• Date: Sunday 22 August
  • Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
  • Venue: Virtual Auditorium 

The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum and the Science Teachers Association NSW have teamed up to present 'Propelled by Science' as part of 7 Decades in 7 Days, a week-long celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Science Teachers Association for NSW in and around National Science Week.  

'Propelled by Science' is a provocative talk fest exploring the future of energy, audiences will hear how scientific advancement in energy production has propelled our progress and discover what the future has in stall for us. A fitting end to our 7 days of celebrating. 


Sam Riggall - CEO Sunrise

Sam Riggall is Chief Executive Officer of Sunrise Energy Metals Ltd, an ASX-listed company focused on development of Australia’s largest base metals project - the Sunrise Battery Materials Complex in central NSW.  Once built, Sunrise will be one of the world’s largest integrated battery material plants and establish Australia as a key supplier into global electric vehicle supply chains.  Sam is also a director of VRB Energy, a global leader in vanadium redox flow battery technology.  

Sunrise Energy Metals is a world leader in hydrometallurgy, employing ion exchange technologies to selectively extract metals at extremely high efficiency.  

Sam brings significant insight to the impact of disruptive technologies on metals markets, and has a strong track record of identifying and building value through innovation. He is also a Steering Committee Member of the World Materials Forum, was recently appointed to the Commonwealth Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Initiative for Critical Minerals and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy. 

Dr Mark Ho 

Dr Mark Ho works at ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation), specialising in reactor cooling systems analysis. He’s interested in reactor design, computational fluid dynamics, coding and boiling dynamics. He supervises undergrad, masters and PhD students on the topics of advanced reactors & nuclear systems and is active in IAEA discussions on the topic of SMRs (Small Modular Reactors). Mark also serves as Vice President of the Australian Nuclear Association, a professional organisation promoting the peaceful, safe and effective use of nuclear science and technology.  


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