Keynote and Invited Talks

The committee is delighted to welcome our exceptional invited speakers representing a wide range of areas in fluid mechanics research.


Professor Herbert Huppert:

Cambridge University

Title: A review of the life and accomplishments of George Batchelor; granular collapses; and defending against tsunamis


Herbert Huppert was an undergraduate at Sydney University, enrolled in Engineering for the first two years, pure and applied mathematics in his third year and graduated with the University Medal in applied mathematics and the Baker Travelling Fellowship in his final year.  He then completed a Masters degree at ANU before doing a Ph. D. at UCSD.  In 1968 he moved, on a two-year Fellowship funded by ICI, to Cambridge, to continue his work in DAMTP.  He has not yet left !  He was elected to The Royal Society in 1987 and became the Founding Director of the Institute of Theoretical Geophysics in 1989. He has published some 285 papers dealing with fluid mechanics, in particular as applied to the Earth Sciences. Current areas of active research include: phase changes between fluid and solids (solidification and melting); formation of ice in the Arctic and Antarctic; propagation of gravity currents; particle-driven flows; turbidites and pyroclastic flows; flow of granular material; volcanic eruption dynamics; slow viscous motions; flow in porous media; carbon-dioxide sequestration; extreme natural hazards; flows through coral reefs; and defense against tsunamis. He was awarded the Bakerian Lectureship of The Royal Society in 2011 and a Royal Medal in 2020. He was also awarded the US Academy of Science Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship in 2005, is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (since 2002), the American Physical Society (since 2004) and was The Australian Academy of Sciences Selby Public Lecturer in 2019.

Professor Joanna Austin

California Institute of Technology

Title: Nonequilibrium in Shock-Dominated Hypersonic Flows


Joanna Austin is Professor of Aerospace at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories, California Institute of Technology. She received B.E. (Mechanical and Space Engineering) and B.Sc. (Mathematics) degrees from the University of Queensland, Australia, and M.S. followed by Ph.D. (2003) degrees in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology. Austin then joined the faculty in the Aerospace Engineering department at the University of Illinois, becoming Associate Professor and Willett Faculty Scholar, before moving back to Caltech in 2014, where she is a co-PI in the Caltech Hypersonics Group, home to the T5 and HET hypervelocity facilities. Honors and awards include Associate Fellow and former Associate Editor, AIAA, Xerox Award for faculty research at Illinois, the NSF CAREER Award, Best Paper Award from AIAA Fluid Dynamics, and the Young Investigator Award AFOSR.

Professor Pierre Sagaut

Aix-Marseille University

Title: Recent advances in Lattice Boltzmann Methods for engineering


Pierre Sagaut is Professor at Aix-Marseille University and the Head  of the M2P2 Laboratory. He received his PhD in 1995 and MSc in Theoretical  Mechanics in 1991 from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (now Sorbonne Université). From 1991-2002 he was Senior scientist at the French National Aerospace Laboratory (ONERA), and then Professor at University Pierre et Marie Curie (2002-2014). He moved to Aix-Marseille University in 2014. His research is primarily in numerical and theoretical studies of turbulent flows, with main applications in aerospace engineering, nuclear engineering and urban physics. This includes researches dealing with numerical methods and physical models. Over his career he has held a number of prestigious awards, including the John Green Awards (2002), a Grand Prix of the French Academy of Science (2010), an A*MIDEX Chair of Excellence (2014-2016) and the Airbus-Renault-Safran Chair (2018-2023). He has been an Editor in Chief for Computers and Fluids since 2014, and associate Editor for Journal of Computational Physics (since 2013)  and Journal of Scientific Computing (since 2000).

He used to serve in many scientific councils and committees. He was the President of the Scientific and Technical Council of the French Association for Mechanics (2014-2016) and the Deputy Head of the Scientific Program Committee of ERCOFTAC. He is presently member of the High Scientific Council of ONERA and French National Committee for Mechanics.

Professor Nicky Eshtiaghi

RMIT University

Title: Sludge Rheology and its impact on pipeline transportation of sludge


Nicky Eshtiaghi is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at RMIT University, an Engineers Australia (EA) Fellow and Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA, UK), the President of Australian Society of Rheology and an Editor in Chemical Engineering Research and Design Journal (Q1, Elsevier). She leads Sustainable Waste Processing Laboratories which investigates the flow behaviour of solid residue (sludge) from wastewater treatment plants with the aim of optimizing the energy efficiency of processes in sludge treatment lines. She has extensive research experience in process optimisation, biomass pretreatment, anaerobic digestion, biomass to hydrochar and biofuels conversion technology, and circular bioeconomy.

She is the recipient of several prestigious awards including 2015 Engineers Australia’s Victorian Professional Engineer of the Year for engineering competence, leadership skills, creativity, innovation, and conspicuous service to industry, the profession and society, the 2017 Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) for outstanding contribution to students learning, and Australia’s Most Innovative Engineer recognition in 2020 (Utility). Her industrial impact in project development and continuing engagement with industry is evident through three successful ARC Linkage grants.

Associate Professor Daniel Chung

Melbourne University

Title: Riblets drag reduction and rough-wall heat transfer according to minimal channels


Daniel received his B.E. (Mechatronics) / B.C.S. from the University of Melbourne in 2003 and his Ph.D. (Aeronautics) from California Institute of Technology in 2009. After his postdoctoral research on low clouds at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne as Lecturer in 2012, where he is currently Associate Professor. Daniel and his students, colleagues and collaborators have been numerically simulating and physically modelling wall-bounded turbulent flow and turbulent thermal convection, especially over rough surfaces. Current topics include improving predictions of riblets drag reduction, rough-wall heat transfer, ship-hull roughness drag penalty and sea-wave drag. Daniel won the 2019 TSFP Kasagi Award with citation, “For novel numerical simulations and insightful analysis to answer fundamental questions in turbulence.”

Associate Professor Nicole Jones

University of Western Australia

Title: Mixed, not stirred: The Momentum, heat and sediment fluxes driven by nonlinear internal waves


Associate Professor Nicole Jones is a Physical Oceanographer at the University of Western Australia. She uses a combination of field observations and numerical modelling to study primarily relatively small-scale ocean dynamics, including turbulent mixing, internal waves, and ocean eddies. Understanding these processes is vital to quantify the transport of heat, pollutants and nutrients around the ocean.  Nicole has extensive fieldwork and cruise experience and a particular interest in the development of novel field-observation techniques.  Nicole has been an Editor for the Journal of Physical Oceanography since 2018. She represents the Western Australian marine science community by leading the Western Australia node of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS). Since 2019 Nicole has served on the Research Advisory Committee of the Marine National Facility. Nicole is passionate about the advancement of STEM women into leadership roles and is involved in both local and national efforts to achieve this.