Plenary Speakers

Prof. Cather Simpson

Professor Cather Simpson’s research at the University of Auckland’s Physics and Chemistry departments focuses on the interaction of light with matter, particularly how materials can convert light into more useful forms of energy. She is also a Principal Investigator at the Dodd-Walls Centre and a Director at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare. Her research led to the establishment of three companies, including two award-winning companies harnessing the power of microfluidics: Engender Technologies (a sex-sorting business to accelerate genetic gain and cost efficiencies in large animal reproduction) and Orbis Diagnostics (providing revolutionary in-line milking measurement for the dairy industry, using microfluidics technology for protein, fat, somatic cell and progesterone).

Prof. Jeremy Thompson

Professor Thompson is  Head of the Early Development Group at Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide. He is an expert in human reproductive health and livestock production and also the co-founder and chief scientific officer of Fertilis, an innovative start-up company that harness the power of microfluidics to improve IVF. 

Prof. Nam-Trung Nguyen

Professor Nguyen is the Director of the Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre.  His research is focused on microfluidics, nanofluidics, micro/nanomachining technologies, micro/nanoscale science, and instrumentation for biomedical applications. He has published over 500 journal papers and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Senior Member of IEEE.

Prof. Nicole Pamme

Professor Pamme is a Professor in Analytical Chemistry at Stockholm University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and serves as an Associate Editor for Analyst. Her research activities focus on lab-on-a-chip technology for environmental analysis on-site, for clinical diagnostics at the point-of-care and the synthesis of smart materials.