Technological and medical advances touch nearly every part of our lives, changing the ways we think, learn, and communicate while transforming our fertility...

Designing and Engineering the Posthuman Age


500 Harris Street
2007 NSW

Powerhouse Museum
Designing and Engineering the Posthuman Age

Event Details

Technological and medical advances touch nearly every part of our lives, changing the ways we think, learn, and communicate while transforming our fertility, health and longevity. 

Join us for a night of conversation as we examine the emerging fields of nanotechnology, genome editing and synthetic biology with experts and discuss the current state of technology, ethics and future possibilities.


Dr Gordon Wallace (University of Wollongong)

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 use in medical technologies. He is committed to fundamental research and the translation of fundamental discoveries into practical applications. His contributions are greatly recognized and he has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science and Innovation (2016). In January, Dr. Wallace was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia. Gordon Wallace is an Ambassador for Business Events Sydney.

Dr Ainsley Newson (University of Sydney)

Dr Ainsley Newson is associate professor of Bioethics at the University of Sydney. She has worked in this area for over 20 years, with most of that time dedicated to research into the ethical aspects of genetics, human reproduction and emerging biotechnologies. She has published widely on these topics, in both academic journals and the media. She’s also received research funding from bodies such as the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and the European Commission. Ainsley sits on a range of policy committees and groups including the Education, Ethics and Social Issues Committee of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia, the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Biotechnologies and the NSW Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel. Ainsley is passionate about genetics and its implications for society.

This event is presented in partnership with Business Events Sydney.

Access and Inclusion

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
  • Companion card - The Companion Card is for people with a significant permanent disability, who always need a companion to provide attendant care type support in order to participate at most available community venues and activities.