The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-09-25T22:43:44Z IMC19 brings the future of science into focus 2018-09-25T22:43:44Z imc19-brings-the-future-of-science-into-focus-1 Critical discoveries and research that will help to transform health, science and industry are set to be the lasting legacy of the 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19), according to leaders of the scientific world. Held every four years, IMC19 saw more than 2,100 of the world’s top scientists and researchers from 48 countries come together at ICC Sydney to network, collaborate and discover the latest high-tech instrumentation and systems in microscopy and microanalysis. IMC19 also inspired the next generation of young scientists with its Schools Outreach Program, which welcomed 570 students from 19 schools. The program also featured a “Young Scientists Assembly” where 50 young scientists from around the world enjoyed the opportunity to discuss career planning with some of the most senior figures in the field. Professor Simon Ringer, Congress Chair, said the impact of IMC19 would be revealed over time from the global scientific community. “Innovations in microscopy enable us to extend our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. IMC19 brought together leaders in both the development and the application of microscopy in a huge range of disciplines,” he said. “These connections will ultimately lead to breakthroughs, as researchers take the insights from advanced microscopy to develop a treatment for cancer, a vaccine for a virus, or a new 3D printed metallurgical alloy that improves our atmosphere by being strong and light and thereby fuel and greenhouse gas efficient.” The week-long scientific program included presentations by four expert plenary speakers, two Nobel Laureates, 150 invited presenters as well as 26 pre-congress workshops and 463 oral talks, bridging the primary streams of Frontier Issues; Instrumentation and Techniques; Physical and Life Sciences. The pioneering IMC19 Outreach Learning Program welcomed high school students to experience the very latest light and electron microscope equipment and a chance to meet with researchers and specialists in microscopy. Mrs Diane Fairweather, Head of Science, Riverstone High School, said the program allowed students to access cutting-edge technology. “This was a great STEM initiative by IMC19 and an amazing experience for the students who came. We don’t have these microscopes at our school and without the IMC19 Outreach Program, most of our students wouldn’t be able to use this equipment,” said Fairweather. “Our students are engaged; they are learning directly from experts on things like using the lens to focus – it’s a real hands-on experience.” The Outreach Program offered students access to the latest equipment including, VR, four scanning electron microscopes, 20 life microscopes and 3D printing. Equipment and demonstrations were supported by Zeiss, Leica, AXT, Keepad Interactive, NewSpec, ATA, Coherent, UNSW Art and Design and Me3D. Citing recent examples of some of the life-changing advancements that have developed as a direct result of microscopy, Dr Alan Finkel, Australia’s Chief Scientist, inspired the audience at IMC19 and set the scene for a week of breakthroughs in his opening address. “An investment in this field (microscopy) is an investment in nanoparticles that target such things as a drug directly to malignant cells; 3D printed lattices that act like tiny factories for T-cells; vital in the new generation of cancer immunotherapies and more,” said Dr Finkel. “Without Microscopy, there is no modern science – end of story.” Professor Paul Munroe, Congress Co-Chair, said IMC19 had laid the foundations for great things. “We are excited to see where the collaborations from IMC19 take the industry, and what new technology and research will be showcased at the next congress in Korea in 2022,” he said. For more information on IMC19 visit: http://imc19.com. IMC19 brings the future of science into focus 2018-09-25T22:34:39Z imc19-brings-the-future-of-science-into-focus Critical discoveries and research that will help to transform health, science and industry are set to be the lasting legacy of the 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19), according to leaders of the scientific world. Held every four years, IMC19 saw more than 2,100 of the world’s top scientists and researchers from 48 countries come together at ICC Sydney to network, collaborate and discover the latest high-tech instrumentation and systems in microscopy and microanalysis. IMC19 also inspired the next generation of young scientists with its Schools Outreach Program, which welcomed 570 students from 19 schools. The program also featured a “Young Scientists Assembly” where 50 young scientists from around the world enjoyed the opportunity to discuss career planning with some of the most senior figures in the field. Professor Simon Ringer, Congress Chair, said the impact of IMC19 would be revealed over time from the global scientific community. “Innovations in microscopy enable us to extend our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. IMC19 brought together leaders in both the development and the application of microscopy in a huge range of disciplines” he said. “These connections will ultimately lead to breakthroughs, as researchers take the insights from advanced microscopy to develop a treatment for cancer, a vaccine for a virus, or a new 3D printed metallurgical alloy that improves our atmosphere by being strong and light and thereby fuel and greenhouse gas efficient.” The week-long scientific program included presentations by four expert plenary speakers, two Nobel Laureates, 150 invited presenters as well as 26 pre-congress workshops and 463 oral talks, bridging the primary streams of Frontier Issues; Instrumentation and Techniques; Physical and Life Sciences. The pioneering IMC19 Outreach Learning Program welcomed high school students to experience the very latest light and electron microscope equipment and a chance to meet with researchers and specialists in microscopy. Mrs Diane Fairweather, Head of Science, Riverstone Highschool, said the program allowed students to access cutting-edge technology. “This was a great STEM initiative by IMC19 and an amazing experience for the students who came. We don’t have these microscopes at our school and without the IMC19 Outreach Program, most of our students wouldn’t be able to use this equipment,” said Fairweather. “Our students are engaged; they are learning directly from experts on things like using the lens to focus – it’s a real hands-on experience.” The Outreach Program offered students access to the latest equipment including, VR, four scanning electron microscopes, 20 life microscopes and 3D printing. Equipment and demonstrations were supported by Zeiss, Leica, AXT, Keepad Interactive, NewSpec, ATA, Coherent, UNSW Art and Design and Me3D. Citing recent examples of some of the life-changing advancements that have developed as a direct result of microscopy, Dr Alan Finkel, Australia’s Chief Scientist, inspired the audience at IMC19 and set the scene for a week of breakthroughs in his opening address. “An investment in this field (microscopy) is an investment in nanoparticles that target such things as a drug directly to malignant cells; 3D printed lattices that act like tiny factories for T-cells; vital in the new generation of cancer immunotherapies and more,” said Dr Finkel. “Without Microscopy, there is no modern science – end of story.” Professor Paul Munroe, Congress Co-Chair, said IMC19 had laid the foundations for great things. “We are excited to see where the collaborations from IMC19 take the industry, and what new technology