Orana and Central West opportunities to be examined at inaugural O2N Forum
The Orana Opportunity Network (O2N) will host an online Forum of over 100 delegates from the mining, technology, resources, energy and infrastructure sectors for the inaugural O2N 2022 Resources, Energy and Industry Innovation Forum.
The Forum will deep dive into the significant resources and energy development opportunities in the Orana and Central West regions. It will also showcase significant projects and initiatives, hear from thought leaders on topics driving the region toward greater economic growth, industry collaboration, and increased public and private investment.
O2N Chair, Tracy McIntyre explains that the Orana and Central West regions are in the hot seat to lead the future of mining innovation and climate-smart mining practice. “The Forum will showcase the regions’ opportunity and highlight the investment and future skill opportunities required to achieve this potential,” McIntyre says.
The University of Newcastle is a proud supporter of this first-of-its-kind Forum. The University’s Executive Director of the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), Prof Alan Broadfoot says he is looking forward to providing insight into how the University can connect industry to education and research in the regions.
“At the O2N Forum we will reveal our Resources Research Roadmap which includes an overview of current and planned research priorities relevant to the Orana and Central West regions, and how industry can engage with us to solve industry challenges”, Prof Broadfoot says.
The O2N 2022 Resources, Energy and Industry Innovation Forum Guest Speakers include;
● METS IGNITED - Adrian Beer, Chief Executive Officer
● CRU GROUP - Alex Tonks, Head of Australia & New Zealand
● NSW GOVERNMENT - Chris Celovic, Director of Industry Development at Mining Exploration and Geoscience
● AMP CONTROL - Rod Henderson, Managing Director
● INTERNATIONAL COPPER ASSOCIATION AUSTRALIA - John Fennell, Chief Executive Officer
● AUSTRALIAN STRATEGIC MATERIALS - David Woodall, Managing Director
● UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE - Professor Alan Broadfoot, Executive Director of the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) O2N’s founding partner
O2N 2022 Resources, Energy and Industry Innovation Forum Agenda
Session 1 Opportunity to Prosper
Session 1 will set the scene around the industry mega-trends that are driving future resource demands, and the unique opportunity for the region to unlock growth in project development and supply, downstream industries, and education pathways. The session will also highlight key NSW Government initiatives that are setting the policy and frameworks to enable this future.
Session 2 Opportunity for a Net Zero Future
Session 2 will explore the growth opportunities for the Orana and Central West regions toward a net zero future and drive the conversation to how innovation and decarbonisation could be translated to a regional context.
Session 3 Opportunity for Collaboration and Innovation
Session 3 will uncover the opportunities for resources and new energy technology solutions, the application to projects in the region and will discuss the role of collaboration as a mechanism to drive industry growth.
Session 4 Opportunity for Research and Innovation
Session 4 will present the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) Roadmap to deploy industry led research in the Orana and Central West regions. The session will discuss the Doctoral Training Centre model that connects industry to research in the region to solve key industry challenges.
Presenters include Professor Alan Broadfoot, Professor Anna Giacomini, Professor Kenneth Williams and a showcase of PhD projects from the Advanced METS Doctoral Training Centre.
Session 5 Opportunity for Skills and Education
Session 5 will uncover the opportunities for world-class education and skill pathways as an enabler for growth in the region and will discuss the importance of a coordinated approach for delivery.