PLENARY SPEAKERS Prof. Clare Grey, University of Cambridge, UK Talk title: To be announced Clare Grey is a chemist and expert in the application to materials of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), a physical phenomenon that allows observations of atomic nuclei. In particular, she uses NMR to study rechargeable lithium-ion batteries (LIB) and their potential for use in energy storage applications that benefit the environment. Clare and her team developed NMR methodology to monitor structural changes that occur during the operation of a battery. Her research has helped us to understand how batteries charge and discharge, and has also clarified the physical properties of a number of technologically important materials. Clare now investigates the effect of local structure and electronic properties on LIB performance and is testing wider applications of the technology. Her work has introduced LIBs for use in combination with new renewable energy sources and to the field of transportation. Clare’s research has been recognised by several awards, including the Günther Laukien prize in 2013, and the Davy Medal of the Royal Society in 2014. Prof. Kevin W. Plaxco, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA Talk title: To be announced Prior to joining the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1998 Dr. Plaxco received his Ph.D. from Caltech and performed postdoctoral studies at Oxford and the University of Washington. Dr. Plaxco has co-authored more than 180 papers on protein folding, protein dynamics, folding-based biosensors and folding-based smart materials. He has also co-authored a popular science book on Astrobiology and more than a dozen patents. He is actively involved in the commercialization of the novel technologies emerging from his laboratory and serves on the scientific advisory boards of a half dozen companies. Prof. Gordon Wallace, University of Wollongong, Australia Talk title: To be announced Professor Gordon Wallace is involved in the design and discovery of new materials for use in Energy and Health. In the Health area this involves using new materials to develop biocommunications from the molecular to skeletal domains in order to improve human performance. In the Energy area this involves use of new materials to transform and to store energy, including novel wearable and implantable energy systems for the use in Medical technologies. In order to facilitate the creation of functional devices from fundamental discoveries he has pioneered the development of 3D additive fabrication (including 3D printing) using advanced materials. He is committed to fundamental research and the translation of fundamental discoveries into practical applications. He is a passionate communicator, dedicated to explaining scientific advances to all in the community from the lay person to the specialist. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia 26 January 2017. He received Wollongong’s award for Innovation in 2017 and served as Wollongong’s Australia Day Ambassador. Gordon was named NSW Scientist of the Year 2017. He received the Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science and Innovation in 2016. He was appointed to the Prime Ministers Knowledge Nation 100 in 2015. Gordon is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), Institute of Physics, Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and the Royal Society of NSW. He is a corresponding member of the Academy of Science in Bologna. He has published more than 900 refereed publications that have attracted in excess of 35,000 citations; a monograph (3rd Edition published in 2009) on Conductive Electroactive Polymers: Intelligent Polymer Systems and co-authored a monograph on Organic Bionics (published 2012). He has recently co-authored an eBook on 3D BioPrinting He led the presentation of a MOOC on 3D Bioprinting on the FutureLearn platform. This has attracted in excess of 20,000 participants from around the globe including UK, USA, India, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Brazil. Gordon has supervised almost 100 PhD students to completion and has mentored more than 50 research fellows. He completed his undergraduate (1979) and PhD (1983) degrees at Deakin University and was awarded a DSc from Deakin University in 2000. He was appointed as a Professor at the University of Wollongong in 1990. He was awarded an ARC Professorial Fellowship in 2002; an ARC Federation Fellowship in 2006 and ARC Laureate Fellowship in 2011. His other passions include Soccer, Australian Football League (Geelong Football Club) and Music. Prof. Sarah Tolbert, University of California, Los Angeles, USA Talk title: To be announced Sarah Tolbert is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA. Research in her group focuses on self-organized nanoscale materials and includes both organic templated inorganic phases and colloidal materials. Current work in her group is aimed at understanding and controlling structure and periodicity in complex nanostructured composite materials, and in exploiting that periodicity for a range of structural, optical, and electronic materials applications. Projects in Prof. Tolbert's group range from examination of nanoscale phase transitions in surfactant templated inorganic solids to the designed assembly of electro-active composite materials. Professor Tolbert's honors include a National Science Foundation Early CAREER Development Award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, a Beckman Young Investigator Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship. Prof. Takao Someya, The University of Tokyo, Japan Talk title: To be announced Takao Someya received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1997. Since 2009, he has been a professor of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Tokyo. From 2001 to 2003, he worked at the Nanocenter (NSEC) of Columbia University, and at Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies as a Visiting Scholar. Since 2009, he has been a Global Scholar at Princeton University and currently serves as the Project Leader of the NEDO/JAPERA Project (from March 2011)and as a Research Director of a JST/ERATO Project (from March 2011). His current research interests include organic transistors, flexible electronics, plastic integrated circuits, large-area sensors, and plastic actuators. Prof. George Malliaras, University of Cambridge, UK Talk title: Interfacing with the Brain Using Organic Electronics George Malliaras received a BS in Physics from the Aristotle University (Greece) in 1991, and a PhD in Mathematics and Physical Sciences, cum laude, from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) in 1995. After postdocs at the University of Groningen and at the IBM Almaden Research Center (California), he joined the faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University (New York) in 1999. From 2006 to 2009 he served as the Lester B. Knight Director of the Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility. He moved to the Ecole des Mines de St. Etienne (France) in 2009, where he started the Department of Bioelectronics and served as Department Head. He joined the University of Cambridge as the Prince Philip Professor of Technology in 2017. His research on organic electronics and bioelectronics has been recognized with awards from the New York Academy of Sciences (Blavatnik Award), the US National Science Foundation, and DuPont. He is a member of the Hellenic National Council for Research and Technology, a Fellow of the Materials Research Society and of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and serves as an Associate Editor of Science Advances.