Public Speaking

Upcoming speaking engagements:

  • EPRI Webinar, “The practicalities of transforming Australia’s electricity”, 8th November.
  • CIGRE B4/C4 Seminar “The impact of power electronics on network performance and stability”, chairing a panel session on “How must the Australian power system evolve and change to prepare for a future of 100% renewable energy and storage“.  3pm, 10th November, University of Queensland, Brisbane.
  • WindAc Africa Conference, South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), “Managing low inertia in Australian Grids“, and “Lessons from the Australian System Black out“, 14-15 November 2017, Cape Town, South Africa.

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Past speaking engagements include:

2017:

  • Singapore Energy Studies Institute, Expert Consultation Workshop, 9-10 October 2017, Singapore.
  • IET Tasmania Network, Sir Victor Burley Lecture, “When rubber hits the road:  The practicalities of transforming Australia’s electricity grid“, Hobart, University of Tasmania, 21 September 2017.
  • Big Picture Energy, National Science Week, “The practicalities of transforming Australia’s electricity”, Queensland Museum, 18 August 2017.
  • CIDER (CIGRE Integration of Distributed Energy Resources) conference, opening session, “Operating South Australia with high distributed photovoltaics“, 15 August 2017, Sydney.
  • PSMRG (Power System Modelling Reference Group), “Fast Frequency Response“, and “Modelling of RoCoF withstand capabilities“, Annual Meeting, Crowne Plaza, Adelaide 20-21 July 2017.
  • KALL (Knowledge Acquisitions and Lessons Learnt) “Fast Frequency Response“, AEMO Brisbane, 19 July 2017.
  • NEMOC (National Electricity Market Operating Committee), “Projecting needs for Regulation FCAS“, AEMO Brisbane, 28 June 2017.
  • BrisScience, “Transforming Australia’s Electricity System“, 19 June 2017.
  • Clean Energy Council (CEC) Solar Industry Forum, “Grid connection and integration“, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 11 May 2017
  • IET, “Present Around the World” competition, Gala Dinner “When the rubber hits the road – the practicalities of transforming Australia’s power system“, Brisbane, 5 May 2017.
  • QUT Seminar, “Anticipating and addressing security challenges in an evolving power system“, Brisbane, Z-1064 (Gibson Rm) QUT Gardens Pt, 5 May 2017.
  • Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF), “Australia’s Energy Future – Achieving the goals of energy security, sustainability and affordability“, Bloomberg, 1 Bligh St, Sydney, 2 March 2017.
  • Clean Energy Council (CEC) Wind Industry Forum, “Integrating wind into ancillary services markets“, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 23 March 2017.
  • The Clean Energy Finance Corporation, “Identifying and addressing future power system security challenges“, Sydney, 2 March 2017.
  • The Energy Transition Show (Podcast), “Electricity sector transformation in Australia“.
  • Australian Power Institute (API) Summer School, “Identifying and addressing future power system security challenges“, Adelaide, 22 February 2017.
  • Expert Technical Workshop, Joint workshop by International Energy Agency (IAE) and EirGrid, IEA Grid Integration of Variable Renewables (GIVAR) programme, “AEMO’s Future Power System Security Program“.  31 January 2017, Dublin.
  • International Energy Agency (IAE) Grid Integration of Variable Renewables (GIVAR) Programme, Advisory Group Meeting, “South Australia – Lessons learnt from the 28 September blackout“, 30 January 2017, Dublin.
  • EirGrid, Presentation to managers, “AEMO’s Future Power System Security Program“.  26 January 2017, Dublin.
  • Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) Networks, “AEMO’s Future Power System Security Program“.  20 January 2017, Belfast.
  • EirGrid’s DS3 Advisory Council Meeting, “AEMO’s Future Power System Security Program“.  19 January 2017, Belfast.
  • Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), Presentation to CER Senior Management, “AEMO’s Future Power System Security Program“.  18 January 2017, Dublin.

2016:

  • Curious Minds, Girls in STEM, Panel Session, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 December 2016.
  • NEM Wholesale Consultative Forum, AEMO, “International Review of Frequency Control Adaptation“, 30 November 2016.
  • AEMO Knowledge Acquisition and Lessons Learnt (KALL), “International Review of Frequency Control Adaptation“, 14 November 2016.
  • AEMC Technical Workshop, “International Review of Frequency Control Adaptation“, 3 November 2016.
  • AEMO Congestion Modelling Team, “Future Power System Security Program:  Frequency Control“, 20 October 2016.
  • Australian Institute of Energy (AIE) Symposium on the Renewable Energy Target, “Anticipating and Addressing Security Challenges in an Evolving Power System“, 10 October 2016.
  • AEMO in an Hour, “Future Power System Security Program“, 15 September 2016.
  • AEMO Knowledge Acquisition and Lessons Learnt (KALL), “Frequency Control – Managing Rate of Change of Frequency (RoCoF)“,  5 September 2016.
  • AEMO Roadshow, “The Future Power System Security Program – Frequency Control“, August 2016 (Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane).
  • Plant Modelling Reference Group (PMRG), “Future Power System Security Program”, Sydney, 15 July 2016.
  • Australian Power Institute Summer School, “Renewable Energy in Australia – Challenges and Opportunities“, SurfAir Beach Hotel and Conference Centre, Marcoola Beach, Sunshine Coast, 24 February 2016.
  • Solar Supercharge, “Getting to 100% renewables – what will it take?“, QUT Gardens Point, 14th February 2016.