and research will be showcased at the next congress in Korea in 2022,” he said. For more information on IMC19 visit: http://imc19.com. Images: IMC19 Outreach Learning Program: Notes to editors: Interviews with Professor Simon Ringer, Congress Chair, IMC19 Interviews with Professor Paul Munroe, Congress Co-Chair, IMC 19 Media enquires contact Zadro Sinead Andrews | Account Coordinator | Zadro 02 9212 7867 | sinead@zadroagency.com.au Elizabeth Williams | Group Account Director | Zadro 02 9212 7867 | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au NOTE: About the 19th International Microscopy Congress, 9 – 14 September 2018 Held once every four years, the International Microscopy Congress (IMC) is the preeminent meeting for researchers, practitioners, decision makers, national microscopy societies, industry partners and stakeholders involved in microscopy sciences from all over the world. Now in its 19th year, IMC19 ‘Microscopy: Bridging the Sciences’ is the only platform to bring together international, national and local professionals to discover new opportunities, uncover findings, learn techniques, collaborate with peers, and network with global leaders in the field of microscopy. About the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (AMMS) The Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (AMMS) is Australia’s industry association for the promotion, co-operation and development of microscopy, microanalysis, and related techniques across a broad range of scientific disciplines. About the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy (IFSM) The International Federation of Societies for Microscopy (IFSM) comprises microscopy societies from all around the world to contribute to the advancement of microscopy in all its aspects. Microscope that gets to the heart of matter 2018-09-10T03:41:58Z microscope-that-gets-to-the-heart-of-matter Two Nobel Laureates and the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer will officially unveil a vital piece of scientific infrastructure at the University of Sydney at a special event. The Thermo Fisher Themis-Z transmission electron microscope (TEM) has the highest resolution of any microscope in Australia. Its addition to the University of Sydney will provide researchers with unparalleled access to the mysteries of the atomic structure of materials. The 4.5-metre tall microscope is housed in the purpose-built $150 million Sydney Nanoscience Hub in a room that is shielded from electromagnetic interferences and ‘floats’ architecturally independent from the building to minimise vibrations. The resolution of this analysis technique is breathtaking. The machine can obtain images with resolution better than 0.06 billionths of a metre (0.06 nanometres). That is about 10 times smaller than the distance between silicon atoms or five times smaller than the distance between carbon atoms in diamond. The microscope, which is available for industry as well, also has applications in geosciences, mining, chemical and mechanical engineering. The new NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte will unveil the device in his first week of his official functions alongside two Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, Prof. Dan Shechtman, The Technion, Israel and Professor Joachim Frank, Columbia University, USA, who are visiting Sydney for the 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19), which is jointly hosted by the University of Sydney and UNSW. Event details: What: Sydney Microscopy and Microanalysis launch event Aberration-corrected Transmission Electron Microscope Where: Research Foyer, Sydney Nanoscience Hub, Physics Road, University of Sydney When: Tuesday, 11 September 2018. 1.45pm for 2pm start. The 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19), 9-14 September, at ICC Sydney, will centre around the theme, Microscopy: Bridging the Sciences, promoting collaboration across the primary streams of Frontier Issues; Instrumentation and Techniques; Physical and Life Sciences. Complimentary media passes to the launch event are available; apply by sending your name, position and publication title to sinead@zadroagency.com.au. Complimentary media passes to IMC19 are also available; apply by sending your name, position and publication title to sinead@zadroagency.com.au. Image: The Thermo Fisher Themis-Z transmission electron microscope (TEM) How many scientists does it take to look through a microscope? 2018-09-06T02:03:09Z how-many-scientists-does-it-take-to-look-through-a-microscope More than 2,000 of the world’s top scientific brains will explore new findings, share research, and experience the latest state-of-the-art scientific microscopy equipment helping to reinvent and expand human knowledge, in Sydney next week. Field emission guns and new electron exploration systems are two of the many innovations and leading advancements in medical science that will be on show when the world’s largest microscopic community descends on Sydney for the 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19). The event, held every four years, starts on 9 September and will see presentations by world-renowned thought leaders and Nobel Laureates Professor Dan Shechtman and Professor Joachim Frank, from The Technion Israel, who won the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work as founder of the single-particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM). By bringing together experts working across a multitude of academic and industrial fields, IMC19 will showcase - and define - how clear, crisp microscopic magnification, helps advance life on Earth. The genesis of our future’s most significant discoveries including reproductive breakthroughs and a step towards a cure for cancer can be found at this world-famous science event and the multi-million-dollar equipment on display. Tek-Event, Sydney based manufacturer of equipment dedicated to the field of human and animal reproductive technologies (ART), will showcase its range of brand new technologies providing a safe environment for tissue observation. Dieter Regel, Sales Director, Tek-Event, commented on the increasing requirement to provide accurate temperature control as well as CO2 and humidity in the latest technologies advancing human IVF laboratories, animal research and veterinary ART facilities. “Researchers who have the requirement to view cells or tissue microscopically, are often challenged when their environment is not stable. TEK-Event are excited to showcase our latest Cell-Tek microscope chambers, which helps create a controlled environment for examination in many fields of research, including the handling of oocytes and embryos in ART,” said Regel. Thermo Fisher Scientific will offer attendees a chance to take part in live demonstrations with technical experts working in innovative software and automated microscopy products and showcase a wide range of microscopy solutions. Attendees can register for a learning lunch with ZEISS, to experience their innovative microscopy technologies and applications. Sessions will cover 3D electron microscopy; X-ray microscopy and analytical microscopy and guests can win a ZEISS VR One Plus virtual reality headset. Tek-Event, Thermo Fisher Scientific and ZEISS will be joined by over 60 other confirmed exhibitors at IMC19, including Jeol, Quorum Technologies, Tescan, Technoorg Linda Co Ltd, Delmic, Hitachi, Leica and Nano Technologies Solutions. Delegates will also enjoy a range of activities and a vibrant social program in conjunction with the congress, aimed to engage attendees and help spark new connections among the scientific community. The IMC19 Outreach Learning Program will host 21 schools across Australia, to offer students the chance to