Innovation Lecture Series

The Warren Centre’s Innovation Lecture Series and our Innovation Hero Awards put successful Australian innovators in the public spotlight, showcasing innovation across the engineering universe. We are privileged to present an exemplary selection of Australian achievers, and to recognise great individual accomplishments in innovation.

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Marita Cheng presenting The Warren Centre’s 2016 Innovation Lecture

Our 2016 Innovation Lecture was presented in September 2016 by Marita Cheng, founder of Robogals, 2Mar and Aipoly, and former Young Australian of the Year.

Marita discussed her experiences in the Australian tech world as an entrepreneur, engineer, and humanitarian – and considered how we can bring together businesss and engineering to develop technology solutions that change people’s lives. View video highlights / view Twitter highlights.

The 2015 Innovation Lecture was presented in November 2015 by Salah Sukkarieh, Professor of Robotic & Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney and introduced by the then Assistant Minister for Innovation, the Hon Wyatt Roy MP.

The 2014 Innovation Lecture Series: Beyond Earth was presented by Enrico Palermo, VP Operations for The Spaceship Company/Virgin Galactic in September 2014, with an additional lecture in February 2015 from Professor Brian Schmidt AC FRS on Understanding our Universe.

You can view highlights from our Innovation Lectures on our Vimeo channel, or see below for more information on all topics:


Professor Salah Sukkarieh presented the 2015 Innovation Lecture on the automated future