Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

18 November 2017 6:00pm to 10:00pm


Brisbane City Hall
64 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City
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Dress code

Black tie/formal


A discounted accommodation rate is available for attendees at the Pullman and Mercure Brisbane King George Square.
Your access code details to book accommodation:
Company Name: The University of Queensland
Company ID (code): AS104243
Access Code: TH449AU542 


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The University of Queensland celebrates 100 years of Chemical Engineering this year.

This is a wonderful milestone that we will commemorate with a special anniversary gala dinner.

We anticipate this will be one of the biggest gatherings of chemical engineering professionals in Queensland's history, dedicated to celebrating the past 100 years of chemical engineering at UQ, and looking to its exciting future.

This special event will be hosted by Professor Peter Halley, Head of UQ’s School of Chemical Engineering, and radio and television personality, Bernie Hobbs. We hope that you will join us for a night of celebration including a three-course dinner, premium beverage package and live entertainment. Partners and guests are most welcome.

We look forward to seeing you at the gala dinner in November!

Professor Peter Halley

Professor Peter Halley, Head of School, Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland

Peter is the current Head of School and a Professor in Chemical Engineering, an Adjunct Group Leader in the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), and a chief investigator in both the Centre for High Performance Polymers (CHPP) and Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM) centre. Click here to read more.

Peter works at the translational research interface between universities and industry. Specifically, his research involves rheology, processing and product design of bio-based materials, polymers and nanocomposite materials. He has worked in industry (SRI International, Sola Optical, Moldflow), has worked in three cooperative research centres (CRCs), has acquired and managed continuous government and industry research projects since 1994, was heavily involved in the spinoff of Plantic Technologies from the CRC food packaging in 2002 (and ongoing research support with them until 2016), and was involved in the research that led to the TenasiTech (TPU nanocomposite) spinoff from UQ in 2007. Peter has led translational research projects in biopolymers and biofluid platforms for agrifood, biomedical and high-value manufacturing sectors which have attracted more than $14 million in government and industry funding; and produced patents, licences and new industrial know-how.

Bernie Hobbs

Bernie Hobbs, MC

Since 1997, former science teacher Bernie Hobbs has been talking and writing about her great passion at the ABC as well as hosting science events around Australia. Bernie is probably best known as a popular judge from ABC TV’s The New Inventors, and she’s a firm favourite with audiences for her weekly science spots on ABC radio with Red Symons (ABC Melbourne), James Valentine (ABC Sydney) and Richard Fidler (ABC Brisbane). Click here to read more.

She has worked with kids, animals and rocket scientists, and shared the stage with prime ministers and rock stars. She happily takes the hot seat at triple j when Dr Karl can’t, and loves nothing more than working with a live audience.

Bernie, who has a first class honours degree in biochemistry and microbiology, has won awards for experiMENTALS, the ABC’s kids TV science show, and for her infamous greenhouse website Planet Slayer where you find out what age you should have died at so you don’t use more than your share of the planet.

Bernie Hobbs has MC’d and chaired forums and events for clients including: Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, the Association of Consulting Engineers Australia, a swathe of CRCs, GHD, Queerscreen, the Queensland Government, The Queensland Resources Council, CSIRO, The Australian Society for Medical Research, The Australian Fodder Industry Association, Brisbane Ideas Festival, The World Congress of Science Journalists, and Questacon, to name just some.



If you or your organisation are interested in sponsoring this event please click here to download the Sponsorship Information Booklet.


If you have any questions about the event, please contact EAIT Advancement at alumni@eait.uq.edu.au