11th UQ Latin American Colloquium:
energy for a sustainable future

Following last year's 10th anniversary event, the Annual Latin American Colloquium 2017 will look to the future of Australia and Latin American relations and consider approaches and opportunities to a globally relevant and increasingly pertinent issue: energy for a sustainable future.

The Colloquium will draw on speakers to offer a range of perspectives relevant to this topic including innovations in global energy solutions, and socio-political and environmental considerations within Australian and Latin American contexts.

Panel sessions

Panel 1: Transforming global energy solutions

This session will explore the latest policy, research, development and industry innovations in renewable technologies to deliver cutting edge solutions and approaches that are transforming the energy sector globally.

Panel 2: Responding to changing global needs

This session will consider a range of social, political and environmental issues that are driving the demand for improved energy solutions, and highlight the need for engaging with communities to develop innovations appropriate to the local context. Perspectives will be drawn from Australia, Latin America and internationally.

Panel 3: Greater connections, greater power: successes and opportunities

The final session will draw together the threads of the previous panels by looking to the future of Australian and Latin American relations. It will explore possibilities for building on successful collaborations to date, as well as consider new opportunities to combine knowledge, expertise and resources to deliver solutions and technologies that are mutually beneficial for both regions.

UQ speakers


Director, Sustainable Minerals Institute
Director, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture & Food Innovation
Director, UQ Energy Initiative
Director, Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation
Honorary Fellow, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining
Professorial Research Fellow, Institute for Molecular Bioscience
Affiliated Professor, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Program overview

Time Activity
9.00am - 9.10am Welcome address: Professor Peter Høj, President and Vice-Chancellor, UQ
9.10am - 9.20am Ambassadorial welcome address
9.20am – 10.00am Keynote speaker followed by Q&A
10.00am – 10.15am Embassy work experience: student case study
10.15am – 10.45am Morning tea
10.45am – 11.45am Panel one: transforming global energy solutions
11.45am – 12.45pm Panel two: responding to changing global needs
12.45pm – 1.40pm Networking lunch 
1.40pm - 2.40pm Panel three: greater connections, greater power: successes and opportunities in Latin American-Australian energy collaborations
2.40pm - 2.50pm Ambassadorial closing remarks
2.50pm - 3.00pm Closing remarks by Professor Iain Watson, Vice-President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement)


For more information about the event or UQ's engagement in Latin America, contact

Ms Victoria Bick, Manager, International Visits and Events, UQ Global Engagement, UQ