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Veena Sahajwalla: Microrecycling

14 August 2022
2.00pm – 3.00pm AEST
Powerhouse Museum
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Professor Veena Sahajwalla

Materials scientist and engineer Professor Veena Sahajwalla is a visionary inventor creating a new generation of green materials, products and resources reformed from waste. In this talk she will demonstrate the significance of her inventions, research and how her MICROfactorie® technologies deliver not only environmental benefits but create new supply chains, jobs and other economic and societal gains.
Sahajwalla has pioneered the science of microrecycling as the founding Director of the Sustainable Materials Research & Technology (SMaRT) Centre at UNSW Sydney. She is a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Science and Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and 2022 NSW Australian of the Year.
The Powerhouse is delighted to host Professor Veena Sahajwalla as the Sydney Science Festival 2022 Ambassador and keynote speaker. This event is part of Sydney Science Festival for the Powerhouse Museum.


This event will take place live at Powerhouse Museum. Please note this is a live event only, and will not be available via livestream. 


The health and safety of our patrons is our top priority. This event will abide by the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry, and check back here for updated information prior to the event.

  • Do not attend the event if you feel unwell, have recently experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
  • Face masks are recommended.


This event will take place live at Powerhouse Museum. To book tickets head here.


Wheelchair Accessible
Visitors need to enter via the Museum’s entrance which is located on Harris St. Visitors may be dropped off at 500 Harris St for level and accessible access to the Museum. Accessible parking is available and must be pre-booked. For more info, visit here

Assisted Listening
To enquire about assisted listening services, please contact the Powerhouse Museum on (02) 9217 0222.


The Powerhouse Museum is located at 500 Harris St, Ultimo and is close to Darling Harbour, Chinatown, Central Station, Broadway bus station (Railway Square), and Exhibition Centre Sydney Light Rail Station. For trip planning, maps and ticket info visit or call 131 500.

There is limited metered street parking near the museum, located on Harris St, Macarthur St and adjacent streets. Powerhouse Museum has discounted parking options with Wilson Parking (adjacent to Novotel Sydney Central) and Wilson Parking Darling Square

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Powerhouse Museum

To register for tickets, discuss access requirements or general event enquiries, please call the Powerhouse Museum on 02 9217 0111 or email

UNSW Centre for Ideas
For all other enquiries, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email

The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9065 0485. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9065 0485. Internet relay users, visit, then ask for 02 9065 0485. 

Professor Veena Sahajwalla headshot

Veena Sahajwalla

As a leading expert in the field of recycling science, and founding Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology at UNSW, Professor Veena Sahajwalla is producing a new generation of green materials, products and resources made entirely, or primarily, from waste. Veena also heads the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for ‘green manufacturing’ – a leading national research centre that works in collaboration with industry to ensure new science is translated into real world environmental and economic benefits. Veena has been extensively recognised for the innovation and significance of her work, including via election to be a Fellow of the esteemed Australian Academy of Science.