Meet the Professors – 18 September


The 2019 Meet the Professors series is a wonderful chance for students and staff to celebrate the careers and achievements of our newly promoted and recruited professors. Our speakers will share their specialist knowledge and provide insights into ‘what’ and ‘who’ influenced their lives and careers.

Professor Oya Demirbilek, UNSW Built Environment
Lecture: Better life in cities for all with accessible and inclusive design

Most common disabilities are invisible, such as arthritis, musculoskeletal problems, heart disease, respiratory problem, mental illness, and nervous system disorders. Anyone of us can become disabled or overcome physical or mental disabilities in a lifetime. The environments people live and work in and the devices and objects they interact with daily have a huge impact on a person’s experience and extent of ability and disability. This becomes quite complicated in a context where we are predicted to reach 9.4 billion people, in 2050, with close to 20% of this being above the age of 65, and 75% of the people living in big cities, that occupy 2% of the world. A large portion of my research has been on participatory design methods, accessible design, and inclusive design. I will share some of it with you today, through examples from cities.

Please see Professor Oya Demirbilek webpage HERE.

Professor Alistair Sproul, School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering
Lecture: The Long and Winding Road – Photovoltaics and Energy Efficiency

Global warming continues to be a monumental challenge facing our society. Photovoltaics and energy efficiency have come a long way and are now playing a significant role in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. My entire career has been in this field since I landed my first engineering position at BP Solar’s production facility in Sydney in 1985. Through this talk I will discuss some of the pathways that I have explored in photovoltaics and energy efficiency to develop technologies and energy systems that can be utilised to transition to a society powered by 100% renewable energy.

Please see Professor Alistair Sproul webpage HERE.


Location: The Chancellery, Council Chambers (C22), UNSW Sydney, Kensington.
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Venue Name: The Chancellery, Council Chambers

Wheelchair Accessible I Accessible Toilet I Accessible drop off zone
Any guests attending events can be dropped off directly out the front of the main entrance. Vehicles need to arrive via High Street, Gate 9. Vehicles need to follow the road speed limit.
There is accessible parking near the venue. However, these parking bays are subject to availability. Please refer to B23 on the MAP.

Additional Information: A wheelchair pathway to the main entrance is available.
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UNSW GATE 9 The Chancellery - Council Chambers Kensington Sydney, NSW 2052
Event date: 
18 Sep 2019 3:30pm to 4:30pm