Wollongong to host world-leading scientists for symposium

Tuesday, 12 February, 2013

More than 150 leading Australian and international researchers will converge on Wollongong this week to speak about and share insights into groundbreaking materials research as part of the 8th Annual International Electromaterials Science Symposium.

The three-day annual event will this year be hosted by the University of Wollongong’s Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, the lead node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science.

Researchers will gather to share and discuss their work in a range of electromaterials applications including solar and hydro-energy generation, printing 3D structures, building ultra-strong electrolyte gels muscle regeneration through electrical stimulation of cells.

ACES Director Professor Gordon Wallace said the symposium would showcase world-leading research while acting as a catalyst for further exploration of electromaterials science.

“This event brings together leading scientists from around the world who are actively engaged in discovering new electromaterials and structures,” Professor Wallace said. “Using these, we can solve critical global challenges in energy and health.

“Here in Wollongong, we have a unique collection of expertise and facilities that enables the thought-to-thing pipeline to be readily traversed.”

The symposium will also feature the annual Leon Kane-Maguire address, which commemorates Kane-Maguire’s contribution to research, the building of research teams and the communication of science to the next generation. This year’s address, at 5.30 pm on 15 February, will be presented by Professor Ray Baughman from the University of Texas at Dallas.

A copy of the symposium program can be found here and a list of the speakers can be found here.

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