Past LECTURES AND SPEECHES

2014

View past 2014 events on the new Academy website.

2013

Seeing the light with polymers - printed solar cells as a commercial reality
2013 public lecture in the Australian Science: Global Impact series by Professor Andrew Holmes
Shine Dome, Canberra, 3 December 2013

Catalysis – a key enabling science and technology
2013 public lecture in the Australian Science: Global Impact series by Professor Thomas Maschmeyer
Shine Dome, Canberra, 5 November 2013

The CSIRO WiFi technology invention
2013 public lecture in the Australian Science: Global Impact series by Dr John O'Sullivan
Shine Dome, Canberra, 1 October 2013

Ice, wind, and waves: In search of climate clues in the Southern Ocean
2013 public lecture in the Australian Science: Global Impact series by Dr Steve Rintoul
The Shine Dome, Canberra, 3 September 2013

Science behind the headlines | Australia’s innovation future
Why science and innovation is one of the major critical issues facing Australia in the next 5 years.
An interactive talk organised in conjunction with
RiAus.
Shine Dome, Canberra / Science Exchange, Adelaide, 27 August 2013

The cervical cancer vaccine story
2013 public lecture in the Australian Science: Global Impact series by Professor Ian Frazer
The Shine Dome, Canberra, 6 August 2013

D/evolving Australia
Address by Professor Suzanne Cory. National Press Club, Canberra, 3 July 2013

How electrical stimulation of the Brain gives speech understanding to severely deaf people
2013 public lecture in the Australian Science: Global Impact series by Professor Graeme Clark
The Shine Dome, Canberra, 2 July 2013

Science in the Media
Transcript | Presentation
A special talk on science in the media by ABC Chair, the Hon. Jim Spigelman AC QC
The Shine Dome, Canberra, 25 June 2013

Law of the locust: a tale of swarms, cannibals, ageing and human obesity
2013 public lecture in the Australian Science: Global Impact series by Professor Steve Simpson
The Shine Dome, Canberra, 2 June 2013

Quality in Education
Inaugural Lawrie Shears Public Lecture, transcript from speech by Professor Suzanne Cory
Transcript | Presentation
Treasury Theatre, 30 April 2013

Weird mammal genomes, sex and the future of men
2013 public lecture in the Australian Science: Global Impact series by Professor Jenny Graves
The Shine Dome, Canberra, 2 April 2013

Exploring the last frontier: Australia's pioneering work in astronomy
2013 public lecture in the Australian Science: Global Impact series by Professor Brian Schmidt
The Shine Dome, Canberra 5 March 2013

Launch of Negotiating our Future - Living scenarios for Australia to 2050 
The Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO 
The Shine Dome, Canberra, 21 February 2013 

Harnessing death for life
2013 public lecture in the Australian Science: Global Impact series by Professor Suzanne Cory 
The Shine Dome, Canberra, 5 February 2013

Making science work
Public lecture by UK Royal Society President Sir Paul Nurse
Melbourne University, 21 January 2013

2012

Australia’s non-metropolitan population: Trends and implications
2012 public lecture in the Caring for the Australian countryside series by Professor Graeme Hugo
The Shine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday 4 December 2012, 6 pm

Rural policy, people and place: sustainability in an uncertain future
2012 public lecture in the Caring for the Australian countryside series by Professor Margaret Alston
The Shine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday 6 November 2012, 6 pm

Out and about in the Universe
Academy's 2012 Selby public lecture by Professor Richard de Grijs
The Shine Dome, Canberra, Monday 5 November 2012, 6 pm

Bringing science to the forefront of government policy: addressing today’s challenges
Lecture by UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor Professor Sir John Beddington CMG FRS
Wednesday 10 October 2012, Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Canberra , 6.30 pm

Resolving the conflict between agriculture and mining over prime land on the Liverpool Plains
2012 public lecture in the Caring for the Australian countryside series by Tony Windsor MP
The Shine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday 2 October 2012, 6 pm

101 things to do with an energetic electron
Academy's Lloyd Rees lecture 2012 by Professor Joanne Etheridge
Ian Wark Lecture Theatre, CSIRO Materials Science & Engineering, Victoria
Tuesday 4 September 2012, 2.30 pm

Buying biodiversity - the role of philanthropy in nature conservation
2012 public lecture in the Caring for the Australian countryside series by Michael Looker
The Shine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday 4 September 2012, 6 pm

