By the year 2050, the human population is forecast to expand to nine billion people, requiring 50 per cent more fuel, 70 per cent more food and 50 per cent more fresh water. Sustaining life on earth in the face of increasing demand for resources, coupled with the challenges of climate change and rapid urbanisation, requires transformative and urgent solutions. How will we create a viable bio-economy using renewable resources? And can we weave integrated production systems for fuel, food and pharmaceuticals into the fabric of mega-cities? Will tiny green algae and sunlight provide the answer? We think they will. 


Ben Hankamer

Ben Hankamer is the founding Director of the IMB Centre for Solar Biotechnology at the University Queensland. He specializes in the development of next generation microalgae biotechnologies. He trained in Liverpool, The University of London and Imperial College and specializes in photosynthesis, structural biology and microalgae systems scale up for the production of foods, fuels and high value products and systems for water purification. Ben has led or been involved in numerous research grants and consultancies and worked with over 15 industry partners in the last decade and has been awarded both ARC DORA fellowship and Eisenhower fellowships.

Karen Hussey

Karen is (Acting) Director of the Global Change Institute at the University Queensland. Trained as a political scientist and economist, Karen’s research is in the area of public policy and governance, particularly relating to sustainable development. Karen has led or been involved in numerous research grants and consultancies in the last decade in the area of water policy, climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and international trade. Karen was based in Brussels for four years as the ANU Vice Chancellor’s Representative in Europe and she currently holds a number of board appointments in the not-for-profit sector.

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