undertake four storyline-based challenges, featuring the latest light and microscopy equipment alongside leading researchers and instrument specialists. Microscopy Australia will present a unique exhibition during the congress, Stories & Structures - New Connections, bringing together microscopy and Indigenous art through visual and story-telling parallels. The exhibition will showcase 21 artworks and 24 micrographs, as well as feature live painting by Indigenous artist Kurun Warun in residence. The 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19), 9-14 September, at ICC Sydney, will centre around the theme, Microscopy: Bridging the Sciences, promoting collaboration across the primary streams of Frontier Issues; Instrumentation and Techniques; Physical and Life Sciences. Exposing “serial killers”, Quasi-Periodic Materials, and Sub-particles at IMC19 Sydney 2018-08-06T04:14:11Z exposing-serial-killers-quasi-periodic-materials-and-sub-particles-at-imc19-sydney Examining ‘serial killer’ cells and their behaviour will be at the centre of leading Australian Immunologist, Dr Misty Jenkins’, plenary talk - Understanding Serial Killers: Investigating the Function of Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes using Microscopy’ at IMC19 in Sydney next month. Approximately 1,600 Australians are diagnosed with brain cancer each year. Dr Misty Jenkins, NHMRC RD Wright Fellow and Laboratory Head at Walter Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, is seeking to change that, and will share how microscopy is directing her research into fighting brain cancer. Ahead of the IMC19 Congress, Dr Jenkins shares how her research is using imaging to understand how killer T-cells in the immune system could be modified to develop a cure for brain cancer. “T-cells are like the snipers of the immune system, they take out very specific targets and throw grenades at them to make them blow up. These cells are genetically designed to kill cancer cells, and we image this process to uncover new insights into the behaviour of these engineered killers,” said Dr Jenkins. With a series of accolades including the L’Oréal for Women in Science Fellowship (2013) and the Westpac/Australian Financial Review Top100 Women of Influence Award (2016), Ballarat-born Dr Jenkins is a testament to the high calibre of scientists that will be representing Australia at the Congress. It is such an exciting time for science, and this is our chance to show the world the great work we are doing on our own shores. But it is also a rare and unique opportunity to collaborate with, learn from and share the stage with renowned scientists from across the globe,” said Dr Jenkins. Dr Jenkins will be joined by the world’s most prominent plenary speakers including: Nobel Laureate Professor Dan Shechtman, from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, presenting on The Discovery of Quasi-Periodic Materials – The Role of TEM Associate Professor Jennifer Dionne, from Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford, USA, who recently featured on Oprah Winfrey’s list of “50 things that will make you say ‘Wow’!” with In Situ Visualisation of Photochemical Transformations at the Single and Sub-particle Level Professor Zhiwei Shan, from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, who has published over 70 prestigious papers and presented more than 130 invited talks discussing Mechanical Testing Laboratory Inside TEM The 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19), 9-14 September, at ICC Sydney, will centre around the theme, Microscopy: Bridging the Sciences, promoting collaboration across the primary streams of Frontier Issues; Instrumentation and Techniques; Physical and Life Sciences. To register and for more information: http://imc19.com Image: Dr. Misty Jenkins, Walter Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, Australia Professor Dan Shechtman, The Technion, Israel Assoc. Prof. Jennifer Dionne, Stanford, USA Prof. Zhiwei Shan, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China Bridging the Sciences at the 19th International Microscopy Congress 2018-06-03T23:56:20Z bridging-the-sciences-at-the-19th-international-microscopy-congress Sydney will host Nobel Laureates Professor Dan Shechtman, from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and Professor Joachim Frank, from Columbia University, USA together with global authorities at the world’s largest and most diverse gathering of microscopy and microanalysis professionals at the 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19), 9 – 14 September 2018, in Sydney. Hosted by the internationally renowned Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (AMMS) and the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy (IFSM), IMC19 will shine a light on Australia’s significant and exciting contribution to a collaborative, multidisciplinary industry that affects everyone’s lives - every single day. IMC19 will also welcome local and international visionaries, including Dr Misty Jenkins, Walter Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, Australia, Associate Professor Jennifer Dionne, Stanford University, USA, and Professor Zhiwei Shan, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. They, together with the world’s scientific leaders will debate and discuss the latest insights and approaches in policy, research and programs relevant to practitioners, providers, government and academia. Professor Simon Ringer, Congress Chair, IMC19 said it was an honour to be highlighting the work Australians are doing in microscopy to the world through this highly coveted event. “IMC19 has an impressive line-up of global thought leaders set to challenge and explore the latest technology and practices in microscopy. “However, this is Australia’s scientific community’s chance to shine and we believe our international peers will be pleasantly surprised by the amount and depth of advancements happening on our shores. “The exhibition floor will be awash with cutting-edge technology, imaging techniques and state-of-the-art products and services from around Australia and the globe, that are destined to transform our understanding of the world around us. “The Congress is the only one of its kind, crucial for bringing together the brightest scientific and technical minds to collaborate, cross-pollinate and bridge disciplines,” said Ringer. IMC19 is offering 50 young scientists an opportunity to attend an unmissable platform to network with experts in their field, the IFSM Young Scientists Assembly. Held on 9 September 2018 at the University of Sydney, they will meet, discuss and learn from academic and industry leaders. The 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19) will centre around the theme, Microscopy: Bridging the Sciences, promoting collaboration across the primary streams of Frontier Issues; Instrumentation and Techniques; Physical and Life Sciences. To register and for more information: http://imc19.com Australian Scientists Under the Microscope 2018-05-22T22:30:00Z australian-scientists-under-the-microscope Sydney will host Nobel Laureates Professor Dan Shechtman, from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and Professor Joachim Frank, from Columbia University, USA together with global authorities at the world’s largest and most diverse gathering of microscopy and microanalysis professionals at the 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19), 9 – 14 September 2018, in Sydney. Hosted by the internationally renowned Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (AMMS) and the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy (IFSM), IMC19 will shine a light on Australia’s significant and exciting contribution to a