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, an industry focused panel discussion, and a poster session 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.

Speakers and Round Table Panel

Sujeeva Setunge RMIT – Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

Ian Dagley

Solving Plastic Waste CRC – Bid Leader
Antonella Sola University of Modena and Reggio Emilia – Lifecycle Assessment Lead
Stefano Grassia WAM Group – Business, Marketing & Communication Manager
Deborah Lau CSIRO – Director Ending Plastic Waste Mission
Jim Coulston Vinyl Council of Australia – CEO
Ylias Sabri RMIT University – Research Group Leader
Minoo Naebe Deakin University – Deputy Director of Centre for Sustainable Bioproducts
Tawab Frahmand Sebstainable – CEO
Ranya Simons CSIRO – Group Leader
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
Ahmad Kandjani CSIRO – Research Scientist
Matthew Hoyne Welvic – Commercial Director
Gavin Collis CSIRO – Principal Research Scienist
Luca Tea T Corp – Chairman and CEO


The workshop will feather talks from industry and academia, an industry round table panel forum, a poster session, and tours of CSIRO facilities

Registration: 8:30 – 9:15am

Welcoming Addresses: 9:15 – 9:30 am

Morning Tea: 10:30 – 11am

Lunch: 12:35 – 1:30pm

Afternoon Tea: 3 – 3:30pm

Link available soon.


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


The workshop is organized in partnership with RMIT University


Workshop Organizing Committee and Co-Chairs