You are invited to connect at The Victorian Vernier Society monthly meeting is on Thursday the 11th of July at Kooyong Tennis Club:

Robin Batterham AO FREng, the past Chief Scientist of Australia

Robin is to speak on Energy and transport: opportunities for manufacturing. This should be a not miss event for all interested in the changing patterns of climate and energy!

After a period as an honorary staff member and a Professorial Fellow, Professor Robin Batterham joined the Melbourne School of Engineering as Kernot Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2010.

Professor Batterham is devoted to furthering energy research in the University and is deeply involved with the Melbourne Energy Institute. He brings considerable expertise and experience to the School, building on his long and very distinguished career in industry and government. He is past President of the Academy of Technology and Engineering (2007-2012), former Chief Scientist of Australia (1999-2005), past President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and named several times in Engineers Australia’s list of the 100 Most Influential Engineers. He has twice chaired the International Mineral Processing Congress, Chairs the selection panels for both the Australia India Strategic Research Fund and the Australia China Strategic Research Fund and chaired the International Energy Agency Expert Group on Science for Energy.

He graduated from the University of Melbourne in Chemical Engineering in 1965 and PhD in 1969. After post-doctoral studies in the United Kingdom at the central laboratories of ICI (UK) he returned to Australia as a research scientist with the Division of Chemical Engineering in CSIRO. During this period of his professional career he undertook a significant number of innovative projects in the mineral processing field and he was ultimately appointed as Chief of the Division of Mineral and Process Engineering at the CSIRO in 1985.

During his career with CSIRO, Dr Batterham promoted close interactions with industry, leading to the development of a number of novel processes which are in use today in the mineral sector in Australia and overseas. In 1988 he was approached by CRA Ltd, now Rio Tinto Limited, to take a major role in technology development for that company.

Many of the company’s industrial technology successes are a result of Professor Batterham’s work. Prof Batterham is a Fellow by election of: the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Corresponding Fellow of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, Foreign Fellow Royal Academy of Engineering, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Engineering (USA) and Foreign Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Fellowship of Professional Organisations include: the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Institute of Engineers Australia, the Australian Institute of Management, the Iron & Steel Society America, the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Batterham is a recipient of the Kernot medal from Melbourne University, the President’s Medal of the Australian Sugar Cane Technologists, the Chemeca Medal, the Esso Award for Chemical Engineering, the AusIMM Institute Medal 2004, the AusIMM President’s Medal, the Centenary Medal of Australia and recently the AusIMM Sir William Connolly Memorial Medal. He is a member of the Order of Australia and has three doctorates (honoris causa).

Professor Batterham is also an organist, holding a position for over 20 years at Scots Church in Melbourne. He is a member of Council of the University of Melbourne and is Adviser or Board Member of four companies.

The Vernier Promise!

At Vernier you will:

• Connect and Network with business leaders
• Associate with people who share your interests
• Gain insights and knowledge from authoritive keynote speakers
• Develop and grow your leadership and business prospects
• Promote the sustainability of the Australian manufacturing industry