Australia-Germany Research Network Conference 2020


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October 12, 2020
Duration: 1 Day

Program Overview

Monday 12th October 2020, 14:00-18:00 AEDT

02:00 pm


Dr Erol Harvey (MC), CEO Australian Centre for Medical Discoveries

02:05 pm


H.E. Dr Thomas Fitschen, German Ambassador

02:10 pm


Dr Amanda Caples, Victoria’s Lead Scientist

02:30 pm


International Research Cooperation and Engagement with Germany –Challenges and Opportunities in Times of COVID
Prof Christopher Barner-Kowollik, DVC-RI Queensland University of Technology
Prof Bronwyn Fox, DVC-RE Swinburne University of Technology
Prof Marnie Hughes-Warrington, DVC-RE University of South Australia
Prof Sakkie Pretorius, DVC-R Macquarie University

03:00 pm


Workshop: Space
Workshop: SmartER Cities

03:30 pm


04:00 pm


Professor Dr Dr h.c. mult. Joybrato Mukherjee, DAAD President

04:15 pm


Workshop: Bioeconomy
Workshop: Digital Education

04:45 pm


Workshop Outcomes

05:45 pm


Catriona Jackson, Chief Executive, Universities Australia

05:55 pm


Dr Erol Harvey (MC), CEO Australian Centre for Medical Discoveries


H.E. Dr Thomas Fitschen

German Ambassador

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Australia

Ambassador Fitschen is a lawyer by training and holds a doctorate in international law. He joined the German Foreign Service in 1990, where he worked in the fields of international law, UN affairs, security policy and counter-terrorism; postings abroad included the German Embassy in Manila and the German Missions to the United Nations in New York and Geneva. Before being appointed Ambassador to Australia in 2019 he was the Federal Foreign Office’s Special Representative for Cyber Foreign Policy and Cybersecurity.

Professor Dr Dr h.c. mult. Joybrato Mukherjee

President, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
President, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen

Prof Joybrato Mukherjee was Vice-President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from 2012 to 2019, and since 2020 he is the DAAD’s president, thus leading one of the world’s most important funding organisations for the international exchange of students and researchers. In addition to promoting academic exchange, Prof. Mukherjee sees the core tasks of the DAAD as providing advice to the higher education sector and serving as a think tank for internationalisation. Prof. Mukherjee is a Professor of English Linguistics and since 2009 he is the President of the University of Giessen. He is also a member of various advisory boards and boards of trustees of prestigious research foundations.

Dr Erol Harvey

CEO, Australian Centre for Medical Discoveries (ACMD)
Head of Strategy and Translation, Bionics Institute

Dr Harvey is the CEO of ACMD since July 2020 and Head of Strategy and Translation at the Bionics Institute since 2018. Trained originally in laser and plasma physics, Erol has been involved in the commercial and academic development of micro and nano production techniques for more than 20 years, and he is the founder of the diagnostic device company MiniFAB. He is involved in local and international organisations and government committees supporting the commercialisation of science and technology. Erol is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), was named Enabling Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame and was awarded the Clunies Ross Entrepreneur of the Year by ATSE.

Dr Amanda Caples

Victoria’s Lead Scientist

Victoria State Government

Dr Amanda Caples was appointed to the role of Victoria’s Lead Scientist in mid-2016. Amanda brings broad experience in technology commercialisation, public policy development and governance of public and private entities. Amanda joined the Victorian public service in 2002 as the inaugural Director of Biotechnology and was subsequently appointed as the Executive Director Science and Technology to drive the state's science agenda. In these roles, Amanda has led the development of industry sector strategy plans, delivered research-led health initiatives, regulatory and legislative scientific reforms and established international business development and research alliances. Amanda has worked with Commonwealth agencies on national science and innovation policies and programs, including the Australian Synchrotron and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme. Prior to entering the public service, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry in product and business development.

Catriona Jackson

Chief Executive, Universities Australia

Catriona Jackson is Chief Executive of Universities Australia, the peak body representing Australia’s university sector. Catriona is a highly experienced advocate for higher education and has extensive experience in the policy-making process. Prior to this appointment, she served as UA’s Deputy Chief Executive leading the policy team in developing sectoral policy. Catriona was CEO of Science and Technology Australia, press secretary and senior advisor to a federal government cabinet minister, director of government relations and communication at ANU, and a newspaper and radio journalist. Catriona sits on a range of Government committees including on foreign interference and research assessment and chairs the Advisory Board for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics. Catriona is an outstanding communicator who is held in strong regard in higher education, politics and the media.

Professor Christopher Barner-Kowollik

ARC Laureate Fellow and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Innovation), Queensland University of Technology

Prof. Barner-Kowollik, an active ARC Laureate Fellow, was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Vice-President of the Queensland University of Technology in 2019. Originally from Germany, he is an internationally recognised chemist with expertise in polymer chemistry, having held prestigious research positions at the University of New South Wales, where he was appointed Full Professor in 2006. From 2008 to 2017 Prof. Barner-Kowollik held a chair for Macromolecular Chemistry at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he still holds a position as associate Professor. In 2017 he relocated to the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), where he was awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship and appointed Director of QUT’s Soft Matter Materials Laboratory.

Professor Bronwyn Fox

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Bronwyn Fox is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at Swinburne University since 2020. Prior to this appointment, she was founding Director of the university's Manufacturing Futures Research Institute with a mission to support the transition of Australia’s manufacturing sector to Industry 4.0 – a bilateral government initiative between Australia and Germany. Professor Fox is an internationally recognised expert in materials science and engineering. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), University of South Australia

Professor Hughes-Warrington is DVC Research and Enterprise at the University of South Australia since 2020. Prior to taking up the role, she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Professor of History at the Australian National University (2012–19). She currently serves on the Rhodes Trust Scholarships Committee, and is a member of the National Selection Panel for the Westpac Scholars Trust. Professor Hughes-Warrington is an internationally recognized historian and philosopher: her books have been translated into five languages, with over 26,000 copies sold.

Professor Sakkie Pretorius

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Macquarie University

Professor Sakkie Pretorius joined Macquarie University in July 2013 as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research. Originally from South Africa, Professor Pretorius is internationally recognised as a pioneer in molecular microbiology, synthetic biology and biotechnology and in translating research outcomes to innovative industry applications. Prior to joining Macquarie, Professor Pretorius was Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia, and Managing Director and CEO of the Australian Wine Research Institute. He has held a series of prestigious part-time and honorary positions, including at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Gottingen, Germany.