Scientia Circle

Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the fourth year of the Scientia Circle Program of Events – a special suite of activities designed to acknowledge and thank our growing number of supporters who have included UNSW Sydney in their Will. These generous gifts contribute enormously to our University, enabling us to drive initiatives that advance critical research, create new pathways to education, and support community-led causes.

Professor Ian Jacobs
President and Vice-Chancellor

Welcome from the Chancellor

Welcome to our fourth year of the Scientia Circle Program of Events, and what a wonderful four years it has been. We are delighted to be able to once again invite our generous supporters to join us for exclusive events to learn more about aspects of UNSW’s world-leading research and innovative social engagement programs.

“I cherished my time at UNSW as a student and I believe strongly in the great teaching and research the University continues to provide. It is for this reason that I decided to include UNSW in my Will. I look forward to continuing to meet and speak with our many UNSW supporters who, like me, have made this decision as an expression of their passion for investing in future generations.”

Being a Scientia Circle member also makes you a trusted investor in our University. As such, we welcome your ideas and feedback about our program. We want to ensure that your Scientia Circle membership enriches your life, as well the lives of the students, teachers and researchers of the future, who will be the ultimate beneficiaries of your generosity, with a ripple effect of great scale.

In joining the valued UNSW donor community, you will not only have the opportunity to meet regularly with your peers and shape the future of our University, you can find comfort in the knowledge that you have looked ahead way beyond your years. Thank you for trusting us and those who come after us to make the best possible use of your gifts, and for sharing our bold vision for a better world for all.

Chancellor David Gonski AC



Scientia Circle 2018 Program of Events

View the full program here.

Scientia Circle Program Lunch

Humanitarian Design: How to Build Resilience in Our Cities

17 May 2018

Today there are more people living in cities than ever before, and urban migration will only multiply in the coming years. The challenges are already great, with the growing threat of climate change, and the greatest level of human displacement since WWII. We invite you and a guest to attend this event to hear Professor David Sanderson discuss his work on the Red Cross World Disasters Report, which found that cities can recover from natural disasters faster when their social and political objectives align with their buildings and the needs of the community.

12.00pm – 2.00pm

Venue: UNSW Business School, Business Lounge, Level 6


Scientia Circle Program Lunch
Women in Engineering: Four women at the forefront of positive change
20 September 2018

Hear exclusive insights from four leading women in engineering. With an award-winning biomedical engineer working with Apple to develop the world’s first cochlear implant system for iPhones, and the leader of the UNSW Energy Institute spearheading the race for sustainable energy technologies – these experts show there is no limit to what women can achieve in the engineering space when given the opportunity to excel. Join us for this special panel event, moderated by Women in Engineering Manager, Sarah Coull and hear from three inspiring speakers:

• Justine Jarvinen – Chief Operating Officer at UNSW Energy Institute, Chair Wattwatchers, ASX Director and has a wealth of experience across the energy sector

• Ivana Popovac BE (Electrical)/MBiomedE ‘10 – Manager, Systems Engineering Team and Principal Systems Engineer, Cochlear

• Riya Dalal – UNSW fourth year mechanical and engineering student and the President of UNSW’s Women in Engineering Student Society (WIESoc)

12.00pm – 2.00pm

Venue: UNSW Library, Exhibition Lounge, Level 5


Scientia Circle Luncheon - Hosted by our Chancellor (for members and their guests)
12 November 2018

One of the highlights of the year is our annual Scientia Circle Luncheon, a gala event hosted by our Chancellor, David Gonski AC. David is himself a member of the Scientia Circle, having included a gift to UNSW in his own Will. He regards the Circle as providing vital support for UNSW in the future.

The annual Luncheon is an exclusive event, to which we invite members of the Scientia Circle with partners or guests. The purpose of this luncheon is to express our special gratitude to those of you who have promised to remember UNSW in your Wills and give you the opportunity to not only have your say in the future of our University but to experience all it has to offer first-hand.

12.00pm – 2.00pm

Venue: Roundhouse, Club Bar, Level 1

Highlights from 2018

Scientia Circle Annual Luncheon Hosted by Chancellor David Gonski AC

The Scientia Circle year always closes with the annual Scientia Circle luncheon hosted by our Chancellor David Gonski AC. It is a special occasion when the Chancellor takes the opportunity to thank our growing number of alumni and friends who have generously pledged a gift to UNSW in their Will. Our fifth lunch was held on 12 November 2018 with a record number of supporters and friends gathered in the newly refurbished Roundhouse. The Chancellor held a conversation with the Gauchat family who are giving generously in their lifetime as well as pledging a gift in their Will. Our President and Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs also acknowledged our supporters who are pledging gifts and assisting UNSW in in realising its ambitious vision for future generations.

Scientia Circle Chancellor's Annual Lunch



For more information about other University events, giving to UNSW in the future or including the University in your Will, you may like to contact:

Janet Hall
Division of Philanthropy (Alumni, Engagement and Development)
Level 28
320 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000
T: 02 8936 4706
E: j.e.hall[at][dot]au