OFFICIAL WELCOME:
Mr Duncan Pegg MP, State Member for Stretton

Duncan is the State Member for Stretton. His electorate includes the suburbs of Calamvale, Stretton, Drewvale, Kuraby, Runcorn, and Sunnybank Hills. Duncan is proud to represent the multicultural seat of Stretton and has spoken many times in the Legislative Assembly about the way the community in Stretton embrace diversity.

Duncan has lived in the local area for over 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from Griffith University and a Masters of Laws from QUT. He has studied Mandarin at the Institute of Modern Languages at the University of Queensland. He is a member of the Pinelands Lions Club, Kyabra Community Association and is an Honorary Advisor to World Arts and Multi-Culture Inc.

In 2017, Duncan was recognised for his community work when he was awarded the QLD Public Service Award from the Queensland Intercultural Society.

Prior to being elected to State Parliament, Duncan worked as a lawyer with a particular focus on employment and insurance law.

Within Parliament Duncan is the Chair of the Innovation, Tourism Development and Environment Committee, with responsibility for Tourism and Innovation Industry Development, the Commonwealth Games, the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Sciences and the Arts.

 

Tony Roberts, Deputy Director-General for Environmental Policy and Planning – Department of Environment and Science, Queensland

 

Tony is responsible for the development and review of policy and legislation to support the Queensland Government’s environment and heritage agenda. Tony leads the department’s environmental legislation and policy priorities in relation to: climate change; water quality; the Great Barrier Reef; waste management; delivery of the Container Refund Scheme and ban on lightweight plastic bags; sustainable planning and development; coastal management; built heritage; air and chemicals; environmental protection and State of the Environment reporting. Tony also leads the Office of the Great Barrier Reef, which is responsible for coordinating the implementation of Great Barrier Reef programs and investment across the Queensland Government. Tony supports the Minister and Director-General in representing Queensland’s environment and science interests at the national level.

 

Prof Chengrong Chen, Griffith University

Dr Chengrong Chen is a Professor in Environmental Biogeochemistry, School of Environment and Science, Griffith University. In the past 25 years, Prof Chen’s research areas include: biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients in terrestrial ecosystems and the interface of land and water, soil-plant root-microbe interaction, mine rehabilitation, restoration of degraded ecosystems and agricultural disposal of recycled organics and biochar application and fertilization. In particular, Prof Chen has been studying soil N and P availability and dynamics, soil microbial process, diversity and function, soil health, using 33P, 15N and 13C isotopic techniques, molecular biology and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.

 

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Dr Danielle Toáse –
Principal Environmental Scientist, Environmental Restoration, ARCADIS

Dr Danielle Toáse is a Principal Environmental Scientist at Arcadis Australia Pacific and has experience in research, regulation, remediation contracting, technical advising and environmental consulting.

Danielle has a PhD in environmental geochemistry and has worked on a range of complex, high-profile contaminated sites across Australia and in Antarctica. Danielle’s professional interests surround the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites, and the development of new or adaptation of existing remediation technologies.

Danielle has authored more than 10 peer-reviewed publications on environmental remediation, holds an Honorary Research position at Macquarie University and is currently a member of the Sydney ALGA branch committee.

 

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Michael Burke – Director – Biofutures, Dept of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDMIP)

Michael Burke is the Director of DSDMIP’s Biofutures Sectoral Team where he is responsible for delivering the $20 million Queensland Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan and the successful deployment of its programs. These include the $5 million Biofutures Industry Development Fund; the $4 million Biofutures Acceleration Program; and the $4 million Biofutures Commercialisation Program.

He is also overseeing the implementation of two new resource recovery funding programs aimed at diverting and reprocessing waste in Queensland: the $100 million Resource Recovery Industry Development Program and the $5 million Waste to Biofutures Fund

Michael has previously held senior policy and industry development roles within the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for the intensive animal and broad acre cropping industries. His background is in aquatic animal husbandry where he spent 15 years in a research capacity at the Bribie Island Aquaculture Research Centre. Michael has a Master of Aquaculture and post-graduate degree in aquatic animal health.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER:
Dr Simon Tsang, Associate Director – Arup (Hong Kong)

Dr. Simon Tsang is a Chartered Chemical Engineer, an Associate Director at Arup and has over 20 years’ experience specialising in a wide range of water and solids waste process engineering and pollution control on master-planning, design and management.  He holds a BEng degree in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Protection from Loughborough University of UK and PhD degree in Environmental Process Engineering from Glasgow University of UK.

