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ISES 13th Equitation Science Conference - ISES 2017 Down Under

Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia

ISES 13th Equitation Science Conference - ISES 2017 Down Under


Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia


Speakers, Heads, Plenary Leaders for ISES 2017 Down Under

Professor Glenn Edwards

Head of School of Animal and Veterinary Science CSU

Presenting: Welcome to CSU and SAVs; The importance of collaboration in the animal industry.

Glenn is Professor of Veterinary Surgery and Head of the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. He teaches in all aspects of soft tissue surgery with a particular interest in minimally invasive surgery, wound healing and surgical management of cardiovascular and urinary tract problems.

Glenn is also active in the development of a variety of surgical techniques and implantable devices destined for both veterinary and human clinical use, such as improved urinary tract and cardiovascular surgical procedures, vascular grafts, left ventricular assist devices and heart valves. He has been a successful collaborator in 17 competitive research grants and numerous additional research contracts, and has published over 100 papers and chapters in textbooks in the veterinary, biomaterial and medical literature.

Glenn was the recipient of the 2006 TG Hungerford Award for Excellence in Post Graduate Education, the 2011 ASAVA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award and was awarded the CSIRO medal for Research Achievement together with colleagues from CSIRO in the development of a new tissue adhesive in 2012.

Professor Tim Wess

Executive Dean Faculty of Science CSU

Presenting: Welcome to CSU Faculty of Science; The importance of communication of science in a multi-layered environment.

Professor Tim Wess was appointed as Executive Dean, Faculty of Science CSU in May 2013. He was the Head of the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Pro Vice Chancellor for Estates and Chairman of the Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre at Cardiff University. Professor Wess was also a member of the governing body at the University of Newport.  He has held a number of scientific administrative roles at both national and international level in numerous countries, and has vast experience in innovation and engagement, communicating science to the public, advising science and health policy and has also worked with charities globally.   

Tim's research interests are in order and disorder in the structure of biological systems, notably the interactions in biological materials within contemporary to archaeological contexts.  

Tim manages 8 schools within a wide regional geographical spread.  Since his arrival, the faculty has already rejuvenated the management structure of the faculty and developed two major themes for the faculty as Food and Water Security and Health Ageing.  Tim has made a significant improvement to the scrutiny, management and therefore the financial viability of the human and animal clinics. Tim has brought his strong belief in equality to the University and recently completed a graduate certificate in Wiradjuri to show his commitment to the aboriginal people on whose land Charles Sturt University is located.

Professor Andrew Vann

Vice Chancellor and President CSU

Presenting: Welcome to CSU; The articulation and management of change through engagement in a complex and impassioned environment.

Professor Vann trained as a civil engineer and worked in engineering consultancy before completing a PhD in the Civil Engineering Systems Group at University of Bristol in 1994.  He lectured in structural engineering at University of Bristol prior to coming to Australia in 1996 where he took up a similar post in the Faculty of Engineering at Central Queensland University in Rockhampton. During this time he pursued research interests in structural monitoring and artificial intelligence as well as leading pedagogical change in moving the Bachelor of Engineering at CQU to a project-based format.

He held various senior academic and administrative roles at CQU before joining James Cook University in North Queensland in 2004 as Pro Vice-Chancellor Information Services and Technologies, subsequently Pro Vice Chancellor and, from 2008, was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for the Faculties and Teaching and Learning.

Professor Vann joined Charles Sturt University as Vice-Chancellor in December 2011. He has held a number of board and community leadership roles, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Associate Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia.

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