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Overview

FUTURE WOMEN LEADERS CONFERENCE
Date:
18-19 November 2019
Venue: Monash University, Clayton, Melbourne VIC

The Future Women Leaders Conference is a unique event specially designed to support women in engineering and IT to progress their academic careers.

The two day conference co-hosted by Monash University, the University of Melbourne and UNSW will gather early career academics in engineering and IT from around Australia. The conference will be chaired by Prof Cordelia Selomulya and Dr Pierre Le Bodic (Monash), Prof Ana Deletic (UNSW), and Prof Elaine Wong (University of Melbourne), and will feature a range of exciting speakers, including Prof Rose Amal (UNSW), Prof Karen Hapgood (Deakin University), Dr Robert Mun (ARC) and others.

Attendees will attend skill development workshops, learn strategies to deal with the specific challenges facing women in engineering and IT and network with their peers.

Plenary Speaker
Professor Rose Amal

ARC Laureate Fellow, Scientia Professor, Particle and Catalysis Group, School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW
Rose Amal

Professor Amal is a UNSW Scientia Professor and an ARC Laureate Fellow. Professor Amal is a chemical engineer and the leader of the Particles and Catalysis Research Group. Previously she was also the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials (2010-2013).

Professor Amal is recognised as a pioneer and leading authority in the fields of fine particle technology, photocatalysis and functional nanomaterials having made significant contributions to these related areas of research over the past 15 years. Her research contributions span from fundamental chemistry to applied chemical engineering fields; from material science and nano-research to a specialised photochemistry field.

Her current research focuses on designing nanomaterials for solar and chemical energy conversion applications (including photocatalysis for water and air purification, water splitting, development of indoor self-cleaning materials, low temperature catalytic reactions) and engineering systems for solar induced processes, using the sun’s energy as a clean fuel source.

Keynote Speaker
Dr Robert Mun

Executive Director, Engineering and Information Sciences, ARC
Robert Mun

Dr Robert Mun joined the ARC in May 2018 as Executive Director for Engineering and Information Sciences.

Dr Mun has a strong technical background as a researcher, and has had an extensive career in the Australian Government. Prior to joining the ARC, Dr Mun was Branch Head at the Defence Science and Technology Group with the Australian Department of Defence, and previously was Scientific Advisor to Navy and to the Defence Material Organisation, and Senior Scientist leading systems engineering research, also with the Department of Defence. With research expertise commencing in the area of fluid mechanics, through his subsequent Australian Government roles, his experience has extended to complex systems integration, focusing on the integration and networking of multiple Defence systems. His research team’s specialty was including the human element within the engineering solution.

Throughout his career, Dr Mun has been involved in working with a wide range of national and international research specialists, incorporating multiple technologies into emerging solutions. This work has included managing Defence capability demonstrator grant programs.

Dr Mun has authored numerous Australian Government reports, and has contributed to a wide range of policy and capability outcomes. Prior to joining the Australian Government, he published numerous journal and book articles on fluid mechanics