collaborative, multidisciplinary industry that affects everyone’s lives - every single day. IMC19 will also welcome local and international visionaries, including Dr Misty Jenkins, Walter Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, Australia, Associate Professor Jennifer Dionne, Stanford University, USA, and Professor Zhiwei Shan, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. They, together with the world’s scientific leaders will debate and discuss the latest insights and approaches in policy, research and programs relevant to practitioners, providers, government and academia. Professor Simon Ringer, Congress Chair, IMC19 said it was an honour to be highlighting the work Australians are doing in microscopy to the world through this highly coveted event. “IMC19 has an impressive line-up of global thought leaders set to challenge and explore the latest technology and practices in microscopy. “However, this is Australia’s scientific community’s chance to shine and we believe our international peers will be pleasantly surprised by the amount and depth of advancements happening on our shores. “The exhibition floor will be awash with cutting-edge technology, imaging techniques and state-of-the-art products and services from around Australia and the globe, that are destined to transform our understanding of the world around us. “The Congress is the only one of its kind, crucial for bringing together the brightest scientific and technical minds to collaborate, cross-pollinate and bridge disciplines,” said Ringer. IMC19 is offering 50 young scientists an opportunity to attend an unmissable platform to network with experts in their field, the IFSM Young Scientists Assembly. Held on 9 September 2018 at the University of Sydney, they will meet, discuss and learn from academic and industry leaders. The 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19) will centre around the theme, Microscopy: Bridging the Sciences, promoting collaboration across the primary streams of Frontier Issues; Instrumentation and Techniques; Physical and Life Sciences. To register and for more information: http://imc19.com 60th Annual Good Design Awards Unveils New Sustainably Designed Trophy 2018-03-08T23:03:38Z 60th-annual-good-design-awards-unveils-new-sustainably-designed-trophy Sydney, Australia: Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards today unveiled a new sustainably designed trophy designed by The Evolve Group, winners of the 2016 Good Design Award of the year for the FLOW Hive. The trophy will be presented to winners at the 60th annual Awards ceremony held on 17 May 2018 for the first time at Sydney Opera House. Top honours will be presented by special guest, Danish architect Jan Utzon, son of Jørn Utzon architect of the Sydney Opera House. Due to popular and last minute demand, the entry deadline for Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards has been extended to midnight on Monday 19 March 2018. Recognising the best of Australian and international design, the Awards have already attracted significant interest from Australia and overseas with innovative projects entered across 10 design disciplines. In celebration of the 60th year of Australia’s oldest and only international design awards, winners will be presented with a new sustainably designed and made Good Design Award winner’s trophy. The new trophy design uses a clever combination of discarded plastic harvested from the ocean and a plant-based bio resin that will be injection moulded into an elegant “Good Design Tick”. Commenting on the new trophy design, Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said, “Designers play a critical role in deciding what material to use and specify when designing and manufacturing products and in many cases, these materials can be harmful to our environment. Our oceans are currently being polluted with single-use plastic with recent studies predicting that by 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish.” “Designers and manufacturers have the choice to use recycled, renewable, bio-based materials that reduce the dependence on fossil fuel based products and materials that will never break down. By utilising sustainably designed materials, the new trophy embodies Good Design Australia’s mission to create a better, safer and more sustainable world, through design.” Dr. Gien went on to say. The 2018 Good Design Award winners will be decided by a jury of leading international design experts including the legendary Hartmut Esslinger, founder of global design firm frog design and one of the early pioneers of industrial design at Apple. Projects will be assessed on three overarching design criteria including: Good Design, Design Innovation and Design Impact. To mark the 60th Anniversary of the Awards, a number of new awards and initiatives have also been launched to promote the value and importance of design including the Better World Award, Good Design Team of the Year Award and an Indigenous Designer Award, created to recognise and celebrate the important contribution that Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers make to Australian design across the spectrum of design disciplines and practice. Alongside the Awards, and celebrating enduring quality design over the past 60 years, is an unprecedented three-day Good Design Showcase Exhibition at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay in Sydney from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May 2018. Forming part of Vivid Sydney, the world's biggest festival of light, music and ideas, this free to the public exhibition will bring together more than 300 award-winning and game-changing designs from 1958 to now. Entries for the 2018 Good Design Awards close at midnight, Monday 19 March 2018. Information on the awards is available and submissions are invited via Good Design Australia’s website: www.good-design.org - Ends - Notes to Editors: For further information, interviews and images please contact Rhiannon Broomfield at Articulate on 0410 596 021 or Rhiannon@articulatepr.com.au or Freya Lombardo at Articulate 0403 162 220 or Freya@articulatepr.com.au Press Pack including imagery can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8v7krirf5xeo9e7/AABbwSP4SXjHMRozAxzlexZoa?dl=0 Good Design Awards Key Dates: 19 March 2018 Entries Close – date extended 26–29 March 2018 Judging Week 12 April 2018 Good Design Award Winners Announced 17 May 2018 Good Design Awards Ceremony, Sydney Opera House 25 to 27 May 2018 Good Design Showcase, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney About Good Design Australia and the Good Design Awards The annual Good Design Awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. It is recognised by the World Design Organization (WDO) as Australia’s peak international design endorsement program. The Good Design Award accolade, more commonly known as the Good Design Tick, is among the most respected and recognised international design endorsement symbols in the industry. Good Design Australia is an international design promotion organisation responsible for managing Australia’s annual Good Design Awards and other signature design events. With a proud history that dates back to 1958, Good Design Australia remains committed to promoting the importance of design to business, industry, government and the general public and the critical role it plays in creating a better, safer and more prosperous world. www.good-design.org Good Design Awards Unveils Renowned International Design Experts for 2018 Jury 2018-02-22T00:56:45Z good-design-awards-unveils-renowned-international-design-experts-for-2018-jury Sydney, Australia: Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards today unveiled the jury of renowned international