Keynote speakers

Caitlyn Georgeson
BA LLB Student – The University of Adelaide

Caitlyn Georgeson is a 5th year undergraduate Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Studies) student at the University of Adelaide. Caitlyn is a Research Assistant for the Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics (RUMLAE), as well as the Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS) Project, for which she received a 2017 Young Australian Space Leaders Award. Caitlyn has completed a three-month internship with the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia. At the conclusion of her internship, Caitlyn produced a research paper on the practical challenges the Tribunal faces in protecting fair trial rights. Caitlyn has also completed a four-month internship with the Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service, examining potential benefits of collaboration between Aboriginal and refugee communities in South Australia. Caitlyn was awarded a 2015/16 University of Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship to examine legal obstacles faced by transgender people in South Australia when attempting to change their legal gender. Caitlyn was also awarded the SBS Student & Rising Star of the Year award at the 2017 Australian LGBTI Awards.

James Keal
PhD Student and 2016 ACUR presenter – The University of Adelaide

James Keal is an honours graduate of physics and holds an undergraduate degree in High Performance Computational Physics from the University of Adelaide. James presented his honours research on dosimetry in medical physics at the Beacon Conference for Undergraduate Research in 2016 and was awarded the prize for best abstract and oral presentation. He was sponsored to attend and present at the 2016 Australasian Conference for Undergraduate Research. James is currently undertaking his PhD, for which he is working on the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to cancer treatment by radiotherapy.


Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Australian National University

Professor Hughes-Warrington is the strategic and operational leader across education activities and academic performance at the ANU. Her responsibilities range from elearning and large-scale education innovation to education philanthropy and student fees, accommodation and realising the potential of students and staff alike.

She is an active researcher, with six books and $18 million in grants to her name. She was a key driver with the head of Philanthropy in developing the $106 million Tuckwell program and has a particular interest in providing support for outstanding students and citizens from any background to reach their full potential.

In 2016 she was awarded Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, recognising her sustained record of effective strategic leadership in academic practice.

She is also the fifth and first woman to be secretary of the Rhodes Scholarships Australia in 114 years.