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This event occurred on
August 23, 2018
12:00am - 11:00pm AWST
(UTC +8hrs)
Perth, Western Australia

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The University Club of Western Australia
Hackett Drive, Crawley
Perth, Western Australia, 6009
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Craig McCormack

Since receiving his first space Lego set as a child Craig William McCormack has developed a passionate interest for architecture in outer space. After a terrestrial architectural education in Perth, McCormack spent a 2016 Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship as a Visiting Researcher at the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture in Houston, conducting research for his PhD thesis concerning the possibility of architecture in outer space. As well as researching and teaching at the UWA School of Design, McCormack is a director of the multidisciplinary Felix Laboratories serving as a member of the creative team behind the Australian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Kathleen Heath

Kathleen is a criminal defence lawyer at the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ALSWA), and aspires to help her clients’ stories be told in the courtroom and beyond. She often appears in the Children’s Court, representing children accused of a crime, many of whom have been removed from their families and are in the care of the State. Kathleen received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, where she graduated with the University Medal in Law. With the help of a Fulbright Scholarship, she completed her Master of Laws at Harvard University, focusing on criminal justice policy.

Peter Dean

Peter is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at The University of Western Australia. An award winning teaching his career in the education spans more than 20 years and has seen him work as high school teacher, curriculum designer, education consultant and university leader. Before joining UWA, Peter held leadership positions in education at The Australian National University and the University of Notre Dame Australia. Peter’s research discipline is in strategic studies and he has been a Fulbright Fellow, an Endeavour Research Scholar, as well as a non-resident fellow with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. An author of eight books Peter is also the series co-editor of the Melbourne University Press Defence Studies series and a member of the Editorial Board of the Australian Army Journal.

Rebecca Erin Smith

Rebecca is an award winning Australian composer who specialises in collaborative media and concert works. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music New York, she works primarily with orchestra and large ensembles of acoustic instruments, and the full spectrum of the human voice from speech to song. Most recently, her work has been internationally premiered in Japan and Singapore with the Western Australian Youth Orchestra and Orchestra of the Music Makers (SG), Canada and the USA with Phoenix Ensemble, and nationally with the West Australian, Tasmanian, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. Smith lectures in composition at the WA Academy of Performing Arts (Edith Cowan University), and holds the role of Sponsorship & Development Manager with WA Youth Orchestras.

Simon O'Rourke

Simon O’Rourke is a career police officer with over 20 years operational experience and a keen interest in technology. He is the recipient of the 2017 Fulbright Western Australia Postdoctoral Scholarship, which saw him appointed as a Fellow at the Program on Crisis Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School for the 2017-18 Academic Year. His research focused on Police Command at Critical Incidents, including Terrorism. His current role is to develop and prepare Police Commanders for the challenges they will face during a major incident, where they will be required to make critical decisions in a highly complex environment.

Ursula Salmon

Ursula is working towards “creating an army”, particularly around environmental water quality and quantity. After a Chemical Engineering undergrad exchange to Sweden, Ursula stayed on to do a PhD on the environmental impact of mining, and has worked on environmental systems ever since. Projects have included the drought-driven acidification of coastal lakes, how "new" lakes will evolve, and how reactions in soils can impact groundwater and buried infrastructure. Her Fulbright project involved modelling environmental isotopes (e.g., 14C) in groundwater, including the effect of sea level change by ~120m over the last 40,000 y, to assess paleoclimate and improve water resource management tools.

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Perth, Australia


Canberra, Australia