Dr. Tsang expertise is in waste treatment and resources recovery; municipal and industrial water/ wastewater treatment and reuse; renewable energy; air pollution control; risk management and innovated technologies etc.

Dr Tsang is the project leader of a number of high profile projects including the O-PARK1 – the first organic waste treatment facility in Hong Kong; Food Waste/Sewage Sludge Anaerobic Co-digestion  Trial Scheme –the first full scale pilot trial plant to confirm the technical feasible and requirements for specific types of food waste and sewage sludge; WEEE-PARK – the first state-of-the-art Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) treatment and recycling facility in Hong Kong;; HATS 2A –one of the biggest sewage treatment scheme of its kind worldwide upgrading from 1500MLD to 2450MLD to improve water quality of Victoria Harbour Hong Kong; La Mesa Water Treatment Plant 1 – the largest water purification plant in Philippines with 1500MLD capacity to serve approximately 6 million persons in metro Manila.

 

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Dr Lukas Van Zwieten – Senior Principal Research Scientist, Soils Unit, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Lukas Van Zwieten received a PhD from the University of Sydney in 1995. He is a senior principal research scientist with NSW Department of Primary Industries based at Wollongbar, and is an Adjunct Professor at both Southern Cross University (South Cross Plant Science) and Griffith University (Australian Rivers Institute). Lukas is a Program Leader for the Soils CRC. His research focuses on soil processes including C and N cycling, and how these relate to greenhouse gas emissions, contaminants in the soil environment, and unravelling microbial and chemical processes in the rhizosphere. He is a 2018 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher with over 110 journal papers and 9000 cites. He received the 2016 NSW Premiers Award “Public Sector Science and Engineering” and is a Churchill Fellow. He is a member of Soil Science Australia.

 

 

DINNER MC:
Prof Rebecca Ford – Dean (Research) for the Sciences Group, Griffith University 

Professor Rebecca Ford gained her BSc at Griffith University and her PhD at The University of Melbourne where she went on to work her way up through the academic ranks.  Rebecca is currently Dean (Research) for the Sciences Group at Griffith University where she also leads an engaged research team within the Food Futures Platform of the Environmental Futures Research Institute.  Rebecca has won >$15M in funding through national competitive and industry grants in which she has collaborated with >30 PhD students to their successful completion and beyond. Many of whom now hold senior roles in the agricultural and plant science sector.  Rebecca is passionate about developing new tools and knowledge for improving the sustainability and profitability of our broad acre and horticultural crop and food production systems.

 

 

DINNER SPEAKER:
Dr Beth Woods OAM, FTSE – Director-General, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Dr Beth Woods is the Director-General of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Queensland, where she leads development initiatives to deliver an innovative, productive and sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector.

Previously Beth was the Deputy Director-General of Agriculture; and Deputy Director-General, Science in the former Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation. She was the foundation Director of UQ’s Rural Extension Centre, and Professor of Agribusiness at UQ from 1997-2004.

Beth Woods completed her DPhil in Agricultural Economics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. She has served on committees of the Grains R&D Corporation, the Policy Advisory Council of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the CSIRO Board, the Gatton College Council and the Rural Adjustment Scheme Advisory Council.  She Chaired the RIRDC, ACIAR, and the National Drought Policy Review in 2004, and the International Rice Research Institute from 2008-10, was a Director of the QRAA from 2012-2015, and Chair of WorldFish, headquartered in Penang, until June 2017.  She is Queensland “Government Champion” for the Northern Peninsula Area Indigenous Community, on northern Cape York Peninsula.

 

 

FIELD DAY HOST:
Prof George Mellick – Professor of Neuroscience and Head of the School of Environment and Science, Griffith University

George Mellick is Professor of Neuroscience and Head of the School of Environment and Science, at Griffith University in Queensland. He is an interdisciplinary scientist who is a Research Leader in the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD). George researches all aspects of neurodegenerative disease with an emphasis on Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. He has authored a vast number of research publications and is a regularly sought-after reviewer for International Granting Agencies, Advisory Groups and Research Journals. In addition, George has, for many years, been an advocate for people affected by neurological disease and is currently the President of Parkinson’s Queensland and Vice-President of Parkinson’s Australia.

 

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