer, and stylist. She is the founder and artist behind Apomogy, a communal art project encouraging people to anonymously apologise through a handmade pom pom.

First gaining recognition in 2012 for her 365 dress-a-day project i make. you wear it., she has since...

Lauren Shuttleworth

Lauren Shuttleworth

Lauren Shuttleworth is a social entrepreneur and gender equality activist. In late 2014 she founded Words With Heart, an eco-friendly stationery social enterprise that funds women's and girls' education projects. The company has already been awarded grants from ING Direct and Macquarie Group, and is currently negotiating a...

Dr Cassandra Cross

Dr Cassandra Cross

Dr Cassandra Cross is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology. Previously, she worked as a research/policy officer with the Queensland Police Service, where she commenced research on the topic of online fraud and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2011. Since taking up her position at QUT, she has published in this area across several journals and...

Dr Christina Chalmers

Dr Christina Chalmers

Dr Christina Chalmers is a lecturer in Mathematics and Technologies Education in the School of Curriculum at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Chris currently leads the Robotics@QUT project which is a support network developed to assist teachers and students from over 40 schools in low SES areas, engaging in robotics-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)...

Dr Geoff Walker

Dr Geoff Walker

Dr Geoff Walker joined Queensland University of Technology’s Electrical Power Engineering group as an Associate Professor in 2013. His current research interests lie in applying power electronics to applications in renewable energy (especially solar power), power systems, and electric vehicles.

From 2008 to 2013, he worked as a senior electrical engineering consultant in Aurecon's...

Andrew Fa’avale

Andrew Fa’avale

If variety is the spice of life, then Andrew Fa’avale must love spices.

Andrew has worked as a mediator, practiced as a lawyer, played and coached rugby, worked with young offenders and is currently employed as an equity practitioner and researcher at QUT. These roles have blessed him with the opportunity to live in a diverse range of places such as Samoa, England, Hong Kong, United...

Lionel Page

Lionel Page

Lionel is the Head of the Queensland Behavioural Economics group. He received the 2016 Young Economist Prize from the Economic Society of Australia. His research has attracted substantial media attention both in Australia and overseas including coverage by the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and The Australian. He has also been awarded prestigious fellowships such as an...

Brett Lewis

Brett Lewis

Brett Lewis is an early career researcher at the Queensland’s University of Technology, researching physiological changes and the behaviour of corals during climate related stress. He spent 4 years on the Great Barrier Reef diving and teaching tourists and the local population about the Great Barrier Reef ecological and sociological importance. Brett is currently undertaking a Masters in Coral...