2015:

2014:

  • CIGRE AGM – Paris Session report, 7th November 2014
  • Engineers Australia, 100% Renewable Energy, Melbourne, 20th November 2014
  • Australian Energy Market Commission – 100% Renewable Energy, Wednesday 8th October
  • Guest Lecture for Engineering Fundamentals for Environmental Management course, University of New South Wales, IES, Wednesday 8th October
  • AEMC Stakeholder Forum, OFA Transitional Access, Sydney, 14 August 2014.
  • IEEE Power and Energy Society 2014 General Meeting, “Examining the viability of Energy-only Markets with High Renewable Penetrations“, 27-31 July 2014, Washington, D.C.
  • Improving European Power Market Design Workshop, “The Australian NEM – a model for Europe?“, Stockholm, 7 July 2014.
  • Joint Electrical Institutions lecture program (EA/IEEE/IET), “100% Renewables for Australia?  Challenges and Opportunities”, 26 June 2014, Sydney.
  • Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) society Industry Networking Evening, Wednesday 14th May 2014, Tyree room 365, UNSW Kensington Campus.
  • New Zealand Wind Energy Conference, Keynote presentation, “Wind as the new baseload“, Welllington, 15th April 2014
  • New Zealand Wind Energy Conference, “Market design for integrating wind“, Welllington, 15th April 2014
  • Australian Power Institute (API) Summer School, “Electric Vehicle Integration – benefits and impacts“, Sunshine Coast, Tuesday 25th February 2014.
  • Australian Power Institute (API) Summer School, “Energy productivity and pricing fundamentals, Sunshine Coast, Monday 17th February 2014

2013:

  • Beyond Zero Emissions Public Discussion Group – Modelling of 100% Renewable Energy.  Monday 11th November 2013.
  • Wind Prospect Newcastle – 100% Renewable Energy for Australia – Pipe Dream or Inevitable Reality?  Monday 4th November 2013.
  • Epuron Sydney – 100% Renewable Energy for Australia – Pipe Dream or Inevitable Reality?  Friday 1st November 2013.
  • Guest Lecture ELEC5206 (sustainable energy systems) – carbon pricing and renewable energy markets.  Wednesday 30th October 2013.
  • Wind Integration Workshop – Frequency Control Ancillary Services – Is Australia a Model Market for Renewable Integration?  London, 22-24 October 2013
  • Solar Integration Workshop – 100% Renewables – Will Australia Need a Capacity Market?  London, 21-22 October 2013
  • Berlin Conference on Electricity Economics – Modelling and Policy in the Energy Transformation – Germany, Europe and Beyond.  Market Design for renewable integration in Australia – need for capacity instruments?  Berlin, Germany, 10th October 2013.
  • Guest Lecture IEST7500 (Fundamentals in Engineering for Environmental Management) – Challenges associated with renewable energy integration and adaptation of the electricity sector to climate change, Wednesday 18th September 2013.
  • Panel presenter, Launch of the Katter Australian Party Energy Policy (independent critique), Thursday 29th August 2013.
  • Guest Lecture ELEC9715 – Wednesday 21st August 2013, 6pm.  Frequency Control Ancillary Services.
  • Progressing Renewable Energy, Industry Symposium – Hunter Valley / Central Coast (16 August 2013), Newcastle City Hall, The Hunter Room.  100% Renewable Energy – Opportunities for the Hunter Valley.
  • Clean Energy Week (25 July 2013, 11am) – Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre – Energy Market Conundra – Market design for renewable integration
  • Clean Energy Week (25 July 2013, 1.30pm) – Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre – Grid Connection – Evolution and Risk Management – The Optional Firm Access model
  • Environmental Careers Expo (23 July 2013) – Queensland State Library, Southbank, Brisbane.
  • University of Melbourne Forum (27 June 2013) – How are renewable technologies impacting the price of electricity?
  • Guest Lecture – ELEC9714, UNSW (21 May 2013) – 100% Renewable Energy for Australia (Sydney)
  • Gala Dinner Keynote Speaker – Institution of Engineering and Technology, QLD Network (19 April 2013).  Speaking on the feasibility and motivations for 100% renewable energy (Brisbane)
  • Clean Energy Council (16 April 2013) – System Adequacy – Managing system reliability with renewables (Melbourne)
  • University of Melbourne Seminar (15 April 2013) – 100% renewables: will the electricity market work? (Melbourne)
  • Australian Power Institute Summer School (25 Feb 2013) – Electric Vehicles impacts on electricity markets (Adelaide)
  • QLD Energy Conference (20 Feb 2013) – The future of LNG in Australia (Brisbane)
  • Australian Power Institute Summer School (18 Feb 2013) – Energy productivity and pricing fundamentals (Adelaide)
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Seminar – (6 Jan 2013) – Renewable integration in Australia (Colorado, USA)
  • AECOM Los Angeles Seminar (18 Jan 2013) – Renewable generation in Australia (Los Angeles, USA)