National Science Week - Giants of Science: Academy's speaker series
The Shine Dome, Canberra
Professor Brian Schmidt, Saturday 11 August, 11 am
Professor Mike Raupach, Monday 13 August, 6 pm
Professor Chris Goodnow, Wednesday 15 August, 6 pm
Peter McLeish, Friday 17 August, 6 pm

Whither the mountains: an odyssey
Australian Academy of Science 2012 Mawson Medal and Lecture for outstanding contributions to earth sciences
Professor Gordon Lister  2012 Mawson Lecture
International Geological Congress, Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane, Thursday 9 August 2012, 7.30 pm

Management of invasive plants
2012 public lecture in the Caring for the Australian countryside series by Dr Richard Groves
The Shine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday 7 August 2012, 6 pm

Coal seam gas: alternative energy source or environmental hazard
2012 public lecture in the Caring for the Australian countryside series by Professor Sue Golding
The Shine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday 3 July 2012, 6 pm

Hooked on Science: From Australian schoolgirl to Nobel Laureate
Professor Elizabeth Blackburn's speaking tour of Australia (NSW, QLD, ACT, TAS, VIC)
The Shine Dome, Canberra, Thursday 21 June 2012, 10 am to 12.00 noon
Tour starts with lecture at the Garvan Institute, Darlinghurst, Sydney on 14 June 2012

Australia’s desert heartlands: a vibrant future or a victim in decline?
2012 public lecture in the Caring for the Australian countryside series by Dr Mark Stafford Smith
The Shine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday 5 June 2012, 6 pm

Trade-offs between agriculture and the environment: how do we decide what to protect?
2012 public lecture in the Caring for the Australian countryside series by Dr Anna Roberts
The Shine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday 3 April 2012, 6 pm

Innovation requires global engagement
In Conversation with Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt and
Professor Andrew Holmes, Foreign Secretary Australian Academy of Science
The Spot (Basement) Theatre, 198 Berkeley St, 5.30pm - 7.00pm, Friday 30 March 2012

From dust bowls to food bowls: The conservation farming revolution
2012 public lecture in the Caring for the Australian countryside series by Dr John Kirkegaard
The Shine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday 6 March 2012, 6 pm

The Biggest Estate on Earth: Aboriginal land management
Public lecture in the Caring for the Australian countryside series
by Adjunct Professor Bill Gammage
The Shine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday 7 Feburary 2012

2011

Myxomatosis and rabbits: biological control and evolution
Public lecture in the Fenner's science today and tomorrow series by Dr Peter Kerr
The Shine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday 6 December 2011

From continental drift via plate tectonics to a new paradigm
Public lecture by Professor John Dewey
Corresponding Member of the Australian Academy of Science
The Shine Dome, Canberra, 21 November 2011

Changing India's science, technology and innovation landscape
Public lecture by Dr T. Ramasami, Government of India, Department of Science and Technology
The Shine Dome, Canberra, 4 November 2011

Pestilence, pandemics and climate change: 2000 years of experience, 100-plus years of risk

Public lecture in the Fenner's science today and tomorrow series by Professor Tony McMichael
The Shine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday 1 November 2011

Frank Fenner, the evolution of virulence, and the birth of Darwinian medicine
Public lecture in the Fenner's science today and tomorrow series by Professor Andrew Cockburn
The Shine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday 4 October 2011

Driving Australia’s economic future through robust investment in science and in science and maths education
Address by Professor Suzanne Cory. National Press Club, Canberra, 28 September 2011

The miracle of immunity: how the immune system tells foe from friend
Public lecture in the Fenner's science today and tomorrow series by Professor Chris Goodnow
The Shine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday 6 September 2011

Women in Chemistry @ Parliament House
Public seminar with Professor Carol Robinson, Professor Margaret Sheil and Professor Suzanne Cory.
The Theatre, Parliament House, Canberra, Thursday 25 August 2011, 2.30-4.30 pm

Killer Viruses and Killer T cells
Public lecture in the Fenner's science today and tomorrow series by Professor Peter Doherty
The Shine Dome, Canberra, 2 August 2011

The History of Science and 'The Two Cultures': envisaging multidisciplinary approaches in a complex scientific age
Public lecture in the Fenner's science today and tomorrow series by Dr Ann Moyal
The Shine Dome, Canberra, 5 July 2011

