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Vivid Ideas - Algae is the New Black: the new sustainable resource

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Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

140 George Street

The Rocks, NSW 2000

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Did you know that 50 per cent of the world’s oxygen comes from algae? That bloom you see in your local river contributes more to the planet than you could know.

It is only now that we are realising the potential of this ‘green gold’. Through the Deep Green Biotech Hub led by UTS, the NSW Government has invested to develop algae as ‘the latest sustainable resource’. Cultivating, programming and harvesting this naturally occurring organism is the frontier for next-generation medicines, nutritional supplements, cosmetics, food and drink as well as plastics, fuel, industrial chemicals and animal feed.

Get ready to completely change your perception of algae as you hear about your future from leading scientists and industry experts about the importance and benefits of this fantastic living organism.

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Brooke Boney - triple j news presenter

Brooke a Gamilaroi Gomeroi woman, an accomplished journalist and UTS graduate. She has worked as a reporter at SBS, NITV and the ABC, covering two election campaigns, multiple leadership spills and four PMs, as well as writing extensively about what it’s like to be an Aboriginal person in Australia. She is currently Triple J's breakfast newsreader.


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Professor Peter Ralph - Director, Climate Change Cluster (C3), University of Technology Sydney

Peter is a Professor of Marine Biology at UTS, and Executive Director of the Climate Change Cluster (C3) in the Faculty of Science. Passionate about the bioeconomy, his research includes algae-based bio-products, including the production of food, energy, green chemistry and bio-products using microalgae. A collaborator with industry, Peter also focuses on research and development of mass scale algal cultivation to overcome commercialisation barriers in the algae-based biotechnology sector. He is also founder of the Deep Green Biotech Hub, member of the IOC-UNESCO Blue Carbon International Scientific Working Group and former leader of the CSIRO Marine and Coastal Carbon Biogeochemistry Cluster.

Nick Hazell - Consultant and Inventor

A former aerospace engineer, Ex R+D Director of Pepsico and Mars, Nick is a consultant and Inventor working on product, technology and business innovations in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG). A senior lecturer in UTS's groundbreaking Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation degree and a fellow of Cambridge University Institute for manufacturing, Nick is passionate about food and innovation and has worked on many of the food and drinks products you see in the supermarket today.


Dr Donna Sutherland - Algae Biotechnologist and Fresh Water Scientist, NIWA New Zealand

Donna has over 15 years’ research and consultancy experience on water quality, algae and ecology across a wide range of waterscapes.

Donna is a specialist in green-water technology, utilising algae to treat wastewater, reducing pollution and recovering resources (nutrients, water and energy) to be used for the manufacture of complex chemicals, biofuels, bioplastics and pharmaceuticals. Her research involves the evaluation and optimisation of green-water technologies, at a range of scales, for enhanced biomass yield and pollutant removal.

Dr Mark Liu - Fashion Designer and Fashion Researcher, University of Technology Sydney

Mark is a fashion and textile designer focused on advancing fashion design through the application of scientific principles to traditional techniques. He is an acknowledged pioneer in zero-waste fashion design in the sustainable fashion movement in London. He ran a purely zero-waste fashion label and exhibited in Estethica at London Fashion Week for several seasons.

His work bridges the gap between fashion and science, opening up new possibilities such as teaching STEAM skills through fashion design. Mark holds a PhD from UTS and a Master of Textiles Futures from Central Saint Martins College. His commissions have taken him all over the world exhibiting in museums in the UK, US, China, India, Korea, Amsterdam, Denmark and Australia.


Richard Adamson - Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director, Young Henrys

Richard’s passion for beer started with a home brew kit over 20 years ago and graduated to having his beers drunk in backyards across Australia, downed in New York bars and Beijing Pool Halls, and quaffed by the pint in English pubs.
Having founded Barons Brewing in 2005 and created the Black Wattle Ale, which started the trend of using Australian native ingredients in beer, Richard went on to start Young Henrys in 2012.
Young Henrys is a brewery and distillery in the heart of creative Newtown. Its approach is to be at one with its community, and it has expressed this by embracing music, art and culture. This has seen the brewery collaborate to make unique brews with the likes of the Foo Fighters, FBi Radio, Kylie Kwong and the Art Gallery of NSW


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Admission is on a first-come first-served bases for those registered. Not everyone who registers attends, so, to ensure a full house registration may be oversubscribed. Please ensure that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time to avoid disappointment.
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