Event Report: YEF Professional Speaker Series on Nanotechnology

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On 6 September, the German-Australian Chamber, together with AmCham, invited members and friends to the YEF Professional Speakers Series on the topic 'Nanotechnology in Your Daily Life'. The event hosted was hosted by the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST) at the University of Sydney. Around 40 guests had the chance to witness a panel discussion between three experts of the Institute in the areas Communications, Computing and Security, Energy and Environment as well as Health and Medicine.

Guests arrived at 5:30 pm at the Sydney Nanosciene Hub of AINST to refreshments and canapés and had the opportunity to network. They were asked to take their seats in one of the lecture theatres, with some of them no doubt reminiscing about their time as students.   

After words of welcome by Lars Mehlan (Director of Events & Marketing at the Chamber) and Freya Zemek (Project Manager at AmCham), Dr Gunther Schmidt (COO at AINST) was introduced to the audience. He welcomed the guests on behalf of AINST and dived right into the field of nanotechnology by showcasing various relevant applications.

After covering the vast dimensions and microscopic areas of nanoscience, along with the specific research that is conducted at AINST, he emphasised the important role of nanotechnology in the past, present and future. He then introduced the panellists Professor Xiaoke Yi (Department of Communications, Computing and Security), Associate Professor Andrew Minett, (Nanotechnology in Energy and Environment) and Dr Wojciech Chrzanowski (Health and Medicine). Dr Wojciech Chrzanowski talked about nanoparticles and the health risk that they can pose, explained their appearance in chewing gum, fridges and odour-oppressing fabrics and was happy to answer specific questions from the audience. Associate Professor Andrew Minett described the specific gains in efficiency that humans can benefit from in the usage of nanotechnology, as well as how they can be used to generate energy. Professor Xiaoke Yi not only talked about the future of robotic surgery, but also gave an insight into the multidisciplinary research fields in which nanotechnology may play a part in the future. She also touched briefly on the widely discussed field of artificial intelligence and the future of telecommunications. Gunther then invited the audience to participate in a Q&A session, which generated some interesting questions and even more compelling answers from the panellists.

Unfortunately, this very interesting discussion had to come to an end eventually. Lars Mehlan thanked the panellists and host for their contribution and invited all guests to continue networking in the AINST foyer over some canapés and drinks, where they also had the chance to approach the panellists directly with any additional questions.

Special thanks go to AINST for hosting this YEF Professional Speaker Series event and for opening its doors to guests of both chambers. The panellists were undoubtedly the stars of the night, sharing intriguing insights with chamber guests. It was wonderful to work together with AmCham on this event and the Chamber looks forward to its next joint event: a Business Lunch with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian MP on 10 November.

Please click here to view more photos of the event on Flickr.