Australia 2020 Summit: Sydney academics make the list
28 March 2008
University of Sydney academics feature strongly in the list of delegates to the Australia 2020 Summit which has been announced by the Prime Minister.
A group of 1000 of Australia's brightest and best have been chosen to participate, the group contains more than 25 members of the University's academic staff chosen from a total of around 8,000 nominations.
The list of prominent Sydney University delegates includes Professor Ian Hickie, Professor Patricia Apps, Dr Helen Irving, Professor Bryan Gaensler and Professor Marcela Bilek.
Fourth year Economics and Social Sciences student Ms Sara Haghdoosti has also been included for the 2020 Summit in the Strengthening communities, supporting families and social inclusion section along with Phd student Katherine Fallah, who will participate in the Australia's future security and prosperity in a rapidly changing region and world.
The delegates will be split into 10 critical discussion areas which have been chosen to help shape the nation's future. They will look at areas such as Australia's future security; future directions of rural industries; climate change; and a long term national healthy strategy. Critical discussion will also focus on the future of Indigenous Australia and education, skills, science and innovation.
There are also plans for state and territory premiers to hold their own summits and there has been a great deal of interest from local members of parliament to also host summits.
'As Prime Minister, I congratulate and thank everyone who nominated. I look forward to hearing your ideas for Australia's future,' the Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP said during last week's announcement.
The Summit takes place in Canberra on 19 and 20 April
University of Sydney Australia 2020 Summit delegates:
A long-term national health strategy
Professor Louise Baur
Professor Tony Cunningham
Professor Elizabeth Elliott
Professor Ian Hickie
Professor Hal Kendig
Professor Michael Kidd
Professor Stephen Leeder
Dr Meredith Sheil
Associate Professor Paul Torzillo
Australia's future security and prosperity in a rapidly changing region and world
Dr James Curran
Professor Alan Dupont
Ms Katherine Fallah
Dr Ben Saul
Future directions for the Australian economy
Professor Patricia Apps
Future directions for rural industries and rural communities
Associate Professor Anthony English
Future of Australian Governance
Associate Professor Lyn Carson
Professor Geoffrey Gallop
Dr Helen Irving
Dr Joanne Kelly
Associate Professor Anne Frances Twomey
Population, sustainability, climate change and water
Professor Marcela Bilek
Professor Mary Crock
The Productivity Agenda (education, skills, training, science and innovation)
Associate Professor Marian Baird
Dr Philip Clarke
Dr Rae Cooper
Professor Bryan Gaensler
Ms Tania Major
Strengthening communities, supporting families and social inclusion
Ms Sara Haghdoosti
Towards a creative Australia
Associate Professor Robyn Ewing
Contact: Jake O'Shaughnessy
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