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Chair - Professor Paul Greenfield, AO


Paul GreenfieldProfessor Greenfield has recently retired from the position of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland. Previously he was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (2002-07), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (2001), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) (1997-00) and Executive Dean of Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture. Professor Greenfield currently chairs the Scientific Advisory Committee overseeing the $5.2 million Moreton Bay and Brisbane River Wastewater Management Study (since 1994); the Waste Technical Working Group, Basel Convention (since 1995); and the Advisory Board of I.P. Australia (since 1999). He is a Director of several University companies and has consulted for national and international companies and government agencies in the fields of biotechnology, wastewater management, environmental management and project evaluation.

In the 2006 Australia Day Honours, Professor Greenfield was appointed as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to science and engineering, particularly through research in the areas of chemical engineering, biotechnology, wastewater and environmental management, and to the tertiary education sector. Professor Greenfield's research is recognised internationally for capacity to attract funding and significance of published output. He still supervises PhD students and he is credited with more than 180 journal publications, 120 conference publications, three patents and more than 20 invited international (keynote/plenary) addresses.

Professor Anton P J Middelberg

University of Queensland, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and International

Anton MiddelbergProfessor Middelberg is the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and International) at the University of Queensland, where he leads key aspects of the University-wide research and internationalisation portfolio.

He obtained his Bachelor (1989) and PhD (1993) degrees from the University of Adelaide and his Master of Arts from Cambridge (2001). After appointment as the youngest lecturer in Engineering at Adelaide University, and a Fulbright Fellowship at UC Berkeley, he accepted a position at Cambridge University where he was rapidly tenured and promoted twice against quota to become the Reader in Biological Engineering. In this role he reported directly to The University’s General Board and was a member of the Governing Body of Selwyn College and a Fellow of the Cambridge-MIT Institute.

In 2003 he returned to Australia as a Federation Fellow of the Australian Research Council. Professor Middelberg was awarded the 2010 Queensland Premier’s Fellowship (one per annum statewide) for his vaccine research. His 2011 seminal paper on new vaccine processing in the leading journal Vaccine saw him invited to be an Associate Editor of that journal.

In 2012 he was one of 100 global recipients of a Grand Challenge Exploration award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Professor Middelberg has been named by Engineers Australia as one of the 100 most influential engineers in Australia. He has received a number of awards including the Brodie and Shedden-Uhde medals of the Institution of Engineers Australia, and has published more than 170 refereed papers at the interface between biology and engineering.

Professor Ned Pankhurst

Ned PankhurstGriffith University, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) & Provost Gold Coast campus

Professor Ned Pankhurst is Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and Provost Gold Coast at Griffith University. Previous to this he was Pro Vice Chancellor (Science, Environment, Engineering and Information Technology at James Cook University.

After completing his PhD studies on freshwater eels, Professor Pankhurst spent three years at the University of Alberta, Canada, as a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow.

He has held a Fellowship with New Zealand Fisheries Research Centre, a lectureship and senior lectureship in Marine Biology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and an Associate Professorship in the School of Aquaculture at the University of Tasmania, where he was awarded a Personal Chair and was Head of School.

Professor Pankhurst has published widely in the field of biology of fishes, and routinely reviews for international journals.



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