CERS UNSW networking event

Thu 2 June 2022, 6-9pm AEST

UNSW’s School of Chemical Engineering conducts impactful research solving real-world problems in a diversity of fields, including food and health, biomaterials and medical devices, energy, water, sensor technologies, advanced process systems and environmental remediation. Its graduates are highly competent, well suited to start-up/industry roles.

The School’s Chemical Engineering Research Society (CERS) provides an informal forum in which students and academics can share knowledge, discuss hot-button issues in the field, and promote their skills and research successes to wider industry.

CERS’ inaugural face-to-face networking event is a welcome opportunity for those in the chemical engineering field to connect IRL and discuss new developments in their respective sectors – whether they be food, energy, biotech or polymers.

Case studies of successful academic-industry collaborations involving the School’s researchers will form part of the event.

The three-hour, in-person networking night will also include presentations from the head of UNSW’s School of Chemical Engineering, the Deputy Head of School Research, the CERS President, the Deputy Head of School Engagement, the CRC and various industry representatives, including research sponsors.

CRC partners Sanitarium Health Food Company and LLEAF, as well as food companies Arnott’s and All G Foods, are among the sponsors of the event and will have representatives there on the night.

Invited guests are from various sectors, including food, water, energy,  macromolecules, life sciences, laboratory supplies and consulting, with guests categorised by sector with colour-coded badges. The venue will be divided into several areas corresponding to the nominated sectors.

Attendees will be a mix of research students, academic professionals and industry, including start-ups’ representatives.

Sector-specific presentations and booklets detailing all attending companies and their sectors will be provided, as will light refreshments.  


5:50-6:15pm: Guest arrival and registration

6:15-6:40pm: Session 1 – Welcome, sponsor speechess and company introductions

  • Welcome from the Head of UNSW’s School of Chemical Engineering, Professor Guangzhou Mao
  • Speaker: UNSW School of Chemical Engineering Professor Cordelia Selomulya, Research and Commercialisation Director with the Future Food Systems CRC
  • Speaker: CERS President Angie Tjandra
  • Introduction of companies in attendance.

6:40-7:30pm: Dinner break and networking session

7:30-8:00pm: Session 2 – UNSW research capabilities

8:00- 8:50pm: Networking session

8:50-9:00pm: Closing and thankyou

Further information and registration

The event will take place in person at Australian Technology Park’s Cicada Innovations venue, 145/4 Cornwallis St, Eveleigh NSW 2015.

Parking is nearby at 2 Central Avenue and is free after 6pm.

Tickets are $33 per person, with concessional rates available for CERS members and students ($23 per person). Ticket sales are open to the public from 27 April, and pre-registration is essential. 

To purchase tickets, click here

For more information, or to enquire about becoming a CERS networking night sponsor, contact CERS via email on

About CERS

UNSW Chemical Engineering Research Society (CERS) was established in January 2021 to empower students and to create a collaborative, diverse and inclusive place for the Chemical Engineering and Food Science research community. Its mission is to enhance communication between staff, industry allies – organisations and community groups, alumni and students. CERS also aims to provide career and professional development opportunities to students through structured professional and social networking activities. Members of CERS include 220 PhD students, 40 academic staff, 65 postdoc researchers and 18 technical staff.

For more information about CERS, view this video.