2012 Conference Program
A copy of the most up to date conference program (27th September) is available here.
Tuesday 9th October 2012
Wednesday 10th October 2012
Best Practice Topics - Tuesday 9th October from 11.15am
Where possible delegates are allocated to their first preference from the registration form for the small group discussions on Best Practice Topics. Delegates are notified of a group number both prior to and on arrival at the conference.
Topics of Special Interest - Wednesday 10th October from 9.50am and repeated at 10.45am
Four topics, framed as questions, have been identified for inclusion in this session.:
KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Mark McCrindle
BSc (Psychology), MA, QPMR.
Mark McCrindle is Principal of McCrindle Research, a full member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society and accredited with their highest qualification: Qualified Practicing Market Researcher. He holds a BSc (Psychology) from UNSW and a Masters degree in social trends. He is bound by the AMSRS ethics, privacy, and professional charter.
After Dinner Speaker - Emeritus Professor Peter Swannell AM
BSc (Bristol), PhD (Birmingham), HonDUniv (USQ), FIEAust, CPEng(Ret)
Peter Swannell was the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Southern Queensland from November 1996 until September 2003. He joined that University as Foundation Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying in 1990 and was Chair of the Academic Board from 1990-1995.Born near London, he studied Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol and worked as a steel design engineer with Dorman, Long and Company in the North of England. From 1962 – 1970, he was a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham from where he obtained a PhD in 1966. He joined the WSAtkins Group UK, in mid-1970 as Head of its Technical Services Department, a well-paid, boring job.He came to Australia with his wife, Janice, and daughter, Cathy, in 1971, taking up a Senior Lectureship in Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland. He was appointed Reader in Civil Engineering at that University in 1981. His specialist interests were in non-linear structural behaviour, the dynamic behaviour of engineering structures and the stress analysis of welded structures. He is the Chair of the Board of the Queensland Museum and Chairman of the Board of Empire Theatres Pty Ltd. He is a Director of Heritage Building Society and a former Deputy Chair of the Australian Research Council’s Research Training and Careers Committee. His ‘after hours’ interest is in saying silly things and he has talked for far too little money in many of the best venues around Australia and overseas. He also writes a weekly column, ‘Swannell on Wednesday’, for the Toowoomba Chronicle. In 2005, he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), “For services to higher education, particularly through the advancement of distance education and on-line learning opportunities, to engineering as a researcher and teacher, and to the community”.