Virtual Bioenergy Symposium: Feburary 16, 2022

Join us for our next Virtual Bioenergy Symposium on February 16, 2022 from 3:00-4:00pm MST featuring Ian O’Hara, the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Queensland University of Technology and the Biofutures Industry Envoy for the Queensland Government.

Please note the change from our usual time!

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For information on past sessions, visit our symposium archive page.

Ian O’Hara
Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Queensland University of Technology
Biofutures Industry Envoy for the Queensland Government






“Update on the development of the bioeconomy in Australia”

Like Canada, Australia is a resource rich country with a strong history in agriculture and resources industries and facing an economic transition to low carbon industries of the future. The bioeconomy is a growth sector for the Australian economy and offers significant new opportunities to support the needs of the future economy. Recently, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has released Australia’s Bioenergy Roadmap which identifies the role that the bioenergy sector can play in Australia’s energy transition to assist in reducing emissions. National and State based policies such as the Queensland Biofutures Roadmap and Action Plan are being advanced to capture future economic and investment opportunities. This presentation will look at the current status and direction of bioenergy and bioeconomy policy in Australia and explores some of the opportunities and challenges involved in this transition.

Ian O’Hara is Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Ian is widely recognised as a leading expert in policies, technologies and systems for developing the bioeconomy and producing bio-based products including biofuels, bioenergy and biomaterials. In addition to his academic role, Ian represents the Queensland Government as the Biofutures Industry Envoy and acts as an ambassador for Queensland’s Biofutures industry and industrial biotechnology sector. As the Envoy, Ian provides strategic advice to government and assists in securing domestic and international investment to grow the Biofutures sector. Ian is on the International Advisory Committee of the Global Bioeconomy Summit and is a Senior Editor of EFB Bioeconomy Journal.