and Australian design experts who will decide the winners of the 60th annual Awards to be held on 17 May 2018 at Sydney Opera House. The Awards, Australia’s oldest and only international design awards will showcase the best of Australian and international design. The deadline to enter the Awards is midnight on Friday, 9 March 2018. For the first time ever, the Good Design Awards will be presented at the Sydney Opera House, making this the biggest and most celebrated design event in Australian history. Danish architect Jan Utzon, son of Jørn Utzon who designed the Sydney Opera House will be among special guest presenters at the Awards Ceremony in May. Previous winners of the Good Design Award of the Year include Australian designer Marc Newson for his Economy Class Seat for Qantas (2009); Hollywood Director, James Cameron for the Deepsea Challenger Submarine (2012); the revolutionary Tesla Model S Sedan (2015) and Flow Hive, a game-changing beehive design that produces honey with the turn of a handle (2016). The 2018 Good Design Awards Jury comprises leading international design experts including the legendary Hartmut Esslinger, Founder of global design firm frog design and one of the early pioneers of industrial design at Apple. Esslinger was one of the first industrial designers to work with Apple and Steve Jobs in the early 1990s. Esslinger joins an impressive list of design, engineering and architecture experts representing Atlassian, KPMG, Motorola, Australian Financial Review, Aurecon, Pentagram Design and HASSELL, and other industry leaders, who will spend several days evaluating and debating all entries based on three overarching design criteria including: Good Design, Design Innovation and Design Impact before deciding the winners of the 2018 Good Design Awards. The Good Design Awards 2018 jury list includes: Dr. Hartmut Esslinger, Founder, frog design Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle Manning, Co-Founders, Manning Cartell Stefanie Kubanek, Associate Partner, Pentagram Design, Professor Margaret Petty, Executive Director Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Technology, Sydney Dr. Kourosh Kayvani, Managing Director, Design, Innovation and Eminence, Aurecon Stephen Todd, Design Editor, Australian Financial Review Sally Dominguez, Innovation Catalyst, Adventurous Thinking Group Vince Frost, CEO and Executive Creative Director, Frost* Collective Steve Coster, Managing Director, HASSELL Sally Hill, Managing Director, Wildwon Stephanie Pemberton, Associate Director, Design Thinking, KPMG Australia Bruce Claxton, Professor, Design Management, Savannah College Of Art And Design & former Head of Design, Motorola Georgina Safe, Fashion Writer & Editor Kim Hansen, CEO, Impossible Kasia Wydrowski, Creative Director, K&Co Jo Pretyman, Founder, I-Manifest Dr. Oya Demirbilek, Associate Professor, Industrial Design, UNSW Chris Vanstone, Chief Innovation Officer, The Australian Centre For Social Innovation (TACSI) Terri Winter, Founder and Curator, Top3 By Design Paul Beranger, Automotive Designer Cathy Veninga, CEO, The Designers Institute Of New Zealand Dr. Steve Winnall, Product Development Manager, Baraja Lindy Johnson, Founder & CEO, Lindy Johnson Ian Muir, Managing Director, IDM Design Labs Timothy Horton, Registrar, NSW Architects Registration Board Luciano Papi, Managing Director, Lu Papi And Associates Tim Riches, Group Strategy Director, Principals Lester Miller, Principal And Head Of Mechanical Engineering, IP Solved Ben Crothers, Design Educator, Atlassian Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO, Good Design Australia said, “In our 60th year, the Good Design Awards are privileged to have a remarkable jury of thought-leaders, industry heavyweights and pioneers who are all exceptional in their respective fields. The Jury will be tasked with debating what makes ‘good design’ and which projects will go on to receive the coveted Good Design Award, Good Design Award Best in Class and the prestigious Good Design Award of the Year for 2018.” The Jury will be tasked with debating what makes ‘good design’ and which projects will go on to receive the coveted Good Design Award, Good Design Award Best in Class and the prestigious Good Design Award of the Year for 2018.” pioneers who are all exceptional in their respective fields “2018 is a very important year for Australian design. It marks how far Australia as a nation and a society has come since post-war 1958 when the Industrial Design Council was first created.” “Good Design Australia is launching a number of exciting initiatives to help position design and design-led innovation on the national agenda. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to promote the importance of design in driving better outcomes for the future prosperity of our world.” The Good Design Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of designers across 10 Design Disciplines spanning more than 30 Categories: from the best new products and services on the Australian market; excellence in architectural design; digital and communication design and emerging areas of design including business model innovation, social innovation and design entrepreneurship. As part of the 60th Anniversary year, a number of new awards and initiatives have been launched including new categories for Fashion Design and Engineering Design and new accolades to celebrate the expanding role of design in helping shape a better, safer and more prosperous world. These include the Better World Award, Good Design Team of the Year Award and an Indigenous Designer Award, created to recognise and celebrate the important contribution that Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers make to Australian design across the spectrum of design disciplines and practice. The annual Good Design Awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. It isrecognised by the World Design Organization (WDO) as Australia’s peak international design endorsement program. The Good Design Award accolade, more commonly known as the Good Design Tick, is among the most respected and recognised international design endorsement symbols in the industry. Alongside the Awards, and celebrating enduring quality design over the past 60 years, is an unprecedented three-day Good Design Showcase Exhibition at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay in Sydney from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May 2018. Forming part of Vivid Sydney, the world's biggest festival of light, music and ideas, this free to the public exhibition will bring together more than 300 award-winning and game-changing designs from 1958 to now. Entries for the 2018 Good Design Awards close at midnight, Friday 9 March 2018. Information on the awards is available and submissions are invited via Good Design Australia’s website: www.good-design.org - Ends - Notes to Editors: For further information, interviews and images please contact Rhiannon Broomfield at Articulate on 0410 596 021 or Rhiannon@articulatepr.com.au or Freya Lombardo at Articulate 0403 162 220 or Freya@articulatepr.com.au Press Pack including imagery can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j3r2tnmlzklxmak/AAARpv6RX0iPffxoEtYEclXSa?dl=0 Jury Biographies can be found on Good Design Australia’s website: https://www.good-design.org/good-design-awards/judges/ Good Design Awards Key Dates: 9 March 2018 Entries Close 26–29 March 2018 Judging Week 12 April 2018 Good Design Award Winners Announced 17 May 2018 Good Design Awards Ceremony, Sydney Opera House 25 to 27 May 2018 Good Design Showcase, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney About Good Design Australia and the Good Design Awards Good Design Australia is an international design