Welcome to our Autumn edition of Lumen
Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mike Brooks
In this edition we say farewell to Professor Warren Bebbington, who has retired after five years as our Vice-Chancellor and President. On behalf of the University community, I would like to thank him for his outstanding leadership and vision, and wish him all the best for the next chapter.
I would also like to extend my appreciation and best wishes to the outgoing members of the University’s Alumni Council – to Dr Tim Cooper, AM, in particular, who has served as the Council’s inaugural Chair since its inception in 2014 and to our other members, Mr Jim Whalley, Mr David Wong, Mr John Hancock and Ms Louisa Rose, who recently completed their term of service. My congratulations go to Dr Chelsea Liu and Mr Dale Manson who have been successfully re-elected by the Faculty of the Professions, and the Waite and Roseworthy Alumni (respectively) for another term and to Mr Jarrad Taylor on his first time election as alumni repetitive for the Faculty of Sciences.
In this bumper edition of Lumen we give you a look inside our new $246 million Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building – the biggest capital works project in the University’s history, bringing our students and researchers into the heart of South Australia’s Biomedical precinct in the West End.
We also have features on some of our key strategic initiatives: defence, food innovation and entrepreneurship.
You will meet Professor Michael Webb, our Director of Defence and Security, who is bringing together our world class researchers’ work in partnership with defence and industry to develop innovative technologies to help give our Australian Defence Force a real edge.
You will also meet Professor Andy Lowe, who has a similar role in the Food Innovation area, bringing together hundreds of researchers across the faculties to help make our food and wine industries more innovative and competitive.
And on our cover, you’ve seen Professor Noel Lindsay, who’s heading up our new ThincLab Adelaide Innovation Hub. This new initiative on our North Terrace campus will foster partnerships and innovation, to help nurture start-ups and take ideas to commercialisation.
You can also read about some of our most entrepreneurial alumni, Drs Don and Michelle Perugini, who are using their passion and expertise to help start-ups.