Symposium group 2024

Steel Research Hub's 2nd Annual Symposium

Steel Research Hub's 2nd Annual Symposium

The Steel Research Hub's 2nd Annual Symposium, held on Wednesday, 7 and Thursday, 8 February, 2024 at the University of Wollongong (UOW), brought together a diverse array of over 90 participants from the Australian steel innovation community. This dynamic gathering included major industry players, university partners, and dedicated UOW research personnel, creating a vibrant atmosphere of collaboration and knowledge exchange.

The symposium's overarching theme, "Collaboration, Engagement, and Cohesiveness," provided a robust framework for the discussions that unfolded. Academic and industry leaders, along with researchers, showcased R&D highlights within the framework of the Hub's four major programs:

-           Process Integration and Sustainability

-           Product Innovation and Technology

-           Advance Corrosion Performance and Operational Efficiency

-           Steel Supply Chain Transformation.

On Day 2, the symposium opened with the distinguished Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Patricia M. Davidson, who delivered insightful remarks on UOW's enduring engagement with the local steel industry. Her emphasis on the imperative for future innovation in low emission steelmaking, digitalization, and workforce training set the stage for a thought-provoking exploration of the industry's future trajectory.

Professor Davidson's comments seamlessly transitioned into an open panel session titled "Where to Next in Australian Steel Innovation." This engaging discussion, featuring hub industry and academic leaders, postdoctoral researchers, and PhD candidates, delved into crucial national steel issues. Topics included pivotal areas for innovation, essential research capabilities, and the technological training and diversity needed for the future steel manufacturing workforce.

The technical sessions were enriched by the participation of PhD candidates who presented their cutting-edge research and showcased posters that encapsulated the Hub's commitment to fostering emerging talent.

In retrospect, the 2nd Annual Steel Research Hub Symposium proved to be a resounding success, laying a robust foundation for the Hub's trajectory in 2024 and beyond. The symposium not only celebrated the current achievements but also acted as a compass, guiding the Hub towards a future marked by innovation, collaboration, and sustained excellence.