Copies of presentations from past events are available in the Members Only area. 

Thu 9th December at 6.30pm : FESA Dinner Meeting & Presentation - Auburn Hotel (85 Auburn Rd, Hawthorn East).

We are delighted to welcome back Dr Alan Finkel to present in person!  Many will recall his excellent Zoom presentation to us in late 2020.  Details below.

Registration is now open - here, on the FESA website.  Please note that admission on the night will be allowed ONLY for those who have registered AND paid via the website by 26/11 AND who comply with Govt health requirements for the venue at the time (likely need to be proof of double-vaccination). There will be NO casual admissions on the night.

Registrations will close shortly (a limit of 50 applies)

We hope to record the presentation for later access on the website.  If the event is to be streamed on Zoom (not certain yet), we will notify members by email.

The topic: Future technologies for a low-emissions economy 

DR ALAN FINKEL (Australia's former Chief Scientist)


Dr Finkel will describe his work in assisting the government to develop Australia’s low-emissions energy technology capabilities.

About Dr Finkel

Alan Finkel received a doctorate in Electrical Engineering in 1981 from Monash University, following his BE degree. His PhD work involved development of instrumentation to investigate the ‘electrical’ performance of the nervous system. He was then a post-doctoral research fellow at the ANU involved in biomedical research.   Dr Finkel founded Axon Instruments in the USA, and he invented and developed commercially successful instruments that substantially sped up drug research. With his wife the Finkels established Cosmos, Australia’s premier science magazine. They have been prominent philanthropists and have supported for example, the bionic eye project and a Chair in Global Health at Monash University

Dr Finkel was appointed a member of the Order of Australia in 2006.  He served as Monash University’s eighth chancellor for five years starting in 2008.

Dr Alan Finkel was Australia’s Chief Scientist for five years until December 2020. He served with distinction in this role advising the Government and Parliament on science and technology matters. He has a continuing role in Australia’s national energy policy. In 2017 he chaired the national electricity review and in 2019 he led the technical aspects of Australia’s national hydrogen strategy.   In 2020 Dr Finkel led the development of Australia’s inaugural low emissions technology roadmap and in 2021 he chaired the development of a major update to the low emissions technology roadmap.  This year Dr Finkel has been Special Advisor to the Australian Government on low emissions technologies and he has led negotiations for funded bilateral cleantech agreements with the UK, Japan, Germany, Singapore and Korea.



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