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Yes, We Can: Catalysing Hope for a Sustainable Future



9 April 2009

As the environmental state of the planet becomes more and more uncertain, the need for sustainable solutions is essential. Hear international experts tackle the sustainability problem from a scientific, industrial and policy perspective at a free public event on Tuesday 14 April 2009 at the University of Sydney.

Hear from international experts about sustainability solutions at the free public event Yes, We Can: Catalysing Hope for a Sustainable Future on 14 April 2009.
Hear from international experts about sustainability solutions at the free public event Yes, We Can: Catalysing Hope for a Sustainable Future on 14 April 2009.

Hosted by the University of Sydney Institute for Sustainable Solutions, the evening will be convened by Robyn Williams, presenter of the ABC's The Science Show, and will include three international experts presenting on the most up to date thinking on sustainability and society, followed by a panel discussion and audience questions.

The three presenters are Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas, from the University of Cambridge, Dr Frits Dautzenberg, from Serenix Corporation, and Dr Ian Maxwell, from Maxco Consulting Group.

These three will be joined by Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, from the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney, Professor Can Li, from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in China, and Professor Dirk de Vos, from the Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, for a panel discussion and audience question session.

Find out at this important public forum about the solutions that will effect genuine and significant change, who will create the solutions to ensure that we can achieve a truly sustainable future, the science behind these solutions, and the hurdles effecting their implementation.

"Expect a unique, uplifting and unforgettable evening that will challenge and inspire you," said Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, who coordinated the public event.

The evening will begin with the first Australian performance of '(Distance and) no space was seen' by Australian composer Lewis Cornwell, exploring the East/West Phoenix myth, combining Asian and Western instruments. Concluding the event will be a reading by Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas of extracts from Dylan Thomas, including the poem Fern Hill.

A cocktail reception in the University of Sydney's Nicholson Museum will follow the lecture, providing an opportunity for further informal discussion with the people who are helping to secure our sustainable future.

The public event is part of a three day symposium called 'Catalysis - A major Key to Sustainability', running from 15 to 17 April 2009, presented by the University of Sydney Institute for Sustainable Solutions.

Event details:

Date: Tuesday 14 April, 2009

Time: 5:45pm - 7:00pm

Location: General Lecture Theatre, Main Quadrangle, University of Sydney. Followed by a cocktail reception in the University of Sydney's Nicholson Museum.

RSVP:events@science.usyd.edu.au

Limited seats only.

The speakers:

Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas is one of the world's pre-eminent scientists and is currently based at the University of Cambridge. He is the recipient of 20 honorary doctoral degrees, has given over 100 named lectureships, holds more than 40 honorary fellowships in universities and colleges worldwide and has also had a new mineral 'Meurigite' named in his honour. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1991 for "services to chemistry and the popularisation of science," Sir John is the author of over 950 research papers on the materials and surface chemistry of solids, and over 100 review articles on science, education and cultural issues. He is the co-author of 25 patents, two University texts on Heterogeneous Catalysis and a biographical-philosophical study of Michael Faraday.

Dr Frits Dautzenberg is an expert in applied catalysis and process development. Born and educated in the Netherlands, he received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Eindhoven (TUE). His industrial career spans companies such as Shell, Catalytica Inc and ABB Lummus Global. Dr Dautzenberg has also taught a range of industry related courses as Adjunct Professort at the TUE. He has also published a large number of scientific articles and is named as the inventor on approximately 20 patents. Currently, Dr Dautzenberg is Founding Director of the Serenix Corporation - a catalyst and process technology consulting company, based in California.

Dr Ian Maxwell received his PhD in Chemistry from the Australian National University. He is the co-author of 25 internationally filed patents and 80+ scientific and technical articles and book chapters. He has more recently turned his attention to innovation and energy policy development and has recently written a book titled 'Managing Sustainable Innovation: The Driver for Global Growth' (to be published in early 2009 by Springer and distributed globally). He has more than 25 years experience in technology and new business development and currently serves as the CEO of a recently formed company, Maxco Consulting Group, which focuses on providing energy policy and technology innovation services in the Asia Pacific Region.


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