Dr Bronwyn Laycock, Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering and Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation

UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND (QUEENSLAND)

Dr Bronwyn Laycock is a Senior Lecturer with the University of Queensland’s School of Chemical Engineering and the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation. Her specialisation is polymer science with a focus on materials for the new plastics economy.

Dr Laycock has a diverse background in translational research. As a former Senior Research Scientist (CSIRO Division of Molecular Science), she was awarded the Joint CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement 2009 for her work on the extended wear contact lenses, which are now recognised as CSIRO's fourth top invention.

She has also been awarded a Joint Chairman’s Award for research/commercialization (CRC for Polymers) and an Excellence in Innovation Award (CRC Association) and holds 15 patents in areas ranging from high temperature aircraft composites to bacterially derived biopolymers.

At Powering the change, Bronwyn will explore how we can assess ways to use innovation, redesign and harmonisation to deliver a new plastics value chain based on circular economy principles.

Bronwyn Laycock will be presenting the academic key note Plastics in the circular economy.