AISS Keynote Speakers

Professor Scott O’Neill
Director, Institute of Vector-Borne Disease, Monash University
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Professor Scott O'Neill leads the Eliminate Dengue Program, an international research collaboration which aims to reduce the global burden of mosquito-borne disease. His team is implementing a sustainable control method using Wolbachia to reduce the ability of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to transmit harmful viruses including dengue, Chikungunya and Zika. The program is currently operating in five countries and is now expanding and undertaking efficacy trials. He has received many awards including the Centenary Medal and the Mackerras Medal and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The American Society of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has spent his academic career at The University of Illinois, Yale University, The University of Queensland and Monash University where he was Dean of Science from 2011-2016.
Professor Adi Utarini
Professor of Public Health, Universitas Gadjah Mada
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Adi Utarini is Vice Dean for Research, Community Service and Collaboration in the Faculty of Medicine at Universitas Gadjah Mada (Gadjah Mada University). She has a master’s degree from the Institute of Child Health, London, and a PhD from the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, Umea University, Sweden. Her areas of interest include quality assurance in infectious disease management, public-private partnerships in tuberculosis control, evaluation of health programs, hospital quality improvement and implementation research. She is currently the project leader for the Eliminate Dengue Program in Indonesia, a collaboration between the Faculty of Medicine at Universitas Gadjah Mada and the Institute of Vector-Borne Disease at Monash University in Melbourne which is funded by the Tahija Foundation. The Eliminate Dengue Program is currently being implemented in Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brazil, Colombia and several other countries. More information about the program can be found at: www.eliminatedengue.com/id (Eliminate Dengue Indonesia) and www.eliminatedengue.com (Eliminate Dengue Program).
Dr Diana Hansen
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
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Diana Hansen completed her PhD.studies in 1998 at the University of Buenos Aires in the context of a collaborative program between the National Institute for Chagas’ disease in Argentina and the National Veterinary Institute in Uppsala, Sweden. She turned to malaria research during her postdoctoral training at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne, where she established an internationally recognised program to investigate inflammatory responses responsible for the induction of severe malaria. Diana is now a Laboratory Head at the Division of Infection and Immunity, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Department of Medicine at The University of Melbourne. Her main research interests include understanding mechanisms of pathogenesis and immunity to malaria, and she is pursuing those goals using pre-clinical infection models as well as humans studies in malaria endemic areas.
Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
Professor of Marine Science and Director, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland
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Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (BScHons., Sydney; PhD., UCLA) is the inaugural Director of the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute (GCI) in Brisbane. The GCI focuses on the challenges that face humanity with respect to healthy oceans, food security, clean energy and sustainable water. Professor Hoegh-Guldberg also leads an active research group that is focused on the biology of coral reefs and the marine impacts of climate change, and is one of the most cited scientists on climate change with over 300 peer-reviewed publications. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, coordinating lead author of the IPCC (AR5), and has been recognised by a Eureka Prize in 1999 and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Climate Change Award in 2014.
Professor Jamaluddin Jompa
Dean, Faculty of Marine Science and Fisheries, Universitas Hasanuddin
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Jamaluddin Jompa was born in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. He graduated from McMaster University, Canada, with a master’s degree in 1996, and was awarded a PhD from James Cook University, Queensland in 2001. Professor Jompa is a senior lecturer and currently serves as Dean of the Faculty of Marine Sciences and Fisheries at Universitas Hasanuddin (Hasanuddin University). From 2004 to 2013, he served as Director of the Research and Development Centre for Marine, Coasts and Small Islands at Universitas Hasanuddin. In 2007, Professor Jompa was seconded to the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries to manage the national Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program Phase II (COREMAP-II). Professor Jompa is the President of the Indonesian Young Academy of Sciences, and chaired the study committee for Indonesian Science Agenda (SAINS45), which sets out the key questions facing Indonesia as it approaches its centenary of Independence in 2045. He is also Chairman of the South Sulawesi Sea Partnership Program, President of the Association of Diving School International—Indonesia, and a member of the National Fisheries Stock Assessment Committee.
