Opening of the Joint German-Australian Research Group took place in Sydney in February, 2010


Opening of the Joint German-Australian Research Group took place in Sydney in February, 2010

Following the recent Opening Seminar in Braunschweig, Germany, the Joint German-Australian Research Group “Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Management” has been officially inaugurated at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) on February 19th 2010. In presence of the German Consule-General in Sydney, Mr. Hans-Günter Gnodtke, who pointed out the importance of German-Australian relations in his greeting address, Prof. Graham Davis, Dean of Engineering, welcomed the distinguished guests from Germany at the UNSW.

In their opening addresses, PD Dr.-Ing. Christoph Herrmann (TU Braunschweig) and Assoc. Prof. Sami Kara (UNSW), who initiated the research group, explained the importance of international collaboration to their field of expertise concerning the entire life cycle of a product as well as associated processes, and considering their global impact on the environment including use of raw resources, transport and disposal processes. Mrs. Jan Gough-Watson from the Australian Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research emphasized the importance of Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Management as an increasingly important area of scientific research. The Joint Research Group would be able “to address a range of crucial issues and develop innovative life cycle engineering solutions as well as technological evaluations of products and the analysis of energy and ecological modelling”. From the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) MinR Dr. Christian Stienen explained that the Joint Research Group represents the forefront of very few selected collaboration projects receiving initial seed funding from the BMBF. Assoc. Prof. Philip Mathew, Acting Head of School, spoke of the highly valued potential outcomes of the fruitful collaboration and its significance to the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. A lab tour gave participants an insight into current joint research projects and addressed the strengths that each institution can offer during the collaborative process.

(see: press release from UNSW, Sydney, “Global focus on sustainable manufacturing“, 9th April 2010)

Opening of the Joint German-Australian Research Group – lab tour at UNSW.

from left to right: Dr. H.-J. Stähle, Prof. Dr. T. S. Spengler, Assoc. Prof. S. Kara, PD Dr.-Ing. C. Herrmann, Prof. G. Davis, Mr. H.-G. Gnodtke, MinR Dr. C. Stienen, Em. Prof. Dr.-Ing. H. Kaebernic, Assoc. Prof P. Mathew