Keynote Speakers

Professor Drew Dawson BA(Hons)Psych PhD
Director, Appleton Institute
CQUniversity – Adelaide Campus

Professor Drew Dawson is nationally and internationally recognised for his contributions to the scientific community and to industry in the areas of sleep and fatigue research, organisational psychology and human behaviour, industrial relations negotiations, and the human implications of hours of work.

Professor Dawson has worked extensively with the aviation, manufacturing, retail, entertainment, transportation and mining sectors in Australia, and is a world-renowned expert on fatigue in the workplace. He has instigated fatigue management programs, developed shift work and fatigue policy, undertaken pre-employment assessments, and facilitated shift work education sessions. Professor Dawson also regularly presents at national and international conferences and has provided expert witness testimony in many fatigue-related court cases.

As director of the internationally recognised Appleton Institute, he oversees basic and applied research into the effects of shift work and sleep loss on the health and well-being of employees. Basic research programs are focused on the interactions of the sleep and circadian systems, the effects of sleep loss and the ways people protect themselves against fatigue-related errors.

Jaques Reifman, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command

Jaques Reifman, Ph.D., is a U.S. Department of the Army Senior Research Scientist and a member of the Army’s Civilian Senior Executive corps. He serves as the Director of the DoD Biotechnology High Performance Computing Software Applications Institute, which he created to leverage the use of computation, including mathematical modeling, AI and machine learning, bioinformatics, and systems biology, in DoD’s basic and applied research efforts. He establishes multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research teams and leads them to develop solutions to optimize and enhance Warfighter performance, as well as to prevent, diagnose, and treat military-relevant injuries and diseases. One of his most impactful works was the development of individualized prediction models that help reduce the risk of non-battle injuries and enhance Warfighter performance.

Prior to coming to the Army in 2001, Dr. Reifman was a Section Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, where he conducted and led basic and applied research in computational methods, AI, advance control algorithms, and statistical pattern recognition.

Dr. Reifman received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has authored more than 240 peer-reviewed articles and is the inventor of eight U.S. patents. He serves on multiple review and advisory boards and is an Associate Editor of the journal BMC Bioinformatics. He is the recipient of the Mark Mills Award, R&D 100 Award, Arthur S. Flemming Award, two Presidential Rank Awards from President Obama, Army R&D Achievement Award, Superior Civilian Service Award, and was elected to the Order of Military Medical Merit. Dr. Reifman and the APPRAISE Team received the 2016 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (“Sammies”) for Science and Environment.

Key Dates:

25 Mar 2019 Abstract Submissions Open
1 Apr 2019 Early Bird Registration Opens
31 Jul 2019 Abstract Submission Deadline
2 Oct 2019 Authors Advised of Outcome
24 Oct 2019 Author registration required by
24 Oct 2019 Early Bird Registration Closes
16-19 Mar 2020 Conference

Master of Ceremonies

Mark Gibson
Award winning journalist, TV & radio presenter, Master of ceremonies, Nationally acclaimed public speaker

A multi-award-winning journalist, Mark has been a television and radio reporter and presenter since 1991. From reading prime-time news to reporting from international disaster zones and commentating at the Australian Open tennis, Mark is a gifted and versatile broadcaster and storyteller.

After cutting his teeth in Sydney and Melbourne in the 1990s, Mark returned home to Perth in 2001 to work for Channel 7. For the following 19 years he was a leading reporter and presenter across 7 news, sport, weather and Today Tonight.

Mark has also drawn high praise for his presenting role on Telethon, the most successful televised charity event in the world.