New perspectives on Ecologically Sustainable Forest Management
Public lecture in the Fenner's science today and tomorrow series by Professor David Lindenmayer
Shine Dome, Tuesday 7 June

Malaria: the plant connection
Public lecture in the Fenner's science today and tomorrow series by Professor Geoffrey McFadden
Shine Dome, 5 April 2011

Bioterrorism: Who do we need to fear the most, the terrorist or the research scientist?
Public lecture in the Fenner's science today and tomorrow series by Professor Ian Ramshaw, Shine Dome, 1 March 2011

2011 Public lecture series – Fenner’s science today and tomorrow
Starting 6.00pm on 1 February 2011, Shine Dome, Canberra

2010

Australian Water Reform – The Murray-Darling Basin Plan
Public lecture in the water series by Professor Barry Hart, Shine Dome, 7 December 2010

Cooperation for a Green, Smart and Sustainable Future in the Changing World
Public lecture by Professor Lu Yongxiang, Shine Dome, Thursday 18 November 2010

Groundwater Challenges and Opportunities for Australia in the 21st Century
Public lecture in the water series by Professor Craig Simmons, Shine Dome, 2 November 2010

Discovery of Australopithicus sediba in South Africa: Implications for our family tree
Public lecture by Professor Paul Dirks, Shine Dome, 23 September 2010

Riding the X-ray wave: Some personal reflections
2010 Lloyd Rees Lecture presented by Dr Stephen Wilkins, Chief Research Scientist
Ian Wark Lecture Theatre, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Clayton, 23 September 2010

Aboriginal knowledge and cultural values of water
Public lecture by Brad Moggridge, Shine Dome, 7 September 2010

Recycling stormwater – new urban water supplies using aquifer recharge
Public lecture by Peter Dillon, Shine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Launch of A Big, Bold, Simple Concept
Architect Roger Pegrum launches the new book on the Shine Dome by Dr Alan Roberts, 27 April 2010

Water reform in Australia
Public lecture by Mr Ken Matthews CSIRO Discovery Centre , Canberra, Tuesday 6 April 2010

Challenges for the next 50 years
Public lecture by Lord Martin Rees Shine Dome, Canberra, Thursday 25 March 2010

Francis Crick: Who was the man who discovered DNA?
Public lecture by Professor Robert Olby. Shine Dome, Canberra, 11 March 2010

Primary Industries and Science – an Academy Perspective
Presentation by Professor Kurt Lambeck to Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics Outlook 2010 Conference, 3 March 2010

Building water sensitive cities: From socio-technical path-dependency to adaptive governance
Public lecture by Associate Professor Rebekah Brown. Shine Dome, Canberra, 2 February 2010

Public lecture: Leveraging Australia’s water information by Dr Rob Vertessy
Shine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday 2 March 2010

2009

Water as a limiting resource in dryland agriculture
Public lecture by Dr John Passioura, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 1 December 2009

Exploding stars and the accelerating cosmos: Einstein's blunder undone
A public lecture by Professor Bob Kirshner, Clowes Professor of Science at Harvard University and 2009 Selby Fellow, Canberra, 16 November 2009

Celebrating the International Polar Year: Looking to the past to see the future
Two free public lectures by Dr Ian Allison and Dr Mark Stevens to celebrate the conclusion of the International Polar Year. Royal Institution of Australia, Adelaide, 5 November 2009

Converging insecurities: The water, energy, carbon and food nexus
Public lecture by Andrew Campbell, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 4 November 2009

The Encyclopaedia of Life
Public lecture about an ambitious project to create a web page for every species on Earth, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 26 October 2009

Italy: Research and Technology in Space Science
Presented by the Embassy of Italy, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 21 October 2009

Food security in a changing climate
Public lecture by 50th Anniversary Selby Fellow Professor Peter Gregory, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 20 October 2009

Australia's water challenges
Public lecture by Dr Don Blackmore, The Shine Dome, Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Internationalisation of Australian Science
Address by Professor Kurt Lambeck. National Press Club, Canberra, 9 September 2009

Climate change, human aspiration and the finite capacity of planet Earth
Public lecture for National Science Week by Dr Michael Raupach, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 19 August 2009

COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology
Public lecture by Dr Martin Grabert, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 12 August 2009

The contribution of renewables in Australia’s future energy mix
Public lecture by Dr John Wright, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 4 August 2009

