Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the fifth year of the Scientia Circle Program of Events – an exclusive 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 support our scholarship students, world-class researchers and teaching staff to lead community-led causes, drive initiatives that advance critical research and create new pathways to education.

This year we will be hosting three events:
• In May, members will have the opportunity to experience UNSW’s pioneering visualisation facility, Epicentre, at UNSW Art & Design, Paddington campus.
• In July, our legal expert will reveal effective and creative ways to ensure the well-being of yourself and your family through estate planning.
• Lastly, in November, we will host our annual Scientia Circle Luncheon exclusively for our Scientia Circle members.

In addition, UNSW is continuing its flagship Learn@lunch lecture series in 2019. Learning does not stop at graduation, which is why we are delighted to present this popular series for our Scientia Circle members.

I hope you will join us at these events, and experience the diversity of activities planned. UNSW’s mission is to be a global leader in change and innovation, with an altruistic desire to transform the lives of people and communities. Our strategic priorities of academic excellence, social engagement and global impact underpin the belief that a great university values cross-disciplinary and collaboration can make a significant difference in the lives of others.

We are enormously grateful to all of our supporters, especially the members of the Scientia Circle, for helping to realise this vision.

Professor Ian Jacobs
President and Vice-Chancellor

Welcome from the Chancellor

Welcome to our fifth year of the Scientia Circle Program of Events. We are delighted to be able to 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. This program has been arranged principally to express our deep gratitude to the members of our Scientia Circle, a diverse and committed community that has nearly doubled in size since 2014.

We have also included our Learn@Lunch program of lectures, which have been attended by many of you in the past.

Being a Scientia Circle member also makes you a trusted investor in our University. Including a gift in your Will to the University is a deeply personal decision for you to consider, and we hope that the Estate Planning session you will see in this Program of Events will assist in your long-term strategies for financial security and estate affairs.

We want to ensure that your Scientia Circle membership enriches your life and allows you to make a significant contribution to the causes and issues you care about. Your generous gift will not only leave a legacy of lasting positive change, it will empower generations who come after you to do the same. Thank you for trusting us to make the best possible use of your gifts, and for sharing our bold vision for a better world for all.

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.

Chancellor David Gonski AC



Scientia Circle 2019 Program of Events

See the full program here.


EPICentre Experience: Seeing beyond what is in front of you

30 May 2018

EPICentre (Expanded Perception & Interaction Centre) is a shared UNSW research centre located at UNSW Art & Design campus. The Centre undertakes visualisation research in the fields of art, design, science, medicine and engineering.

The EPICentre makes decades of accumulated historic and massive new data visually accessible. Cutting-edge computing, 3-D immersive and screen-based technologies render this data visible and enable scientists ‘to get inside’ and be engaged in some of the most challenging and complex medical and health problems.

You will hear from Tomasz Bednarz, Professor and Director, Head of Visualisation at EPICentre and UNSW Art & Design and Team Leader at CSIRO’s Data61, share his holistic approach to the wicked problem facing the collation, analytics and display of big data. Having completed a doctorate and masters in the computational science, Tomasz’s approach is expansive and encompasses the use of novel technologies (AR, VR, CAVE, Dome, AVIE), often in combination.

Over the last few years, he has been involved in a wide range of projects in the area of immersive visualisation, human-computer interaction, computational imaging and visualisation. Tomasz’s insights into seeing beyond what is in front of you shouldn’t be missed.

2:30pm – 4:30pm

Venue: UNSW Art & Design, Oxford Street (corner of Greens Road) Paddington

Estate Planning: Building a secure future
23 July 2019

Are you considering leaving a gift in your Will? Gain peace of mind knowing that your estate affairs are in order and that your final wishes will be adhered to.

We are pleased a UNSW alumnus Andrew Frankland BCom LLB ’86, a legal expert specialising in estate planning and Wills, will provide expert advice on making or updating your Will to reflect any change of circumstance.

Andrew has many years’ experience providing comprehensive estate and business succession planning services including structuring, tax advice and the implementation of all relevant documentation.

Andrew uses his areas of technical expertise to help individuals and families achieve both their personal estate planning and business succession planning objectives in a manner that is tax effective and protects their assets.

There are few people with Andrew’s knowledge and expertise in this area and his presentation promises to be highly practical and enlightening. We are thankful to Andrew for agreeing to give us a private talk.

2:30pm – 4:30pm

Venue: Galleries Room, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington Campus

Listen to the podcast from the event here.




Learn@Lunch is an easy-to-digest, one-hour lunch session open to one-and-all.

It’s an opportunity to foster lifelong learning. Learning doesn’t stop at graduation. Whether it’s new discoveries in neuroscience, innovative methods for managing bushfires, or the next generation of artificial intelligence, the series features a wide breadth of significant research and insights.

We look forward to seeing you throughout the year as you enjoy the Learn@Lunch series for 2019.

See the full 2019 Learn@Lunch Program here.


Scientia Circle Luncheon - Hosted by our Chancellor (for members and their guests)
12 November 2019

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

You will be welcomed by our leading academics, students and staff, who will provide fresh insights into current activities on campus. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the progress made by UNSW in a variety of fields of study, as well as receiving a guided tour through one of our dynamic centres to learn more about our exciting teaching facilities and collaborative spaces.

We are always delighted to meet and speak with alumni and friends who share our passion for ensuring future generations receive the educational opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise had. There is a great sense of camaraderie at our gatherings and we are frequently told that membership is a richly rewarding and enjoyable experience for all those involved.

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Venue: Tyree Room and Alumni Terrace, John Niland Scientia Building, Kensington Campus



 Donor story: Gaetano (Guy) Boncardo

The Adamo and Francesca Boncardo Equity Scholarship

Adamo and Francesca, were unable to finish primary school, living in their native Sicily right through the Great Depression, Mussolini’s dictatorship and World War II – but they knew the value of education. When they migrated to Sydney in 1952, they worked hard to establish a thriving market garden at Kellyville and were thrilled when their son Gaetano (Guy) became the first member of their family to attend university after being awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship.

It wasn’t easy for Guy, with a two-hour journey there and back on public transport each day, but he made the most of the time he spent commuting by studying and finishing assignment. After his first degree, he also attained a Master’s in Public Health Engineering, graduating 1979. He went on to become a highly skilled specialist in the design and management of water and sewerage systems, and and enjoyed a career spanning four decades with NSW Public Works, which took him across Southeast Asia. Years later, Guy is still grateful for the opportunities that first scholarship to attend UNSW has afforded him.

With his parents now passed on, Guy has arranged for funds from his parents’ estate to be used to set up the Adamo and Francesca Boncardo Equity Scholarship to assist other students and families who face a similar situation. Guy believes it’s important for all recipients of the scholarship to remember that their prosperity is a direct result of the dedication and sheer hard work of Adamo and Francesca.

Now a regular guest lecturer with UNSW Engineering, Guy says he’s delighted to be able to repay UNSW and intends to make a further gift by way of a bequest in his own Will.

 “At UNSW I learnt far more than the art of being a good civil engineer. UNSW taught me the need to consider the social context and develop appropriate engineering solutions for every community in which I worked. In 1972 UNSW gave me something that no other university in Australia was giving their engineers back then – an appreciation of the human element in devising the most appropriate solution to each problem. I am grateful to UNSW as I was provided w2ith a more complete education. That is why I am leaving a gift to the University in my Will”.

Gaetano (Guy) Boncardo BE’76 MEngSc’79


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]unsw.edu[dot]au