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Keynote Speaker – Siegbert Schmid

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Siegbert ‘Siggi’ Schmid is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney. He graduated with a PhD from the University of Tübingen, Germany. After a few years at the Australian National University, Canberra, he returned to Germany to complete a Habilitation at the University of Tübingen. Subsequently, he accepted a position at the School of Chemistry of the University of Sydney, combining both materials chemistry and chemistry education research. He leads the Chemistry Education & Communication Research (CECR) theme at the University of Sydney and is very active in chemistry education research and development. Siggi’s education research aims to improve current teaching practices and learning outcomes for tertiary-level students as well as improve diversity and inclusion in chemistry teaching. His materials chemistry research interests lie in the synthesis and structural characterisation of aperiodic crystals and other materials with technological applications (e.g. electrode materials for rechargeable batteries). He is a Past Chair of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute’s Division of Chemical Education. His contributions to Chemistry Education have been recognised with many awards, including the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching (The University of Sydney, 2012), an Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching Citation Award (2012) for Excellence in Teaching, and the Divisional Medal of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute’s Division of Chemical Education (2016). In 2019 he was awarded the Fensham Medal of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for outstanding contributions to chemical education.