Professor Catherine Lovelock
School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland
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Professor Catherine Lovelock’s research focuses on the effects of, and adaptations to, climate change in coastal plant communities, fundamental metabolic and physiological processes of coastal and marine plant communities and the impacts of nutrient enrichment on tropical and subtropical coastal and marine plant communities. She is a member of the International Scientific Blue Carbon Working Group of The Blue Carbon Initiative. She led the Climate Change Adaptation for Natural Resource Management project for the east coast of Australia and was work package leader for the CSIRO Coastal Carbon Biogeochemistry Cluster. She was a member of the Reef Advisory Committee for catchments and coasts of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and currently contributes to the Australian government process of incorporating coastal wetlands within Australia’s greenhouse gas accounts.
 
Professor Daniel Murdiyarso
Professor, Department of Geophysics and Meteorology, Institut Pertanian Bogor and Principal Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research
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Professor Daniel Murdiyarso’s research interests include land-use change and biogeochemical cycles, and climate change mitigation and adaptation on which he has published extensively. Between 2000 and 2002 he served as Indonesia’s Deputy Minister of Environment, during which time he was the National Focal Point for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity. Dr Murdiyarso played a key role in the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as Convening Lead Author of the IPCC Third Assessment Report, the IPCC Special Report on Land-use, Land-use Change and Forestry, and the 2013 Supplement to 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National GHG Inventory: Wetlands. He was also a Review Editor of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. Professor Murdiyarso has a degree in Forestry from Institut Pertanian Bogor and a PhD from the University of Reading, UK. He is a member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences.
Associate Professor Fenny Dwivany
School of Life Sciences and Technology, Institut Teknologi Bandung
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Fenny Dwivany was awarded her PhD in biology from the University of Melbourne in 2003. She is an associate professor at the School of Life Sciences and Technology at Institut Teknologi Bandung (Bandung Institute of Technology). Her group dubs itself the ‘banana group’, due to its research interest in bananas (www.thebananagroup.org). Its projects focus on big data using a multi-omics approach that correlates biodiversity, disease and fruit ripening, as well as examining the use of advanced nanomaterials as bio-fungicides, and edible coatings to delay fruit ripening. Her group is also involved in the Space Seeds for Asian Future program which was Indonesia’s first space biology experiment. Dr Dwivany has been awarded an International L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowship (2007), an Australia Award (2010), the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Award (2011), the Science and Technology Award (2012) from the Indonesian Government, and the Karya Inovasi Award (2015) from Institut Teknologi Bandung.
Dr Andrew Ash
Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Agriculture and Food
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Dr Andrew Ash has 30 years research experience in climatically variable tropical rangelands and agricultural systems in northern Australia and south-east Asia with a particular emphasis on developing management systems to improve profitability and environmental outcomes for rural communities. He has published over 200 scientific papers, book chapters, conference papers and technical reports. Dr Ash currently leads a large DFAT-funded project on applied research and innovation in agriculture in eastern Indonesia. This ambitious project connects research institutes and the private sector in an effort to achieve more rapid uptake of technologies by smallholder farmers.
Professor Bambang Sugiharto
Director, Centre for Development of Advanced Science and Technology, Universitas Jember
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Professor Bambang Sugiharto is a plant biotechnologist who has achieved international recognition for his role in developing one of the world’s first varieties of transgenic sugarcane. The drought-resistant cane was developed in collaboration with state plantation firm PT Perkebunan Nusantara and the Indonesian Sugarcane Plantation Research Centre. Professor Sugiharto has a bachelor’s degree in soil science from Universitas Jember and a master’s and PhD from Nagoya University in Japan. From 1997 to 2004 he was Director of the Research Centre for Molecular Biology at Universitas Jember before being appointed as Director of the Centre for Development of Advanced Science and Technology in 2012. He has published numerous articles and reports on the physiology and biochemistry of C4 plants and served as a biotechnology consultant to PT. Perkebunan Nusantara and as Indonesia’s representative to the Asia Pacific Protein Association.
Professor James Dale
Distinguished Professor, Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, Queensland University of Technology
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Professor James Dale was the foundation Director of the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities at Queensland University of Technology. His research interests are on the biofortification of bananas and the development of disease resistant bananas through genetic modification. He has led research and development programs in Australia, Asia and Africa and currently has two major international projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The first is to develop bananas with high levels of pro-vitamin A and iron for countries where bananas are a staple such as Uganda. This project is in Phase 3 with advanced field trials in Uganda and a 2021 target release date. The project was identified as one of TIME Magazine’s “Top 25 Inventions of 2014”. The banana disease resistance projects are aimed at resistance to banana bunchy top virus and Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4 with field trials in the Malawi and the Northern Territory.
