The CSIRO Alumni network and ATSE are proud to present the 2020 Sir Alan Walsh lecture.

The lecture series commemorates the achievements of Sir Alan Walsh. In 1952 Sir Alan Walsh invented Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (AAS) whilst working at CSIRO in Victoria. AAS is a chemical measurement technology that revolutionized quantitative analysis.

The event will be hosted by Dr Marcus Zipper, Director CSIRO Manufacturing and our speaker is Dr Mark Hodge, CEO DMTC. Mark will talk about the evolution of Defence technology in Australia and how it is characterised by some remarkable achievements and has been underpinned by a culture of innovation for decades.

The presentation will be followed by an online Q&A session.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, this will be an online event hosted on Webcast. Once you register, you will receive an email with the link to attend the event.

To read a full synopsis and speaker biographies please scroll down.


  • Free

Event date: 01Oct 2020

Thursday 1 Oct 2020

Online virtual event

  • 4.00pm to 5.00pm

Webcast login details will be emailed to registrants

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The evolution of Defence technology in Australia is characterised by some remarkable achievements and has been underpinned by a culture of innovation for decades. Delivery of new technology by ensuring “structural flexibility” has played a significant role in ensuring that R&D expenditure, long seen as adding cost and risk to complex Defence acquisitions can in fact serve to mitigate risk and make strong contributions to national outcomes. Dr Hodge will discuss the growth of Australian industry capacity and the inexorable connectivity and integration of industrial innovation in Australia, highlighting delivery of enhanced Defence capabilities, underpinned by excellence in research and innovation. DMTC has transferred more than 350 technologies to industry since its establishment in 2008. Initiatives that develop technologies, education, and supply chains will be presented.

Our speakers

  Marcus Zipper

Dr Marcus Zipper
Director CSIRO Manufacturing Business Unit

For the last 20+ years, Dr Zipper has had senior leadership, commercial, business development and marketing roles primarily in scientific research organisations, including over 15 years in CSIRO.

This includes previous roles in four CSIRO research divisions / business units, two Cooperative Research Centres, the polymer industry and a professional services firm.

He has experience in business management, research management, science leadership, research portfolio management, strategic capability planning, business development and commercialisation experience in research organisations.

He has experience in a range of research areas and sectors including chemicals, materials, mining and minerals processing, polymers / composites, metal production, manufacturing, service industries, packaging, aerospace and automotive.

He has an academic background in materials science and engineering with an emphasis on engineering materials, materials characterisation and materials processing. He has over 30 publications including national and international journal papers, conference papers, conference abstracts and chapters for books on materials science and engineering.

  Dr Mark Hodge

Dr Mark Hodge
Chief Executive Officer, DMTC
BEng (Hons) and PhD Engineering (Monash)

Mark Hodge has served as Chief Executive Officer of DMTC since its inception in June 2008, overseeing the organisation’s success in a range of activities centred on Defence and National Security. He has led the strategy for DMTC’s transition to a sustainable industry capability partner as agencies increasingly look to industry to support Australia’s strategic national security objectives. He is a tireless advocate for science and technology and its applications in advancing Australia’s national interests and has worked in leadership and professional roles in the defence and aerospace fields for his entire professional career.

Dr Hodge serves on a range of advisory boards, committees & panels, including the Department of Defence’s Innovation Steering Group and chairs the Board of the AUSMURI Additive Manufacturing of Advanced Metallurgical Alloys Program. He is a former Director and Deputy Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Association. The author of several research publications on advanced defence materials, Dr Hodge is the recipient of several industry and research-sector awards and is a fellow of The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.


Time Activity
4.00 Welcome and introduction by Dr Marcus Zipper
4.05 Presentation by Mark Hodge, CEO DMTC
4.45 Q&A
5.00 Vote of Thanks and close by Dr Marcus Zipper

Science areas: General Science

Event type: Online