ACIS 2024 Panel Session
AI in Science: Challenges, Opportunities, Impact

Monday, 5 February 2024
1.20pm – 2.00pm
Location: TBC
Inclusive to Full Registration & Monday Registrations

ACIS Panel Moderator

Dr Saffron Bryant
(RMIT University)

Saffron did her bachelor in biomedical science in Townsville, her PhD in chemistry in Sydney, an industry-focused post-doc in the UK, and now works in the physics department at RMIT, making her both geographically and disciplinarily ‘well-travelled’. Saffron’s main research focus is applying deep eutectic solvents and ionic liquids to real world problems, including cryopreservation, antimicrobial treatments, and advanced materials synthesis. Saffron has experience in a range of techniques including cell culture and small angle scattering.

ACIS Panellists

Professor Calum Drummond AO
(RMIT University)

Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President, Research and Innovation

Calum Drummond AO is a graduate of The University of Melbourne (BScEd (H1, 1981), BSc Hons (H1, 1982), PhD and DSc in Physical Chemistry (1987 and 2015). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2004; FAICD), a Fellow and former Director of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2006; FTSE), a Fellow of the National (USA) Academy of Inventors (2018; FNAI); a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (1994; FRACI) and past RACI Honorary General Treasurer and Council member, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2012; FRSC; UK-based). He is also a Fellow of the Leadership Victoria Williamson Community Leadership Program (1998) and a Fellow of the national.. Read More>>

Professor Alister Page
(The University of Newcastle)


After receiving undergraduate and PhD qualifications from The University of Newcastle, Alister Page held postdoctoral fellowships at The University of Newcastle (Australia) and Kyoto University (Japan), between 2009 and 2012. In 2013 he took on a Lectureship in the Discipline of Chemistry at the University of Newcastle, where he has been Professor since 2022. Alister’s research focuses on the investigation of chemical phenomena using non-equilibrium molecular dynamics and quantum chemical methods. Alister’s research has resulted in more than $3.8M in competitive research funding and the publication of 2 books, 2 book chapters and more than 120 internationally peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. Alister has received awards including the Australian Academy of Sciences Rod Rickard Fellowship.. Read More>>

Sophie Baker
(The University of Newcastle)

Honours Student

Sophie completed a double degree, Bachelor of Mathematics (Applied and Pure Mathematics)/Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) in 2022 and is a current Science honours student in the discipline of Chemistry, researching ionic liquid nanostructure using computational chemistry.

Dr May Lim

Senior Lecturer

Dr May Lim is a Nexus Fellow and Senior Lecturer at UNSW School of Chemical Engineering. She works closely with her School, Faculty, and central education Divisions and Units to improve the learning experience of UNSW students. Dr. Lim’s contributions extend to the development of tools and guidelines, and focusing on the capture, assessment, and evaluation of student professional and skill development across different aspects of engineering education.

Professor Stuart Prescott

Assistant Professor

Stuart Prescott is an Associate Professor in UNSW Chemical Engineering. His research focuses on the self-assembly and physicochemical behaviour of molecules at interfaces. He specialises in scattering and NMR techniques, applying them to problems as diverse as understanding the science of formulations and thunderstorm asthma.