Every aspect of the physical and functional world that we live in has been shaped and created through engineering and architectural innovations. With our world rapidly evolving and global challenges such as climate change and over population presenting themselves, how do we adjust to ensure a sustainable future for our society? How do we build and power cities of the future?

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 Professor Eric McFarland
Professor Eric McFarland
Professor Eric McFarland studied nuclear engineering at U.C. Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he received his Ph.D and later joined the Nuclear Engineering Department faculty. He has an international reputation for his research, which over the last ten years has been in catalysis and fundamental chemical science related to energy and chemical conversions. In 1991, he moved to the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where his research focus shifted to chemical reaction phenomena and catalysis. Prior to his move to The University of Queensland in 2014 to become the inaugural Director of UQ’s Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation, he was a Professor of Chemical Engineering at UCSB. Professor McFarland has worked extensively with industry and started and led several technology companies based on university research, among them Symyx Technologies and Gas Reaction Technologies. He has also studied medicine and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and practiced emergency medicine part-time until 2005; he has continued to serve as a volunteer physician for several relief agencies. In January 2016, Professor McFarland returned to the University of California, Santa Barbara where he will retain collaborative projects with UQ and the Dow Centre.
 Dr Paola Leardini
Dr Paola Leardini
Dr Leardini is a Senior Lecturer at UQ’s School of Architecture. She studied architecture with focus on green technologies in Milan, Berlin, Leicester and Copenhagen. Her doctorate on energy efficiency and IEQ was undertaken with the guidance of Prof. Fanger, one of the world’s leading experts in the field of thermal comfort. She has worked as an ESD designer and consultant, and taught in tertiary institutions in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and New Zealand. Dr Leardini’s professional and academic work aims at dissolving the apparent dichotomy between design and performance in architecture. Her main research focus is on energy efficiency and comfort of new and existing building stock; she has contributed to major urban regeneration and social housing retrofit programs in Italy and New Zealand, where also became founding member of the Passive House Institute New Zealand and actively contributed to the uptake of low energy standards. Her studies have been published internationally; she serves as a reviewer of scientific journals and has been invited to join judging panels of prestigious sustainable architecture competitions. Besides her major commitment in the CRC Water Sensitive Cities, her current research also includes: performance assessment of certified green buildings, smart technologies and engineered timber solutions for sustainable built environments.

Professor Carl Prato
Prior to joining UQ’s School of Civil Engineering as a Professor of Transport, Professor Prato worked at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and the Technical University of Denmark before joining UQ at the beginning of 2016. His PhD from Politecnico di Torino in Italy focused on route choice behaviour of car drivers. It is his natural curiosity and his passion for behavioural modelling that drives his research into understanding what makes people behave the way they do as pedestrians, cyclists, public transport users, and car drivers. His research also looks at how people value congestion and reliability of transport systems, react to legislation trying to make their journeys safer, and adapt to novel technologies. Professor Prato contributes to the advancement of science in this cross-disciplinary environment by presenting and publishing contributions in prestigious conferences and journals as well as serving as a reviewer and editorial board member of journals spanning from engineering to psychology and medicine.

About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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