Program

Day 1 - Monday 18 November, 2019

VENUE - COLLABORATION LOUNGE, LEVEL 4, NEW HORIZONS BUILDING, 20 RESEARCH WAY, CLAYTON CAMPUS

8.30am REGISTRATION 
9.00-9.15am WELCOME
Professor George Simon, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Monash University 
Professor Jon Whittle, Dean, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University 
9.15-10.15am OPENING ADDRESS 
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Dr Robert Mun, Executive Director, Engineering & Information Sciences, ARC
10.15-10.45am MORNING TEA 
10.45-11.30am WOMEN IN ENGINEERING AND IT:  WHERE ARE WE NOW?
Professor Ana Deletic, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Division of Research, UNSW 
Professor Sharon Oviatt, Director HCI Program, Professor in Human-Computer Interaction, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University 
11.30-12.30pm PLENARY SPEAKER
Professor Rose Amal, ARC Laureate Fellow, Scientia Professor, Particle and Catalysis Group, School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW 
12.30-1.30pm LUNCH
1.30-2.30pm WORKSHOP 1: BUILDING YOUR RESEARCH PROFILE 
Professor Ana Deletic, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Civil & Environmental Engineering, UNSW         
2.30-3.30pm WORKSHOP 2: HOW TO APPLY FOR ACADEMICS JOBS, CVS, PAPERS AND GRANTS
Professor Cordelia Selomulya, ARC Future Fellow, Chemical Engineering, Monash University 
Professor Karin Vespoor, Melbourne School of Engineering and IT, University of Melbourne 
3.30-3.50pm AFTERNOON TEA
3.50-4.15pm WORKSHOP 3. SAYING YES AND PUTTING YOURSELF FORWARD
Professor Elizabeth Croft, Dean, Engineering, Monash University 
Professor Elaine Wong, Associate Dean Diversity and Inclusion, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne 
4.15pm  CLOSING ADDRESS FOR DAY 1 
Professor Elizabeth Croft, Dean, Engineering, Monash University 
4.30pm Coach pick-up from Monash New Horizons Building, 20 Research Way, Clayton Campus to University of Melbourne, University House, Woodward Ctr
6.00pm Cocktails
6.45pm Dinner 
9.30pm-10pm Coach pick up from University of Melbourne, University House, Woodward Ctr to Quest Apartments, 5 Acacia Place, Notting Hill and then onto Monash New Horizons Building, 20 Research Way, Clayton Campus

Day 2 - Tuesday 19 November, 2019

VENUE - COLLABORATION LOUNGE, LEVEL 4, NEW HORIZONS BUILDING, 20 RESEARCH WAY, CLAYTON CAMPUS

9.00-9.45am WORKSHOP 4. PUBLICATIONS AND GRANTS STRATEGY
Professor Ana Deletic, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Division of
Research, UNSW 
Professor Ann Nicholson, Deputy Dean (Research), Faculty of Information
Technology, Monash University
9.45-10.30am ATTAINING THE ELUSIVE BALANCE OF WORK & LIFE (Panel session with University of Melbourne representatives)  
10.30-11.00am MORNING TEA
11-12.00pm WORKSHOP 5: NETWORKING IN ACADEMIA AND WITH INDUSTRY
Professor Karen Hapgood, Executive Dean, Faculty of Science Engineering & Built Environment, Deakin University 
12.00-1.00pm LUNCH
1.00-2.00pm WORKSHOP 6. PLANNING FOR YOUR FUTURE CAREER
Professor Karen Hapgood, Executive Dean, Faculty of Science Engineering
& Built Environment, Deakin University 
2.00-3.00pm SUCCESSFUL WOMEN: PANEL Q&A (Monash, UNSW, Deakin, University of Melbourne)
3.00-3.20pm AFTERNOON TEA
3.20-4.20pm WORKSHOP 7 PROMOTING YOUR RESEARCH
Professor Graham Currie, Director of Monash Infrastructure, Chair of
Public Transport, Professor in Transport Engineering, Faculty of Engineering,
Monash University 
4.30pm CONFERENCE CLOSE

Venue

The conference will be held in the Collaboration Lounge at Monash University, Clayton Campus, New Horizons Research Centre, from Monday 18 November - Tuesday 19 November, 2019.

The New Horizons centre is the platform for global research and teaching collaboration. It houses the advanced information technology and research equipment necessary to forge greater linkages with industry and the broader research community, and creates new opportunities for industry, scientists, researchers and government. It accommodates a critical mass of academics, research fellows, researchers and PhD students needed to prosecute large-scale interdisciplinary research in the following themes:

  • design tomorrows materials for energy conversion, storage and systems sustainability
  • develop the next generation of computer aided virtual environments
  • manufacture materials and processes for advanced manufacturing
  • advance biomedical materials, devices and systems

The expertise within New Horizons is helping to answer the technological challenges facing industry in Australia and around the world.

Apply

We invite you to apply for Women’s Leadership Award to attend the Future Women Leaders Conference.

The Women's Leadership Award supports your conference attendance, the network dinner and 2 nights accommodation for interstate attendees.

Female postdocs and early career researchers from any university or institution who are interested in pursuing an academic career in engineering or IT career are encouraged to apply for this award.

Attendance to the Future Women Leaders Conference is restricted to award recipients only.

Application closes 30 September

Sponsors

The University of Melbourne
UNSW Sydney
Monash University

Contact

Joanne Hathway

Event Manager
Email: Joanne.Hathway@monash.edu
Phone: +61 3 990 58913


Application closes 30 September