A symposium in Canberra tomorrow will be told that research and innovation are critical if Australia is to meet its clean energy targets.

The Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) at the University of Newcastle is presenting Inventing Australia’s Energy Future: Challenges and Solutions at the Shine Dome in Canberra.

NIER Director Dr Alan Broadfoot said international collaboration was essential for Australia to tackle the challenges it faced in energy and resources.

“Over the next two decades we will see significant changes in the resources we use and the way we use them,” he said.

“The intense and escalating conversations about resources and energy are sharpened by the tension between resource sustainability, meeting our climate change objectives and economic growth.

“To address these challenges, we need to stay focused on the need for research and invention. Without them, we will not reach our clean energy targets and produce technological transformation.”

Learn more about the work of our global energy leaders at NIER.

The Symposium coincides with the presentation of the Ian Wark Medal to the University’s Professor Kevin Galvin.  The medal is awarded by the Australian Academy of Science and recognises research that contributes to the prosperity of the nation, through the advancement of scientific knowledge and its application.

Professor Galvin invented the Reflux Classifier, an industrial machine that will save the global mining and minerals processing industry billions of dollars by separating fine particles on the basis of either density or size.  The Classifier is already being used in seven countries.