2012:

  • Australian Institute of Energy (AIE) Annual Conference (20 Nov 2012) – Australia’s Energy Future: Air Water Fire Earth.  Spoiled for Choice?  100% Renewables – will the electricity market work? (Sydney)
  • Careers that Shape the World (14 July 2011) – From Physics to the best job in the world (Brisbane)
  • Australian Institute of Energy (AIE) Clean Energy Future Forum (14 May 2012) – The Renewable Market – moving from uncertainty to opportunity.
  • Australian Power Institute Summer School (20 Feb 2012) – Carbon pricing & electricity – what will a carbon price mean for electricity in Australia? (Latrobe Valley)
  • Clean Energy Council (13 Feb 2012) – The “Merit Order Effect” – How will renewables affect electricity prices? (Melbourne)

2011:

  • Solar Integration Workshop (24 Oct 2011) – Impacts of electricity markets on solar development – An Australian Case Study (Aarhus, Denmark)
  • Wind Forecasting Workshop (24 Oct 2011) – Wind Insight – A tool for predicting large rapid changes in wind power (Aarhus, Denmark)
  • Wind Integration Workshop (26 Oct 2011) – Frequency Control Ancillary Service Requirements with Wind Generation – Australian Projections (Aarhus, Denmark)
  • Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG) (13 Oct 2011) – Frequency Control Ancillary Service Requirements with Wind Generation – Australian Projections (Hawaii, USA)
  • Cologne University, Institute of Energy Economics (EWI) (Oct 2011) – Renewable Energy in Australia – Challenges for small electricity markets (Cologne, Germany)
  • ElectraNet (8 Sept 2011) – Assessment of commerciality of wind farm developments in SA (Adelaide)
  • Seminar series – Queensland University of Technology (July 2011) – Carbon pricing and electricity” (Brisbane)
  • Panel session – Queensland Law Society (March 2011) – Future of Energy (Brisbane)
  • Australian Power Institute Summer School (Feb 2011) – Carbon pricing & electricity – what will a carbon price mean for electricity in Australia? (Hunter Valley, NSW)

2010:

  • Clean Energy Council (Aug & Sept 2010) – Wind congestion modelling (Melbourne)
  • Australian Investors Association (July 2010) – Investment Risks and Opportunities in the Energy Sector
  • National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) (30 June 2010) – Adaptation in the Electricity Sector (Gold Coast)
  • Colloquium – University of Queensland (April 2010) – Electricity modelling and Renewable Energy (Brisbane)
  • Australian Power Institute Summer School (Feb 2010) – Carbon pricing & electricity – what will a carbon price mean for electricity in Australia? (Sunshine Coast)

2009:

  • Greenhouse Conference (26 Mar 2009) – Renewable Energy Options for Australia (Perth)
  • Greenhouse Conference (26 Mar 2009) – The Australian Youth Climate Coalition (Perth)
  • QLD Energy Conference (Feb 2009) – Renewable Energy Options for Queensland (Brisbane)
  • Townsville Enterprise (Jan 2009) – Renewable generation options for North Queensland (Townsville)

2008:

  • SKM Thought Leadership Forum (Aug 2008) – Issues affecting the practicality of achieving the 20% by 2020 Renewable Energy Target (Canberra)
  • Powerlink (April 2008) – ROAM’s modelling capabilities in modelling of renewable energy and transmission congestion (Brisbane)
  • CEEM Seminar (15 Feb 2008) – What will be the impact of the expanded MRET on the NEM? (Sydney)

Prior to 2008:

  • Young Science Ambassador – Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2004, 2006).  Awarded for excellence in science communication, this involved extensive public speaking on science throughout 2004 and 2006.
  • Climate Change Seminars – I organised and conducted a series of public seminars to raise awareness about climate change during 2006 and 2007.
  • Science Circus – I co-founded the UQ Physics Demo Troupe, training university students to take fun science shows and workshops to schools around Brisbane and the outback including Mt Isa, Charleville and the Torres Strait Islands (2003-2007).

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Academic presentations during my PhD studies included:

  • Materials Research Society Fall Meeting (Boston, 2006)
  • Australian Institute of Physics Congress (2005, 2006)
  • Biophysical Society Annual Meeting (Baltimore, 2004)
  • Harvard University (2006)
  • Oxford University (2006)
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