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Curtin Tuesdays with Prof, Chris Ryan

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The Curtin Hotel, 29 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053

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Come and be enthralled by one of the Sustainability godfathers of Melbourne and indeed Australia! He wrote the book (D4S) that informs sustainable manufacturing and making in the product design industry. He spear headed the project that shaped and formed CERES in Melbourne's northern suburbs. He's a great speaker and a lovely guy, you wont want to miss what he has to say!!

Meet us at the curtain at 6pm for a burger and a drink before we wander upstairs to hear Chris’s talk from 7-8pm. Invite any other kindred spirits.


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Chris Ryan has worked for over 30 years across various areas of science, technology, environmental policy and design, and in projects that span the community sector, academia, government and international agencies and business.

His community sector work includes the creation of a number of networks of ‘alternative’ and ‘radical’ technology in the UK in the 1970’s. He brought this work brought back to Australia for the creation of several community technology programs and, in 1978, a community plan for environmental and socially-useful work that became the Centre for Research into Environmental Strategies (CERES), still existing today in the Melbourne Suburb of Brunswick.

In academic work he help found the first multi-disciplinary undergraduate socio-environmental degree program at RMIT University that spanned two faculties (Social Science and Architecture and Design). That program ran from 1984 to 1997. He was foundation professor of Design and Sustainability at RMIT from 1990, and Director of the National (Key) Centre for Environmental Design from 1989-98.

Professor Ryan has collaborated with many eco-design related research groups in Europe, including the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands and the UK Design Council. His business work has involved projects or long term consulting for Schiavello (Australia); Transurban (Australia); Electrolux (Europe and Asia Pacific); Volvo Penta, (Sweden); Brio (Sweden); Body Shop (Australasia); Blackmores (Australia); Isle Property Development Group (Australia)

He is joint editor of Design for Sustainability – a step by step guide; UN Environment Program Paris, 2009.

He joined the University of Melbourne in 2006 as Professor and Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Science Innovation and society and as Director of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (based on the Eco-Sense program). That program was originally funded from a Victorian Sustainability Fund grant. He is now Professor and Director of VEIL as a research unit within the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. He is a Theme leader on Sustainable Cities for the Melbourne Sustainable Societies Institute.

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