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Linking academia and industry together through research
Our dedicated hubs bring together industry, academia and students to foster collaboration and progress in specialist areas.

Our hubs are built around large concepts that provide an interdisciplinary perspective with multiple levels of analysis.

They are designed to bring together industry, academia and students to foster collaboration and progress in the specialist areas of energy and humanitarian engineering.

Energy Hub

Energy drives economies and sustains societies. Presently, energy production and use is amongst the largest contributors to global warming.

Our Energy Hub is focused on fostering industry-led collaborations with academia and government as well as promoting excellence and innovation in advanced engineering within the energy sector.

It’s focused on the energy journey, the opportunities and challenges, as well as the policies needed to achieve the results and make Australia a leader in new energy.

Furthermore, it supports the University of Sydney’s target of net zero emissions by 2030 by focusing and facilitating linkages and projects between the university and industry in energy engineering.

Energy Hub members are leaders within the energy sector from industry, academia, and government who volunteer time and expertise to participate in activities.

Membership is by invitation and open to those who are passionate about future opportunities in energy technology, policy, planning, and investment.

Please contact Mike Dureau for further details:  

The world of digital energy: A focus on virtual power plants

Explore how industries today are having to transform due to the accelerating digitisation of devices and processes, particularly in the energy industry.

This forum featured leading experts from the Faculty of Engineering, Nokia and AGL, and was proudly presented by Nokia.

Digital Energy Systems paper was released to coincide with this event.

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Humanitarian Engineering Hub

Humanitarian engineering is the application of engineering for humanitarian aid purposes.

It combines multiple engineering disciplines to address the world’s crises and humanitarian emergencies, and to improve the wellbeing of marginalised populations in developing countries and fragile states. ​

Our Humanitarian Engineering Hub provides a forum for the promotion of humanitarian engineering within the context of international development, with a focus on the application of technology and innovation. 

Its focus is on post disaster relief and enhancing benefits to recipient communities in developing countries.   ​

Humanitarian Engineering Hub members will be able to access a number of activities, including: ​

  • regular in person and online seminars and webinars with key speakers on relevant topics and research,
  • connection to the annual Humanitarian Innovation Awards (the current Ron Johnston Awards), which are well established with proven record,
  • briefings on humanitarian engineering research within the Faculty of Engineering, and involvement in and ability to initiate research activities,
  • opportunities for engaging with our humanitarian engineering undergraduates and postgraduate researchers as interns, and
  • networking opportunities with fellow practitioners involved in this important field. ​

There is to be no charge to Humanitarian Engineering Hub members, other than for major events, when these are organised.

Register to become a member

Green future with clean energy – Papua New Guinea's Hydropower potential

The Government of Papua New Guinea, the largest country in the Pacific region, aims to provide electricity to 70% of its population by 2030. This webinar will present an overview of Papua New Guinea’s potential, policy and plans for hydropower development, along with some details of specific projects that have been identified for implementation as priorities including mini-hydro schemes. 

Register for the webinar on 25 May

Safeguards: A discussion

This webinar continued the conversation from our previous webinar on Safeguards.

Topics included emergency response, inclusion of marginalised community in communication, ensuring good standards are maintained during construction, the delays experienced by the local approval process, as well as steps to getting into Humanitarian Engineering

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Safegaurds: Why we need them

This webinar explored the importance of implementing safeguards when working to build infrastructure in less regulated environments. 

It featured speakers who, while working on humanitarian and development projects, are protecting communities, workers, and the environment.

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The Tonga eruption and tsunami: Emergency in the Pacific

This webinar addressed the immediate response to the Tonga eruption and tsunami that occurred on 15 January 2022.

It featured leading experts from GFDRR and the Pacific Telecommunications Council who discussed emergency response in the Pacific.

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Humanitarian engineering: A student's perspective

Our Professor Ron Johnston Humanitarian Innovation Awards are a highlight in the engineering student calendar, attracting fierce competition amongst university undergraduates throughout Australia

In this webinar, students presented their innovative solutions in response to a broad range of diverse engineering challenges in community development and post disaster reconstruction.

Watch the webinar now