It was another busy year at IPRI, filled with new research, engagement with the community, translation of our work and many visits. So, as we wrap up 2022, let’s look back at some of the highlights from the year that was here at IPRI.
ACES Symposium: The Impact
2021 year brought an end to the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) after leaving a sizable legacy since being established in 2014. To close out the Centre, ACES held its final Symposium, focusing on its impact over the years. Watch the recording here – and read the ACES Annual Repot here.
2022 Leon Kane-McGuire Address
The annual Leon Kane-McGuire Address and Award was once again held this year to commemorate and celebrate Leon’s contribution to research, his wicked sense of humour, the communication of science, and the mentoring of the next generation of researchers. This year’s event featured a special guest presentation from Prof Robert Forster from Dublin City University, with the Leon Kane-McGuire Awards going to University of Wollongong’s (UOW) Rebecca Farrell and Bailey Skewes.
There were several impactful papers published this year by our team, including research looking at advancing the wireless cell stimulation interplay, new findings for electrochemical CO2 reduction, ultrasound imaging to address critical challenges and how advanced materials can be used to 3D print human bone to name a only few.
Seaweed Around the Clock
IPRI Director Prof Gordon Wallace participated in Seaweed Around The Clock, a virtual conference where he presented on biomolecules from seaweed and our research in this area at the Translational Research Initiative for Cellular Engineering and Printing (TRICEP).
Visitors to IPRI
With the facilities and labs well and truly back open this year after the pandemic, we saw visitors return to the Innovation Campus, including various tours of our labs. Such notable visitors included Shinshu University’s Prof Shogo Mori, Australian Academy of Science Fellow Prof Huijun Zhao, World-renowned burns specialist Prof Fiona Wood and the Australian National Fabrication Facility’s Chief Executive Officer Dr Jane Fitzpatrick as well as many more.
Over the course of the year, we sat down with a few our students for our PhD Chats interview series to find out more about their research, why they decided to pursue a postgraduate degree at IPRI and more. Watch the series here.
National Science Week
We celebrated National Science Week at IPRI with a bunch of events, including the Bill Wheeler Award and Symposium, which saw IPRI and UOW PhD candidate Mitchell St Clair-Glover win the annual award, as well as hosting our Open Lab Day the day after for the local community to see our work up close.
NEW EARS project named as Eureka Prizes Finalist
IPRI's Prof Gordon Wallace and Dr Johnson Chung were finalists at the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes for the NEW EARS project, a collaboration with RPA Institute of Academic Surgery and Chris O'Brien Lifehouse to reimagine reconstructive treatment with 3D printed ears.
Beyond Science hosts Connecting the Dots
The Beyond Science program hosted its first annual symposium, focusing on translational research ecosystems and medical devices research, held at the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse cancer hospital in Camperdown and online.
ANFF Materials Charge Around Australia Prototyping Day
A Tesla electric vehicle was part of the Charge Around Australia (CAA) project and was on display at our UOW headquarters as part of the ANFF Prototyping Open Day.
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Until next year…