Goal Busters -- Transforming Our World Lightning Talk

Goal Busters -- Transforming Our World Lightning Talk
Goal Busters -- Transforming Our World Lightning Talk

Principal speaker

Associate Professor Jim Smart

Other speakers

Professor Rebecca Ford Professor David Peetz Associate Professor Susan Harris Rimmer Riley Theidecke

Griffith University is celebrating Sustainability Week (2 to 6 September) and Griffith Library will host Lightning Talks GOAL BUSTERS! - Transforming our world on Thursday 5 September, drawing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The goals are drawn around global challenges brought on by our increasingly disparate, resource demanding and automated civilisation. Each have the aim to be achieved by 2030 to create a liveable future for our communities and our planet.

Facilitator: Assoc. Prof. Jim Smart from the Australian Rivers Institute.

Prof. Rebecca Ford

Rebecca develops novel tools for selective breeding to improve the sustainability and security of "plant-derived" food production systems. This is achieved through the mitigation of biotic and abiotic factors that impact yield and quality and the optimisation of resource inputs used for their management. In particular, Rebecca is researching the application of next generation sequencing and transcriptomics to understand salinity and drought tolerance mechanisms, fungal pathogen population dynamics and the genetic pathways enabling fungal pathogen resistances in temperate legume and broad acre crops.

Prof. David Peetz

David is professor of employment relations at the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing here at Griffith University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia as well as the author of Unions in a Contrary World (1998) and Brave New Workplace (2006) and co-author of Women of the Coal Rushes (2010), in addition to numerous other academic articles, papers and reports.

Assoc. Prof. Susan Harris Rimmer

Susan is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Griffith Law School. She is an Adjunct Reader at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University and a Research Associate at the Development Policy Centre in the Crawford School. She is a non-resident Research Associate at Chatham House in the UK. Susan's Future Fellow project is called "Trading' Women's Rights in Transitions: Designing Diplomatic Interventions in Afghanistan and Myanmar.

Riley Theidecke

Riley was part of the 2019 Top 6 qualifying team in the Hult Prize with their development of the modular farming project "FarmCube". The annual Hult prize competition is in partnership with the Hult International Business School, the Clinton Foundation and the United Nations Foundation. Riley and the team's challenge was to solve a social problem related to the sustainability goals outlined by the UN. "FarmCube" was shortlisted for Build the foundations of a venture that will provide meaningful work for 10,000 youth within the next decade.


FarmCube integrates current vertical hydroponic technology within a closed loop, insulated and climate controlled refurbished 40-foot shipping container. The design and technology allow for innovation and the establishment of micro infrastructure (SDG 9) in geographically challenged areas. Through the power of modular farming FarmCube hopes to reduce poverty (SDG 1) and hunger (SDG 2) within these areas. Furthermore, FarmCube provides access to decent work and economic growth (SDG 8). FarmCube aims to achieve all this whilst leverage a learning base business model that provides quality transferable education (SDG 4) at every step of the supply chain.

Event details:

Thursday 5 September 2019
Noon - 1 pm
The Willett Centre (N53) Nathan Library (Level 2).

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