Day 1 Keynote Speakers
Meet our first amazing Keynote Speaker for Day 1!
Distinguished Professor Dietmar W Hutmacher | Queensland University of Technology
Over the last two decades, Dietmar has gained worldwide recognition in the field of biomedical engineering, biomaterials, tissue engineering & regenerative medicine. As a reflection of his pioneering ethos, Dietmar’s research efforts have resulted in traditional scientific/academic outputs as well as pivotal commercialization outcomes. This success has been achieved through a concerted and integrated leadership effort including contributions from colleagues in engineering (tissue engineering, biomaterials science, computational modelling, chemistry, nanotechnology), the life science disciplines (molecular cell and developmental biology, medicine, stem cell research, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics), and applied clinical research (orthopaedics, plastic surgery, dentistry, radiology).
In Dietmar’s role as a Research Capacity Building Professor, Director of the Centre in Regenerative Medicine at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Director of the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Additive Biomanufacturing, he mentors junior (Assistant Professor) and mid-career (Associate Professor) faculty members. The quality of Dietmar’s team members is reflected in their level of support: 35% of his Postdoctoral Fellows and PhD students have been awarded prestigious fellowships (ARC, Marie Curie, DFG, Endeavour Awards, Whittaker Fellowship etc.) or scholarships (ARC, NHMRC, DAAD etc). Prior to his academic career, Dietmar had more than 10 years of experience in the medical device and biotechnology industry. He has served as a Scientific Advisor for several SME companies as well as global corporations and have undertaken numerous research projects with funding from industry. Currently Dietmar is the chair of a number of scientific advisory boards for both large academic research consortia and centres as well as for biotech and medical device companies. His outstanding research career, former industry experience and MBA has equipped Dietmar with the scientific expertise, leadership profile and management experience to undertake cutting edge basic and translational research which has lead to significant progress in fundamental understandings, yet very importantly from a far more wide reaching perspective to innovations that has improved the quality of life for many patients.
Day 2 Keynote Speakers
Meet our first amazing Keynote Speaker for Day 2!
Ms Alison Oborn | Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons
“The spookiest, the scariest and the most ‘real’experience you’re likely to have in South Australia!”
This is the proud claim that Alison Oborn, South Australian author, radio personality, paranormal researcher and tour operator makes about her dream and her passion, Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons multi-award winning ghost & dark history tours, a tour business that takes you to some of the most unique heritage locations in S.A.”
Born into a haunted house, her life was full of questions and in 1989 decided to find answers to those questions by researching the paranormal. Setting up a team, Paranormal Field Investigators, she became the head researchers at the Adelaide Gaol which led to writing her book “Ghosts of the Past” showcasing 10 years of ghostly experiences there.
After years of researching and tour guiding experience, she combined her passion for history/heritage and her fascination for the paranormal and bravely set up her own business, Haunted Horizons. H.H. quickly became the largest provider of ghost tours and dark history/crime tours in South Australia, even achieving ‘Hall of Fame’ for winning ‘Best Tour & Transport Operator’ 3 years in a row in the State Tourism Awards. We also became Finalists in the Telstra Business Awards 2016 & 2017.
Since opening in 2010 her passion for our history, heritage and the paranormal is still the driving force behind H.H. The ‘ghosts’ and dark history are a great way to bring history/heritage to a younger generation in a more unique way.
It is also a great way to raise money for causes close to her heart and H.H. now support Beyondblue.