The Sky is the Limit:
Queensland Women and Drones
Drone expert panel, exhibition and networking drinks
‘Drones’, ‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ (UAVs), ‘Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ (UASs); ‘Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems’ (RPASs)... They take us to new places, changing the way we are exploring solutions for security, disaster relief, communications, conservation or agriculture. Meet three successful women in technology who are challenging the way we see the world. Join us for a series of thought provoking presentations followed by an interactive Q&A session and networking drinks around a drone exhibition: small and large UVA's and flight simulator.
Dr Catherine Ball - Corporate and Private National Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2015
"To innovate is to be human"
Dr Catherine Ball is a renowned environmental scientist with business credentials to match. Inspired by a childhood love of the natural world, her breakthrough work focused on sending Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) to remote areas of coastline to observe endangered turtle colonies. Dr Ball is today at the absolute forefront of RPAS technology. Her work at engineering consultancy URS put Australia on the world stage. Exploring new ways RPAs can be used, her research is changing how business and government operate. Since winning Telstra’s Queensland Business Woman of the Year and National Corporate and Private Award, she has advocated for diversity in many spheres of work and life. As a tertiary mentor for The Smith Family for two university students, her social justice and humanitarian work is all important to her. She strongly advocates that environmental and human health are inextricably linked and is a long-time champion for accessibility to science education for all ages, genders, and socio-economic backgrounds. Dr Ball continues to help businesses make informed choices about the preservation of native species. She is an innovator, scientist, business woman, champion of change, and above all, a communicator.
Dr Barbara George-Jaeggli
"When drones became plant breeders – the use of UAVs in the search for interesting plant traits"
Barbara is working for the University of Queensland as part of the ARC-funded Centre of Excellence in Translational Photosynthesis, and working for DAF on GRDC-funded agronomy projects. The main objective of her previous and current work is to increase crop yields in variable environments, be it through pushing the yield ceiling genetically or identifying optimal agronomic practices to ensure yield potentials are achieved in growers’ paddocks. She uses molecular techniques, plant and crop physiological experimentation, proximal and remote sensing and crop modelling to study individual traits at the leaf, plant and crop level.
Dr Angela Daly
"Big Brother in the skies – drones’ privacy implications"
Dr Angela Daly is Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow at QUT Faculty of Law and Australian Privacy Foundation board member. She is a socio-legal scholar of technology and a digital rights activist. Angela has previously worked for the Swinburne Institute for Social Research (Australia), Electronic Frontier Foundation (US) and OFC.
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