Australian of the Year Luncheon
“Seeing women in leadership roles and competing internationally is important [for girls to see],” she said. “It gives them the sense that anything is possible.” - Professor Michelle Simmons
The Australian of the Year Luncheon showcases a sensational line up of speakers and performers which gives attendees the opportunity to enjoy lunch and make meaningful connections with a variety of business and community leaders whilst showing your support of the importance of Australia Day in our community.
2018 SPEAKER: PROFESSOR MICHELLE SIMMONS, AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2018
One of the world’s top scientists, Professor Michelle Simmons has pioneered research that could lead to a quantum leap in computing. Since arriving in Australia from Britain 18 years ago, Michelle has transformed the University of NSW Quantum Physics Department into a world leader in advanced computer systems. In 2012, Michelle and her team created the world’s first transistor made from a single atom, along with the world’s thinnest wire. At the forefront of what she calls the “space race of the computing era”, Michelle aims to build a quantum computer able to solve problems in minutes that would otherwise take thousands of years. Such a discovery has the potential to revolutionise drug design, weather forecasting, self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence and more. An evangelist for Australian scientific research and a role model to young scientists everywhere, Michelle actively encourages all students – girls and boys – to dream big, challenge themselves and to achieve ambitious goals in science.
Meet the newly announced 2019 South Australians of the Year including Dr Richard Harris SC OAM
Richard led a team that rescued the Thai soccer players from the flooded cave system against almost impossible odds. He is sure to have some lessons in leadership for us all.
Hayley and Lauren from Adelady
- Vonda Last
- The Heathfield High School Renegade Drum Corps
- Solomn's Lot from Marryatville High School
- Aloysius Leeson Flamenco Dancers
- Poco Tutti
- Carl Crossin and the Elder Conservatorium Chorale
26 November, 2018
Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace
11:45am arrival for a 12pm start; finishing at 3pm
Professor Michelle Simmons, Australian of the Year 2018
$1000 for a table of 10
$110 for individual tickets
$800 for a table of 10 (schools pricing)
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