Dr Liz Dennis
CSIRO Agriculture
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Dr Liz Dennis is an eminent plant molecular biologist with interests in gene expression, the molecular bases of plant development, plant gene regulation and the mapping plant genomes. In 2000 she was joint recipient of the inaugural Prime Minister's Science Prize. In recognition of her 42 years of service in the CSIRO, Dr Dennis was awarded the 2014 CSIRO Medal for Lifetime Achievement for a distinguished career in plant molecular biology that established CSIRO as a world leader in this field, with multiple paradigm-changing discoveries, an outstanding publication record and science citizenship recognised by numerous fellowships and awards. Dr Dennis has published approximately 300 papers in international journals and one book and edited two further books. She is a past president of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.
Professor Jane Hunter
Professorial Research Fellow and Director, eResearch Lab, University of Queensland
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Jane Hunter leads a team of researchers and software engineers in the development of services to support the management, integration, analysis and preservation of large-scale, multivariate datasets to solve complex cross-disciplinary real-world challenges. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed publications in scientific data management and analysis and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Web Semantics, International Journal of Digital Curation and SoftwareX. She is also on the executive of the International Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA).
Dr Roby Muhamad
Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Indonesia
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Roby Muhamad is a computational social scientist. His current work focuses on the measurement of psychological characteristics using large-scale and text-based data. He has a PhD from Columbia University, New York. His work has been published in journals such as Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr Muhamad is a member of the Indonesian Young Academy of Sciences and the deputy chair of the Working Group on Science and Society.
Dr Stuart Minchin
Chief, Environmental Geoscience Division, Geoscience Australia
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Dr Stuart Minchin has extensive experience in water and environmental information sciences, particularly in the areas of earth observation and water resource management. His career has been focused on the development and delivery of improved natural resource information and knowledge to stakeholders and the public. He has a strong background in management and computer modelling of water and environmental data and online management, interoperability, and delivery of data, modelling and reporting tools for improved natural resource management. Dr Minchin is head of Australia’s delegation to the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management and a representative to the Group on Earth Observation (GEO).
Diastika Rahwidiati
Chief Technical Adviser, Pulse Lab Jakarta
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Diastika Rahwidiati is passionate about grassroots innovation, and especially interested in the thinkers, doers and fixers that create positive change across Indonesia. As Chief Technical Advisor for Pulse Lab Jakarta she connects ethnographers, social activists and technologists to the Lab’s big data research projects to add local context and encourage the diffusion of the technologies they embody. With over 13 years’ experience in development assistance she has delivered projects in education, policy-relevant research, and civil society support. She holds a Masters in International Development and Environmental Analysis from Monash University, Australia.
Professor Bob Williamson
Chief Scientist, CSIRO Data61 and Professor, Research School of Computer Science, Australian National University
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Professor Bob Williamson has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Queensland University of Technology, and a Master of Engineering Science (Electrical Engineering) and a PhD in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Queensland. He joined the Australian National University as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Systems Engineering in 1990 where he held a series of appointments before becoming a professor and head of the Computer Sciences Laboratory at the Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering. From 2003 to early 2006 Professor Williamson was the Director of National ICT Australia (NICTA)’s Canberra Research Laboratory. In 2006 he was appointed as NICTA’s Scientific Director and from 2011 to 2015 he led NICTA’s Research Group on Machine Learning. He served as interim CEO of NICTA from May to August 2015 and from September 2015 to October 2016 he was the Research Director of Data61’s Machine Learning and Analytics program. His scientific research focuses on machine learning, in particular building compositional foundations for ML by relating different machine learning problems. He recently led the development of a report on Technology and Australia's Future. Professor Williamson is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences and the Australian Mathematical Society.
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The Australia-Indonesia Science Symposium seeks to promote scientific collaboration and exchange, and strengthen people-to-people links between the two countries. The Symposium builds on existing links and partnerships between Australian and Indonesian scientists, universities and public research institutions.

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The Australian Academy of Science's Shine Dome was purpose-built in 1958–59 to house the Academy. The building was created to reflect the inquiring and innovative nature of science. It was the first Canberra building to be added to the National Heritage List, for its historical and architectural significance.

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