promotionorganisation responsible for managing Australia’s annual Good Design Awards and other signature design events. With a proud history that dates back to 1958, Good Design Australia remains committed to promoting the importance of design to business, industry, government and the general public and the critical role it plays in creating a better, safer and more prosperous world. www.good-design.org doctoroo® prepares to ease the pain of accessing codeine-medications 2018-01-30T00:11:19Z doctoroo-r-prepares-to-ease-the-pain-of-accessing-codeine-medications To ease the pain, unfamiliarity and inconvenience of travelling to a GP for a codeine script, the Australian doctoroo® team is currently preparing an app that allows you to conveniently see your own or the first available GP on any device, anytime, anywhere in Australia. What began as a simple telehealth solution to connect GP’s with busy, rural or immobile Aussies, has evolved over the past two years and will enable you to enter your pain symptoms and prescription requirements (including codeine) before a consultation, so the doctor can assess this before they have the video consultation with you. The app actually aligns with the goals of the TGA and RACGP by allowing doctors to diagnose patients and offer the best pain management for their situation. GP’s may suggest codeine or an alternative pain management strategy - which helps to curb codeine addiction and misuse. doctoroo® founder, Christian Nehme, a medical scientist and previous pharmacy assistant, has seen too often the experience of patients with pain medication and the inconvenience travelling to a GP can sometimes be. “Seeing the frustration of patients, especially with the recent rescheduling of codeine, truly drives us to deliver a solution that makes pain that much less uncomfortable to deal with” said Mr Nehme. As opposed to other online doctor services, doctoroo® enables you, and actually encourages you to invite and see your own GP on the online platform. This means that you can book a consultation with your own GP wherever you are, and get an opinion from a doctor that knows you and that you trust. This again aligns with the goal of the RACGP, which encourages patient-doctor relationships. "It certainly would be very reasonable to have a longer-term relationship with your doctor and see them on a regular basis, to review your medication needs and make sure you are otherwise well," said Dr Bastian Seidel, president of the RACGP. Regulation such as this requires time for the public to adjust to. This service makes it genuinely convenient for those who walk into a pharmacy and are not aware or forget about the requirement of a prescription for their codeine or other medication. From within the pharmacy, or in a nearby private space, the patient can see a GP and obtain the required script, without needing to waste time travelling to a GP or even potentially avoiding this altogether and not obtaining the required health care. The app is estimated to have waiting times of just 10-20 minutes during the day. In comparison, patients can wait hours to access a nearby GP and months to access a specialist pain program in clinics. You’ll also be able to obtain medical certificates, referral letters and second opinions for most health issues. The service will be a privately-billed service, with consultations starting from as little as $15 for a few minutes, and is based on each GP’s minutely rate. With over 1,000 patients already signed up to the prelaunch, the doctoroo® team is aiming to make the app publicly available in the coming months. Women Entrepreneur Closing Regional and STEM Gender Gaps 2017-11-14T00:49:44Z women-entrepreneur-closing-regional-and-stem-gender-gaps Household names such as Booktopia, Carmens Fine Foods and Cellarmasters started as AFR Fast 100 companies. Now a Dubbo entrepreneur closing regional and gender gaps has earned her place on the list, as one of the country’s fastest growing businesses. Meet Juliet Duffy of Regional Enviroscience. Nine years ago Juliet Duffy started this business from a garage in a rental property in Dubbo, NSW. Now, with offices in Dubbo, Wagga and Tamworth and recently in Maroochydore, Queensland, her business employs over 25 people, including 17 professional staff. Regional EnviroScience is an Occupational and Environmental Hygiene consultancy with specialties in asbestos, pollution incidents, meth lab clean-ups, contaminated sites and air, & water monitoring. EnviroScience protects the health of people and the environment through detecting and monitoring a range of contaminants in the air, water, soil and materials working with a range of public and private clients including state & federal departments and tier one civil, manufacturing and mining companies. ‘Being regionally-based,’ says Juliet Duffy, ’we understand the uniqueness of our natural environment, infrastructure and communities. Living in the towns where we work, our team has the connections and support to get the job done quickly and efficiently, and recognition of our innovative approach to meeting legislative and safety requirements has amplified our growth’. The company also specialises in naturally occurring asbestos which is prevalent in regional NSW, detecting and testing samples at their Dubbo-based NATA accredited laboratory. Typically a male dominated industry, the EnviroScience team includes two young women who are both science qualified and Licenced Asbestos Assessors, mentored by Juliet. ‘Being a woman in STEM is not without its challenges – especially with perceptions, however it has never really been a problem with on-site work’ says Juliet, ‘all of our team, contractors and clients support each other in day to day operations. It has been easy and thoroughly enjoyable to grow the business to where it is today, and without their support we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this extraordinary growth. I thank them all.’ The growth over the last four years can also be attested to Juliet’s sheer tenacity. A recent breast cancer survivor, Juliet knows how to put up a good fight and is a champion for regional businesses and the untapped expertise in regional areas. ‘Often the education and experience that lies within the regions is overlooked by decision makers in capital cities, adding great expense and additional resource use to manage projects.’ ‘I hope EnviroScience’s national recognition can contribute to breaking down some of the false perceptions that being a bush-based organisation is some sort of barrier to talent.’ Says Juliet. For the future Juliet is keen to develop new products, technologies and staff that will help keep people safe from environmental hazards, both in Australia and internationally. ‘Every day new hazards are being identified, and we strive to be on top of the impacts they can have on the communities where we live and work’. 