CSIRO and RMIT University invite you to join us for an engaging workshop navigating the landscape of waste upcycling and sustainability in Australia.  Our goal is to foster collaboration between industry leaders and researchers, forging a path towards more sustainable upcycling processes. The workshop will feature key presentations from sector leaders, and an industry focused panel discussion highlighting key technological developments and capabilities. Delve into the complexities of industry challenges, and explore innovative solutions that harness modern technologies and multidisciplinary science. Together, let’s seize the opportunity to create a greener, more sustainable future for Australia.


PLEASE NOTE In-person registrations are now closed as we have reached venue capacity. However, if you would like to attend virtually online, you can send an email here to receive a video link.

Speakers and Round Table Panel

Antonella Sola University of Modena and Reggio Emilia – Lifecycle Assessment Lead
Ian Dagley Solving Plastic Waste CRC – Bid Leader

Sujeeva Setunge

RMIT University – Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation
Alessandro Bini WAM Group – Managing Director
Deborah Lau CSIRO – Director Ending Plastic Waste Mission
Jim Coulston Vinyl Council of Australia – CEO
Minoo Naebe Deakin University – Deputy Director of Centre for Sustainable Bioproducts
Ylias Sabri RMIT University – Research Group Leader
Ranya Simons CSIRO – Group Leader
Adam Best CSIRO – Co-Director Renewable Energy Powerhouse
Tawab Frahmand Sebstainable – CEO
Kalpit Shah RMIT University – Associate Dean Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Jan Haesner BASF – Business Manager, Catalysts and Adsorbents
Melissa Skidmore CSIRO – Team Leader
Vladimir Finn Net Zero Stack – CEO
Namita Roy Choudhury

RMIT University – Acting Associate Dean: Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Ahmad Kandjani CSIRO – Research Scientist
Matthew Hoyne Welvic – Commercial Director
Tamaki Kaga Futamura – Manager
Richard Wraith Matthews / Steer – Partner and Head of Advisory Team
Gavin Collis CSIRO – Principal Research Scientist
Stefano Grassia WAM Group – Business, Marketing & Communication Manager
Nick Walker Ikon Services – Head of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG)
Stephen McIntyre Bioplant Energy


The workshop will feature talks from industry and academia, an industry round table panel discussion

Registration: 8:30 – 9:10am

Welcoming Addresses: 9:10 – 9:30 am

Morning Tea: 10:30 – 11:00am

Lunch: 12:30 – 1:30pm

Afternoon Tea: 3:00 – 3:30pm

Downloadable workshop program is available here


Attending In Person

The symposium will be held at the Ian Wark Lecture Theatre on the CSIRO Clayton Campus, directly opposite Monash University. Please enter via the Main Entrance and head to the Central/Main Reception which is directly in front of the CSIRO entrance. The address is:
Research Way
Clayton Victoria 3168
More information about the site can be found at: CSIRO Clayton

Attending Online

A link to join via MS Teams will be posted here shortly


The workshop is organized in partnership with RMIT University


Workshop Organizing Committee and Co-Chairs