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, 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!
Hayley and Lauren from Adelady
- Carl Crossin and the Elder Conservatorium Chorale
- The Heathfield High School Drum Corps
- Aloysius Leeson Flamenco Dancers
- Poco Tutti
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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