2017 WHITE PEARL BALL CONTINUES QUEST TO SUPPORT UNDER-FUNDED BRAIN CANCER RESEARCH 2017-10-05T22:21:02Z 2017-white-pearl-ball-continues-quest-to-support-under-funded-brain-cancer-research Sydney, Australia, 6 October 2017: Sydney Neuro-Oncology Group (SNOG) today announced that BANK OF SYDNEY is joining THE WHITE PEARL BALL 2017 as its newest and biggest corporate partner. As part of the Bank’s wider commitment to support the community and charitable organisations, Bank of Sydney will have a significant presence at the Ball and is expected to provide SNOG with significant exposure across its many branches around the State and in ongoing communications with its customers. Having announced that the WHITE PEARL BALL 2017 will take place on November 11th at the Westin Sydney, SNOG will continue its important work in support of brain cancer research. Now in its 3rd year, the event raised $153,000 last year alone through the generous support of guests, donors and sponsors that attended the event. Donations collected at the Ball will fund a new brain cancer research position within SNOG. Established in 2000 by eminent neuro-surgeons, Dr Raymond Cook and Dr Michael Biggs, who were soon after joined by medical oncologist Associate Professor Helen Wheeler, SNOG’s research program is located at the Bill Walsh Cancer laboratory in the Kolling Institute of Medical Research on Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital campus. Dr. Cook, Dr. Biggs and Associate Professor Wheeler to this day remain on the Board, directing 100% of donations received to SNOG’s 3 Pillars - Research, Education and Patient Support. Notable contributions have also been made by Assoc. Professor Michael Back, Assoc. Professor Mustafa Khasraw, the recently appointed Dr. Jonathon Parkinson and Board members outside of the medical team. Established by Suzane Peponis-Brisimis in 2015 following the loss of her mother to a brain tumour, The White Pearl Ball has quickly become a much-anticipated event on the Sydney social calendar. “The White Pearl Ball is held in honour of all who have succumbed to brain cancer, those who are currently struggling and all their loved ones. The Ball honours the enormous contribution made by those in the medical profession who treat these patients and support their families and to the researchers who devote their lives to finding solutions,” said Suzane Peponis-Brisimis, Director of SNOG and the White Pearl Fundraiser. In addition to major prize sponsorships, the broader exposure created through the annual charity fundraiser has also seen sponsors such as Alcatel Mobile broadening their involvement with the organisation to include taking up a $35,000 PhD Scholarship, funding promising research by SNOG PhD student Angela Cho. As the leading cause of cancer death in people under 39 years and accounting for more than a third of cancer deaths in children under the age of 10, brain cancer is one of the most under-studied of all cancers. The reality is that brain cancer receives less than 5% of government funds allocated to cancer research funding. “It is truly heart-warming to witness the overwhelming support we receive from our partners and supporters each year, through sponsorships, contributions and donations. Our sincere thanks to all. We are particularly excited about partnering with Bank of Sydney for this Ball and look forward to working closely with the Bank of Sydney team. We also thank Sam Skontos and Alcatel Mobile for the significant donation made at the 2016 Ball and for the ongoing support, as a major prize donor, of the upcoming 2017 Ball.” With the newly signed partnership agreement with SNOG now official, Mr. Michaelas, CEO at Bank of Sydney, was full of praise for SNOG and the important role that it plays. “We would like to congratulate Suzane and her team for all the hard work they put into SNOG. They have inspired Bank of Sydney to get involved, and we want to encourage the community and our customers to support this effort for the well-being of patients whose lives are affected by brain cancer and their families. We are proud of this partnership and we hope that we will help attract more funds and raise awareness for SNOG” said Mr. Michaelas, CEO of Bank of Sydney. The White Pearl Ball will be held at Westin Sydney on November 11th. For tickets, donations, or if you require any further information, please contact Suzane on 0418 238 723 or email her at suzane@wpfundraiser.com.au. About the Sydney Neuro-Oncology Group: The Sydney Neuro-Oncology Group (SNOG) is a charitable organisation that aims to improve the management of brain tumours through targeted research, information sharing, constant scrutiny of treatment options and through education and ongoing support for patients and their families. For more information, go to www.snog.org.au About Bank of Sydney: Bank of Sydney has been operating in Australia under a full Banking Licence since April 2001. With branches in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, we work closely and personally with our customers to understand and exceed their individual needs, which fulfils our vision to become Australia's only true relationship Bank. Bank of Sydney has a remarkable record of investing in and engaging with the broader community as part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives. For further information go to https://www.banksyd.com.au/ Breaking News - ASX Listed G Medical Signs Binding MOU for US $67.5M for China Distribution 2017-07-27T00:24:14Z breaking-news-asx-listed-g-medical-signs-binding-mou-for-us-67-5m-for-china-distribution ASX Announcement 27 July 2017 G MEDICAL SIGNS BINDING MOU FOR CHINA DISTRIBUTION VALUED AT US$67.5M •Binding MOU signed with Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co. Ltd. •Agreed terms include call centre cooperation and a minimum purchase order of Smartphone Prizmaunits within the first year. •Medical and ancillary support via Nurse and Physician staffed call centres and ‘Cloud’ services. Mobile health and e-health company G Medical Innovations Holdings Ltd (“G Medical” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has executed a Binding Memorandum of Understanding (“Agreement”) between its subsidiary G Medical Innovations Asia Limited and Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co. Ltd. (“Boletong”), for the distribution of G Medical’s products and for call centre and ‘Cloud’ services in the People’s Republic of China. G Medical Smartphone Prizma Purchase Order Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong has agreed to purchase a minimum quantity of units within the 1st Year of the G Medical Smartphone Prizma, and to provide associated support services for a minimum period of 60 months. Boletong will pay a pre-determined price for each unit, with the value of the agreement based on the minimum commitments being no less than US$67,500,000. The obligation to acquire the units commences on the granting of the CFDA certification to G Medical, which is currently in process. Support Services 1) Medical Services: Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong and G Medical will set up a medical call centreproviding support services from 50-60 Nurses and 3-5 General Practising Physicians. Boletong will be responsible for the recruitment of the Nurses and General Practising Physicians, andthe establishment of the call centre. 2) ‘Cloud’ Subscription and Support Services: Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong and/or G Medical will provide; a) Automated Cloud algorithm interpretation services, for biomedical signals 20170727_GMV - Binding MOU for China Distribution Page 2 of 3 b )Level 1 services including, Live and/or automated end-user technical support c) Level 2 services including, hardware (device) support, replacement/repairs Marketing and advertising G Medical agreed to contribute an immaterial portion of the per unit price as marketing and investment for Boletong's promotion of the products and services in China, with such payments to be set-off against payment of the purchase orders by Boletong. Non-competition Boletong and its associations are subject to non-competition restraints for the period of the Agreement, and ending five years after its termination (unless G Medical is found by a Court to have breached the Agreement). These non-competition restraints extend to competing with the products or services of G Medical. G Medical CEO Dr. Yacov Geva, commented: “I am extremely pleased to announce yet another significant relationship for G Medical within the ever-growing and lucrative Chinese territory. To have