Dr Nigel Helyer

Dr Nigel Helyer (a.k.a. DrSonique) is an independent sculptor and sound-artist – a contemporary polymath whose work links Art and Science, or more accurately Poesis and Teche in a strong embrace of the environment, identity and cultural history.  He has forged an international reputation for large scale sound-sculpture installations, environmental public artworks, museum inter-actives and new media projects. http://www.sonicobjects.com

Jessica Kirkness

Jessica is a PhD candidate and creative writer in the department of ‘Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies’ at Macquarie University, Sydney. Her interdisciplinary research straddles the margins of Disability Studies, Deaf Studies, and emerging discourses around creative nonfiction and ethnographic research. Her current research is focused on the nexus of deafness and literature.

A/Prof Nathaniel Marshall

Nat Marshall is a mid-career clinical trialist and population-health epidemiologist specialising in sleep disorders. He is a University-employed Associate Professor at the Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney and a Research Theme Leader at the Woolcock Institute for Medical Research. His PhD (2005) was in public health from Massey University in NZ followed by postdoctoral appointments at the Woolcock Institute (2005-2011). His major research focus is to quantify the health effects of sleep disorders and sleep loss and investigate new therapies.

Prof Stephen Leeder


Professor Stephen Leeder is the director of the Research and Education Network, Western Sydney Local Health District. He is also an emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Sydney and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Epidemiology. Professor Leeder’s academic career includes public health research, educational development and policy with research interests in asthma and cardiovascular disease. From 2011 to December 2016, Professor Leeder was chair of the Western Sydney Local Health District Board, from 1997 to 2003, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney and, from 2004 to 2014 he directed the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, focusing on policy research for cost-effective, comprehensive prevention and care of chronic illnesses.

Prof Steven Sherwood

Steven studies how the various processes in the atmosphere conspire to establish climate, how these processes might be expected to control the way climate changes, and how the atmosphere will ultimately interact with the oceans and other components of Earth. Clouds, water vapour and atmospheric convection (for example, storms) in particular remain poorly understood in many respects, but are very important not only in bringing rain locally but also to global climate. These topics are studied by way of theoretical modelling, analysis of detailed simulations of physical processes, and statistical methods applied to observations.

Prof. Vladimir Strezov

Vladimir Strezov is a Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Macquarie University, Australia. He completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Prof Strezov leads a research team working on a range of topics dealing with renewable and sustainable energy technologies and reduction of environmental pollution of industrial processes. Prof Strezov is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Cleaner Production and is editorial board member on a number of journals and conferences dealing with clean energy and sustainability. Prof Strezov is Advisory Panel member for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, assessing program funding applications and providing expert specialist advice for project applications that commercialise renewable energy technologies in Australia.