Conferring of awards from French Government for bilateral collaborations
Address by Professor Kurt Lambeck, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 21 July 2009

Tidal energy: A viable form of renewable energy
Public lecture by Dr Tim Finnigan, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 7 July 2009

Comments on Heaven and Earth: Global warming the missing science
Transcript from Professor Kurt Lambeck's interview on Ockham's Razor, 7 June 2009

Wind energy: How it works and where it's going
A public lecture by Professor David Wood, The Shine Dome, Canbera, 2 June 2009

Solar thermal concentrators: Capturing the sun for large scale power generation and energy export
A public lecture by Professor Keith Lovegrove, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 7 April 2009

Bioenergy options for Australia
A public lecture by Dr Steve Schuck, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 3 March 2009

Fuel cells: A real option for base load electricity
A public lecture by Dr Karl Föger, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 3 February 2009

2008

National Science Academies as one driver in knowledge-based development
A talk given by Professor Kurt Lambeck at the Academy Presidents' Forum, Taipei, 6 December 2008

Geothermal energy: The industry now and in the future
A public lecture by Dr Anthony Budd, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 2 December 2008

Innovation today, not tomorrow (external link)
Transcript from Professor Kurt Lambeck's interview on Ockham's Razor, 30 November 2008

Role of the Australian Academy of Science in development of a national innovation policy
A talk given by Professor Kurt Lambeck at the Academy, Research Institution and National Innovation System symposium, Beijing, 12 November 2008

Wave energy: The industry now and in the future
A public lecture by Dr Tom Denniss,The Shine Dome, Canberra, 5 November 2008

Solar photovoltaics: Power source for the future?
A public lecture by Professor Martin Green, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 7 October 2008

A low carbon economy based on renewable energy: The only way to go
A public lecture by Dr Barney Foran, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 2 September 2008

Taking measure of our universe
A public lecture for National Science Week by Professor Brian Schmidt, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 19 August 2008

Inquiry-based science education in Australia: A national curriculum
Professor Julie Campbell's address to the National Press Club, Canberra, 2 July 2008

Launch of the Primary Connections unit Schoolyard safari
Professor Kurt Lambeck's welcome, Mossfiel Primary School, Melbourne, 24 April 2008

Plant science at the frontiers: Safeguarding Australia's primary industries
A public lecture by Dr John Manners, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 1 April 2008

Being prepared – from a diagnostic laboratory perspective
A public lecture by Dr Martyn Jeggo, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 4 March 2008

Australian Frontiers of Science
Professor Kurt Lambeck's welcome address, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 21 February 2008

Enhancing the quality of the experience of postdocs and early career researchers
Professor Kurt Lambeck's welcome address, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 14 February 2008

2007

Medical and molecular image analysis
A public lecture by Professor Sir Michael Brady, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 11 December 2007

From Einstein intuitions to quantum bits: a new quantum age
A public lecture by Professor Alain Aspect, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 27 November 2007

Academy calls for increased funding for research and innovation
Professor Kurt Lambeck's transcript from Radio National’s The Science Show, 10 November 2007

Linnaeus as a role model for today's science
A public lecture by Professor Gunnar Öquist, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 7 November 2007

Coral Reef Futures07 Forum
Professor Kurt Lambeck's welcome address at the Forum, 18 October 2007

The utilisation and promotion of new energy sources in Australia
Professor Kurt Lambeck's address at the Nobel Laureates Beijing Forum (Forum on Energy Conservation, Emission Reduction and Sustainable Development), 14 September 2007

The climate–energy nexus: The transition from vicious circle to virtuous circle
Professor Kurt Lambeck's address at the Nobel Laureates Beijing Forum (Forum on Energy and Environment Strategy), 11 September 2007

Roadmap for a prosperous Australia in a competitive world
Professor Kurt Lambeck's address to the National Press Club, 26 September 2007

Emerging viral diseases: What are the threats and how should we respond?
A public lecture by Professor John Mackenzie, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 4 September 2007

The dark side of the universe
A series of public lectures by the Academy’s 2007 Selby Fellow, Professor Joseph Silk, August 2007

From mad cows to disappearing bees: Safeguarding Australia from emerging diseases of animals
A public lecture by Dr Mike Nunn, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 7 August 2007

The (not so secret) lives of galaxies (external link)
A public lecture by Professor Mike Dopita, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 23 August 2007

