Power the World
Free Public Lecture
Melbourne School of Design
Science Festival Keynote
How do we get to a zero carbon future while maintaining secure energy supplies? Are batteries the game-changer? What’s next for solar technology? How fast do we need to move on this?
As governments across the world struggle with the issue of energy security in a low carbon world, we have gathered an expert panel of researchers and specialists from the university and business sectors to discuss how we might power the world now and into the future, and answer your questions about the future of energy production and capacity.
Moderated by Maxine McKew, former journalist and politician, and current Honorary Enterprise Professor in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the panel will consist of Professor Paul Mulvaney, School of Chemistry and Bio21, and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science; Ellen Sandell MLA, Greens State Member for Melbourne; Rachel Watson, Chair, Clean Energy Council and Interim CEO, Pacific Hydro; and Professor Ross Garnaut AO, Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Ross Garnaut, Professorial Research Fellow in Economics
Professor Ross Garnaut
Professorial Research Fellow in Economics
University of Melbourne
Professor Ross Garnaut AO is a Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne (since 2008). Earlier at the Australian National University he was Distinguished Professor of Economics (200713) and before that longstanding Head of the Division of Economics in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies. He has been awarded the degrees honoris causa of Doctor of Letters, from the Australian National University and Doctor of Science from the University of Sydney. He is an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and of Renmin University, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Economics Society and a Distinguished Life Member of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. He has been Chairman of the Australian Centre for International Economic Research (19942000) and Trustee (20036) and Chairman (200610) of the International Food Policy research Institute. He was the senior economic policy official in Papua New Guinea’s Department of Finance in the years straddling Independence in 1975, principal economic adviser to Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, and Australian Ambassador to China. Professor Garnaut is the author of numerous books, monographs and articles in scholarly journals on international economics, public finance and economic development, particularly in relation to East Asia and the Southwest Pacific. Recent books include *The Great Crash of 2008* (with David Llewellyn Smith, Melbourne University Publishing, 2009) and *Dog Days: Australia After the Boom* (BlackInc, 2013). He is the author of a number of influential reports to Government, including *Australia and the Northeast Asian Ascendancy* (Australian Government Publishing 1989), *The Garnaut Climate Change Review* (Cambridge University Press 2008) and *The Garnaut Review 2011: Australia and the Global Response to Climate Change* (Cambridge University Press 2011).
Ms Rachel Watson, Chair of the Clean Energy Council and Interim CEO of Pacific Hydro
Ms Rachel Watson
Chair of the Clean Energy Council and Interim CEO of Pacific Hydro
Rachel Watson is the Interim CEO of Pacific Hydro and was appointed Chair of the Clean Energy Council in 2017. She joined Pacific Hydro in 2006 as a Corporate Lawyer and has held a number of positions including, Executive Manager Legal, Executive Manager Finance and Legal and General Manager Group Services. Prior to joining Pacific Hydro, Rachel worked for Orica Ltd, and spent three years in Japan working for a major turbine supplier.
Ms Ellen Sandell, Greens State MP for the seat of Melbourne
Ms Ellen Sandell
Greens State MP for the seat of Melbourne
Ellen Sandell is the first Greens MP elected to the lower house of Victorian Parliament. She holds a dual Bachelors of Arts/Science Degree from the University of Melbourne, majoring in genetics, linguistics and Spanish. Ellen began her career as a researcher with the CSIRO. She then worked on climate change policy for former Labor premier John Brumby's Department of Premier and Cabinet, and later became the chief executive of a national climate change nonprofit organisation, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Ellen is the Victorian Greens spokesperson for housing, climate change and energy. As a parliamentarian, Ellen priorities have been to continue to push for action on climate change, better public transport, a caring society and a liveable Melbourne.
Professor Paul Mulvaney, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science
Professor Paul Mulvaney
Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science
School of Chemistry & Bio21 Institute
Paul Mulvaney is a Professor of Chemistry in the School of Chemistry and Bio21 Institute at the University of Melbourne. In 2016, he became Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences. He is interested in nanoscale materials and the use of these novel materials in new technologies such as solar cells.
Professor Maxine McKew, Honorary Enterprise Professor
Professor Maxine McKew
Honorary Enterprise Professor
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Maxine McKew is an author and Honorary Enterprise Professor of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Her background traverses both journalism and politics. For many years she was a familiar face to ABC TV viewers and was anchor of prestigious programmes such as the 7.30 Report and Lateline. Her work has been recognized by her peers with both Walkely and Logie awards. When she left journalism and made the switch to politics, she wrote herself into the Australian history books by defeating Prime Minister John Howard in the Sydney seat of Bennelong. In government she was both parliamentary secretary for early childhood and later, for regional development and local government.