A symposium in Canberra tomorrow will be told that research and innovation are critical if Australia is to meet its clean energy targets.
The Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) at the University of Newcastle is presenting Inventing Australia’s Energy Future: Challenges and Solutions at the Shine Dome in Canberra.
The Symposium will be opened by the Honourable Greg Combet, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Minister for Industry and Innovation and Federal Member for Charlton.
NIER Director Dr Alan Broadfoot said international collaboration was essential for Australia to tackle the challenges it faced in energy and resources.
“Over the next two decades we will see significant changes in the resources we use and the way we use them,” he said.
“The intense and escalating conversations about resources and energy are sharpened by the tension between resource sustainability, meeting our climate change objectives and economic growth.
“To address these challenges, we need to stay focused on the need for research and invention. Without them, we will not reach our clean energy targets and produce technological transformation.”
The Symposium will feature NIER’s global energy research leaders sharing how their research can address the energy and resource challenges, and a panel discussion from highly respected government, industry and research representatives.
Mr Combet said innovation was a central element of the Gillard Government’s plan for a Clean Energy Future and would help make Australia’s economy more productive and competitive.
“The transition to a low carbon economy requires innovative solutions and I am pleased that NIER, in collaboration with the University of Newcastle, is at the forefront of this research,” he said.
“The work being carried out will create economic benefits both for the Hunter region and nationally through the commercialisation of research outcomes.
The Government is also encouraging these outcomes by boosting funding for targeted early-stage investment in renewable energy, clean energy and other low-pollution technologies.”
The medal is awarded by the Australian Academy of Science and recognises research that contributes to the prosperity of the nation, through the advancement of scientific knowledge and its application.
Professor Galvin invented the Reflux Classifier, an industrial machine that will save the global mining and minerals processing industry billions of dollars by separating fine particles on the basis of either density or size.
The Classifier is already being used in seven countries.
The Symposium will be held from midday until 5pm at the Shine Dome, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra.
The Ian Wark Medal will be presented at a separate private event at the Australian National University on Tuesday evening.
For interviews: Dr Alan Broadfoot on 0439 136 510.