Shine Dome stamp launch
Landmarks: Australian modernist architecture

Photons – quantum ideas that could influence your life (external link)
A public lecture by Professor Hans Bachor, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 6 June 2007

Ozone depletion and climate change: A tale of two environmental issues
A public lecture by Dr Susan Solomon, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 24 May 2007

A doctor in the Australian garden – Linnaeus, his tercentenary and Australian flora
A public lecture by Professor John Pearn, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 22 May 2007

Geological crises in the evolutionary theatre
A public lecture by Professor John Chappell, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 3 April 2007

Putting our science to work — Insights into the commercialisation of science
A public lecture by Tom Connelly, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 13 March 2007

Mr Toad comes to Darwin: An evolutionary perspective on the cane toad invasion
A public lecture by Professor Rick Shine, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 6 March 2007

The Great Barrier Reef: Designed to survive (built to last?)
A public lecture by Professor Terry Hughes, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 6 February 2007

2006

Why is Australia a cradle for the evolution of complex social systems in birds?
A public lecture by Professor Andrew Cockburn, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 5 December 2006

China's future prospects
A public lecture by Professor Yongxiang Lu, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 8 November 2006

Desalinating water cheaply – exploring technologies
A public lecture by Dr Jason K Holt, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 26 October 2006

Drifing proteas or continents? Historical biogeography of the Proteaceae
A public lecture by Dr Peter Weston, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 3 October 2006

Stem cell discussion
A discussion hosted by ABC Radio National, 14 August 2006

Sea level in a changing climate environment
Professor Kurt Lambeck's address to the National Press Club, 23 August 2006

Australian mammals: Curious sex and reproduction
A public lecture by Professor Jenny Graves and Dr Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe, The Shine Dome, Canberra, 15 August 2006

Talking science – creating a community conversation
Professor Barry Marshall's address to the National Press Club, 12 July 2006

President's address
A presentation to Fellows and guests at Science at the Shine Dome by Dr Jim Peacock, 4 May 2006

China’s science and technology towards the new era
Public lecture by Professor Xu Guanhua, Minister of Science and Technology, The People's Republic of China, 16 February 2006

2005

The beginner's guide to winning the Nobel Prize
Professor Peter Doherty's address to the National Press Club, 9 November 2005

Tomorrow's agriculture – we need to work things out!
Dr Jim Peacock's address to the National Press Club, 27 July 2005

Carbon dioxide: Acidic oceans and geosequestration
Two public lectures given at The Shine Dome, Canberra, 7 July Ocean uptake of carbon dioxide: Are the oceans acidifying? – Dr Steve Widdicombe
Geological storage of carbon dioxide: How long can we keep it out of the atmosphere? – Dr John Bradshaw

President's address
A presentation to Fellows and guests at Science at the Shine Dome by Dr Jim Peacock, 5 May 2005

The changing atmosphere in 2005
Public lecture by Professor F Sherwood Rowland, 21 February 2005

2004

Humanity's heritage: The human genome and stem cells
Professor John Shine's address to the National Press Club, 21 July 2004

President's address
A presentation to Fellows and guests at Science at the Shine Dome by Dr Jim Peacock, 6 May 2004

2003

GMOs, gene technology and the troubles with food
Telstra Address to the National Press Club by Dr Jim Peacock, 16 July 2003

2002

Research priorities for Australia: Setting our future
Telstra Address to the National Press Club by Professor Michael Barber, 26 June 2002

President's address
A presentation to Fellows and guests at Science at the Shine Dome by Professor Brian D O Anderson, 2 May 2002

2001

Educational challenges for future Australia (by Professor Michael Barber)
Paper given at the Business/Higher Education Round Table summit meeting, 31 October 2001

National science and industry policy – balancing the centrifugal tendency (by Professor John White)
An extract from Reflections on the Australian Constitution, 17 August 2001

Priorities in science, mathematics and technologies (by Professor Robert Porter)
Paper presented to Education Queensland, 2 August 2001

Australia and the ICT revolution
Telstra address to the National Press Club by Professor Brian D O Anderson, 25 July 2001

Transcript of the speech given by the Prime Minister, the Hon. John Howard MP, at the launch of The Shine Dome
Canberra, 4 May 2001

1998

Major issues for science in the 21st century
A speech given to the UNESCO: Asia-Pacific Science Conference by Professor Brian D O Anderson, President. 2 December 1998