Geelong Design Week, Virtual Event (Free) 22 March 2021, 1pm – 4.30pm AEDT.

Whilst it may protect us, current disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) – such as a face mask – does nothing to protect our planet from waste. But what if PPE could be designed to protect human health, and have a positive impact on our planet?

Organised by Deakin University, this event will showcase the power of design thinking and system thinking in driving a truly circular economy.

This event is part of Geelong Design Week 2021, an initiative of Geelong UNESCO City of Design and the City of Greater Geelong

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About the event

The event will feature teams who will pitch their re-imagined and re-designed solutions underpinned by circular economy principles to solve this environmental challenge and a cross-disciplinary panel of experts who will evaluate their solutions and provide each team with feedback.

The event will also include an insightful panel discussion to explore the role of design and system thinking in accelerating a circular economy.

Audience members are also invited to participate in feedback and discussion via Mentimeter.

Meet the panel members


  Iain Martin

Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University


  Julie Owens

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Deakin University


  John Gertsakis

Director, Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence; Senior Policy Adviser, Design Institute of Australia


  Jodie Bricout

Circular Economy Manager Lifecycles and Board Member NSW


  Rowan Williams

President, Australasian Bioplastics Association, Regional Market Development Manager, Biopolymers, BASF Asia Pacific


  Julie White

Director, Health Research and Enterprise Development, Deakin University, Chair of The Iron Deficiency Collaborative and Director Centurius Pty Ltd


  Jennifer Cromarty

CEO Committee for Geelong & Founder of Creative Geelong Inc


  James Doerfler

Chair of Architecture, Deakin University

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