further increased our purchase commitment for our G Medical Smartphone Prizma devices, over and above our existing agreements, is an exceptional outcome with a key partner in Boletong. This adds further to our robust, multi-year revenue stream for the Company, particularly within the first year of a CFDA approval being granted”. “I have met with the executives of Boletong, and whilst in China have visited their facilities and operations. Boletong operates in 16+ provinces and works with the National Public Health care system and acts as a distributor of medical services for the government. Boletong is currently working with several large healthcare organisations such as Wanda, a medical company which is positioned in the top three in their area, and along with telecom carriers such as China Telecom. Boletong is also supported through investment from a large and reputable group in Beijing. Our team, has invested more than 3 months in bringing this MOU to fruition, during which time we were able to satisfy ourselves as to Boletong's strong financial position, their key government partnerships in place, and the ability to deliver all aspects under our agreement.” “This relationship is a significant strategic partnership, allowing the roll out the Company’s medical and ancillary support services within the Chinese territory, for both our professional call centre and Cloud based systems”. Ends Corporate Advisors Otsana Capital 108 Outram Street West Perth WA 6005 Telephone: +61 8 9486 7244 www.otsana.com About Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co., Ltd Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co., Ltd. (Boletong) is a hi-tech medical and healthcare company invested by Beijing Honghui Group which has businesses in medicine, investment, drug store automation system and new energy areas, based in China. Boletong focuses on the production and sales of medical devices, membership healthcare management systems and R&D and applications for the National Basic Public Healthcare Project Solution. Boletong is currently one of the top 16 service providers for the national public healthcare system. Boletong is located in Jinan Hi-tech Technology Development Area, Shandong province. Boletong’s website is www.sdboletong.com About G Medical Innovations G Medical (ASX:GMV) was founded in August 2014, aiming to be at the forefront of the digital health revolution, developing the next generation of mobile health (mHealth) technologies. The Company brings forth the experience and expertise of its Board to deliver best-in-class solutions to address this global opportunity. The Company specialises in innovative next generation mobile and e-health solutions and services using its suite of devices and software solutions with a view to driving multiple and recurring revenue streams, across numerous verticals and territories. For more information on G Medical, please visit www.gmedinnovations.com Beware of headlines promising lower electricity prices 2017-06-15T02:11:41Z beware-of-headlines-promising-lower-electricity-prices-1 Since the Finkel review was released late last week, there have been headlines stating that electricity prices would fall if the recommendations of the review were adopted.   Here’s a warning: These headlines are misleading.   While I am not in disagreement with the review or the recommendations put forward, what I take issue with is how they are falsely being framed and fed into mainstream media.   Based on my extensive knowledge of the electricity industry, a more accurate headline should be:  “Despite Finkel’s recommendations, prices will still rise for most”.   The review actually states that relative to ‘Business as Usual’ (the ongoing and unchanging state of the energy market operating within the present policy vacuum), wholesale electricity prices can somewhat improve from a forecasted ‘worst case scenario’, provided Finkel’s recommendations are adopted.   But here’s the catch: prices for most will not be lower than what we’ve seen to date. Because despite Finkel’s recommended solutions, we’re continuing to operate within the existing policy vacuum, which is pushing prices up.   Additionally, many businesses and residential users have not yet felt the full impact of the increases we have had over the last 12-18 months in the wholesale market. These increases will filter through over the next year or so as larger businesses re-contract and as retailers adjust their pricing for their other customers.   Some of this we are already starting to see with retailers announcing significant increases in pricing for residential users and small businesses from 1 July 2017. Ouch.   In short, for most us, prices are likely to go up before we experience any relief produced from Dr Finkel’s recommendations. ends * Rod Boyte is the founder and a director of Smart Power Ltd. Rod is an independent energy management solutions specialist who has helped hundreds of organisations across Australia and New Zealand rethink the way they purchase and manage energy to achieve greater levels of sustainability and operational excellence. Rod has been a member of the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ) since 1995 and served on the EMANZ board from 1998 to 2002 (Vice Chairman in 2002). Over the past six years Rod has represented consumers at all levels by sitting on various groups including the Frequency Standard Working Group, Policy Procurement Working Group and the Metering and Reconciliation Working Group.  Rod is a frequent guest speaker at key industry conferences and events providing insights and predictions into current and future issues. His most recent engagement was in May at Vic Water's 2017 Future State of Electricity conference. With 25 years in the energy management field, Rod Boyte is deemed to be one of the most experienced energy management executives in Australia. www.smartpowerenergy.com.auMedia enquiries: Rod Boyte can be contacted on 0420 266 866. Wendy McWilliams, WMC Public Relations, T: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 664 E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au Noel Pearson to address Institute of Foresters National Conference 2017 2017-03-06T21:47:09Z noel-pearson-to-address-institute-of-foresters-national-conference-2017 Noel Pearson, Director of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, has been named as a Keynote speaker for the 2017 Institute of Foresters conference about tropical forestry to be held in Cairns from 14-17 August. Noel is Director of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, an organisation promoting the economic and social development of Cape York in far north Queensland. Dr Kevin Harding, Chair of the Conference Organising Committee said, ‘An engaging and thought-provoking speaker, Noel is sure to leave conference-goers wanting more - and more will be provided. ‘Noel will be joined by Professor Sandra Harding, Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook University Australia. ‘An economic sociologist by training, Professor Harding has a keen interest in the global Tropics, northern Australia and economic development. ‘There are few countries in our region that have not been influenced by forestry leaders trained in Australia. ‘The conference location brings focus on Northern Australian Development, particularly the role that forestry should play in development initiatives that are canvassed in the 2015 Northern Australia White Paper’, said Kevin. -Ends-   Media contact: Dr. Kevin Harding 0410471957 Supporting Notes: More details are available from the Conference website at www.ifa.consec.com.au Key Dates:Last date for abstract submissions - 31 March 2017 Online Registration Open - April 2017 Conference - 14-17 August 2017