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22 -24 November 2017

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Confirmed Plenary Speakers


Michael Drakopoulos- AUM2017 SpeakerDr Michael Drakopoulos


Michael is a Physicist graduated at the University of Stuttgart, Germany and received his PhD at the Max-Planck-Institute for Metal Research, Stuttgart. He has worked as post-doc and beamline scientist at the ESRF, Grenoble and at the Diamond Light Source, U.K. At Diamond he is responsible for the design and operation of the high-energy beamline I12, which is an instrument to facilitate in-situ studies of samples and processes at large scale and close to rad-world conditions. At the same time, he is in charge of designing and constructing a beamline (DIAD) for simultaneous imaging and diffraction, which is a world novelty.

Michael’s main fields of research have been micro-diffraction on poly-crystalline metals, development of micro-focusing techniques such as micro-SAXS and micro-XSW, as well as technique development in x-ray tomography.


Ian GentleProfessor Ian Gentle


Ian is a graduate of the University of Sydney with BSc (Hons) and PhD in Physical Chemistry. He has been at the University of Queensland since 1993 and is now Deputy Executive Dean and Associate Dean Research of the Faculty of Science. Prof Gentle has been a major user of synchrotron and neutron methods and has published around 135 journal articles in the fields of materials science, thin films, organic electronics and biological surfaces with over 4000 citations. He was heavily involved with the development of the Australian Synchrotron and served as the AS Head of Science (2008-2010). He is currently the President of the Australian Neutron Beam Users Group and was a winner of the AINSE Gold Medal in 2016.


Elena Ivonova - AUM Speaker

Professor Elena P. Ivanova


Elena is from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, received PhD from the Institute of Microbiology and Virology, Ukraine; ScD from the Pacific Institute of Bio-organic Chemistry, Russian Federation; JD from the Melbourne University. Before joining Swinburne University of Technology in 2001, hold postdoctoral positions at the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Osaka, Japan and at the Center of Marine Biotechnology, University of Maryland, USA. Professional interests are concentrated on development and research coordination in fundamental and applied aspects of Nano/Biotechnology including planar micro-devices, biomaterials, immobilization of biomolecules and microorganisms in micro/nano/environments, antimicrobial and bactericidal surfaces, bacterial interactions with micro/nano-structured surfaces.


Rachel Popelka-Filcoff - AUM2017 SpeakerAssociate Professor Rachel Popelka-Filcoff


Rachel is an Associate Professor at Flinders University. Her laboratory integrates advanced nuclear and spectroscopic approaches into multidisciplinary projects, including cultural heritage chemistry, nuclear forensics, uranium chemistry and radioecology. Her research is to the first comprehensive characterisation of Australian Aboriginal natural mineral pigments on cultural heritage materials by several analytical methods. Rachel has received several awards including the South Australian Tall Poppy of the Year in 2012. She has also had her research profiled in national radio and television interviews. Rachel is the President of the Society for Archaeological Sciences, and on the editorial board of Journal of Archaeological Science.


Sharon Robinson - AUM SpeakerProfessor Sharon Robinson

After completing a PhD in Plant Biology at University College London, I held postdoctoral positions at Duke University (USA) and the Australian National University before my appointment at the University of Wollongong. I am currently Associate Dean Graduate Research and a Senior Professor in Biological Sciences. I am a member of the United Nations Environment Programme Environmental Effects Assessment Panel, the ARC College of Experts and an Editor for Global Change Biology. I research climate change impacts on terrestrial vegetation in both East Antarctica and on King George Island, and have participated in more than ten visits to the continent.