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Dining out on world-class research

40+ Club 2019

Alumni were given a unique opportunity to connect and converse and hear about the innovative and award-winning research being carried out at the University of Tasmania.

From a world-first device that detects explosives in under a minute to learning about how scientists are helping to solve real-world problems to shape the future of the state, more than 70 alumni were captivated by a special presentation from research leaders at a recent event in Hobart.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Anthony Koutoulis and alumnus Professor Michael Breadmore (PhD 2001) spoke at the 40+ Club Lunch, an event for alumni of the University of Tasmania who graduated 40 years or more ago.

Professor Koutoulis, who is a Professor of Plant Science, gave an overview of the research priorities of the University, including its mission to shape the social, cultural and economic future of the state.

In addition, attendees heard from Professor Michael Breadmore who is an analytical chemist and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Tasmania's College of Sciences and Engineering.

He has worked on some fascinating projects, predominately lab-on-chip technology, which involves separating complex mixtures of chemicals on a miniature scale.

Last year, a portable device which rapidly detects homemade explosives that uses technology invented at the University of Tasmania, won a prestigious Eureka Prize in Sydney.

GreyScan is the world’s first trace-detection device that can identify inorganic explosives in under a minute, and its use in mass transit locations such as airports and train stations could help make Australia and the world safer.

The technology was invented by a team led by Professor Breadmore and developed in strategic partnership with Grey Innovation, Australian Federal Police, National Institute of Forensic Science, Australian Customs Service and US Homeland Security.

Kate Robertson Executive Director, Advancement, said the luncheon was an opportunity for alumni to hear about the world-leading research carried out at the University, which was helping to shape the social, cultural and economic future of the state.

“This is a university with a very long and wonderful history of education and learning; teaching and research; changing people’s lives, impacting positively on communities and in many areas changing the world.”

To see photographs of the event, please visit The University of Tasmania alumni Facebook page.

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Published on: 05 Feb 2020 11:32am