The Graeme Clark Oration - Australia's most prestigious free public science event

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Cancellation of 2020 Graeme Clark Oration. In view of policy statements by both the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments, and in order to provide certainty to the community, sponsors and the orator, the 2020 Graeme Clark Oration, scheduled for 20 July, will be cancelled.

To everyone who has supported the 2020 oration so far – the many members of the public who have already registered to attend, the many schools who were making arrangements to engage with the Oration’s schools program, and to our generous and committed sponsors – we are very grateful for your interest and enthusiasm for the event. We look forward to informing you of the 2021 Graeme Clark Oration details as soon as we can.

The Graeme Clark Oration celebrates advances in health and medical research that impacts people around the world. It showcases world leaders in health and medical research and initiates a community-wide discussion around exciting developments in convergence science - where the life, physical and engineering sciences come together.

Dr Natalia Trayanova

GCO Biomedical Showcase

As a continuation of our initiative of the Graeme Clark Oration, we are pleased to announce that visitors to the event will have the opportunity to visit the Biomedical Innovation Showcase.

The Showcase is an exhibition from many of the Oration sponsors highlighting leading biomedical research and innovation taking place in Melbourne. The Showcase will be open from 4.00pm – 6.00pm, is free of charge and no registration is required. Main Foyer.

Graeme Clark Oration Schools Program

Victorian secondary schools are invited to participate in the 2020 Graeme Clark Oration Schools Program. The Program offers schools five opportunities for engagement with the Graeme Clark Oration:


A Graeme Clark Oration Special Event

Prominent women in STEMM

This event will advocate for gender equity, equality and diversity in STEMM, connect women in science across each professional sector and encourage discourse on how to ensure the health and success of Australia’s science sector in the future.

The lunch will provide an opportunity for supporters of STEMM from all genders to network and be inspired by the example of Dr Trayanova. Early and mid-career researchers, students, mentors and leaders across institutions and disciplines will find this event of value.


The event will be hosted by Michelle Gallaher, co-founder and co-chair of Women in STEMM Australia, Opyl (formerly The Social Science) and winner of Telstra’s Business Woman of the year 2017.


Video introduction by the Orator

Our Partners

Our Philosophy

We engage with the community to share the rapidly moving developments in health and medical science and technology innovation.  In a period when health and medical research is delivering new knowledge and hope for the diagnosis, treatment and cure for many diseases, it is even more important for scientists to engage with the community so that public trust in science and scientists remains strong.

The Graeme Clark Oration performs an important and valuable role in bringing world leaders in health and medical research to Australia to share developments and inspire school students and the population more widely about the new possibilities offered by this research.

Presented by:

Convergence Science Network


The Convergence Science Network is Australia’s first and only network that engages the public with developments and advances in the biomedical sciences.  Since our establishment in 2008, we have held over 90 events and attracted an audience of over 30,000 attendees. We established the Graeme Clark Oration in 2008 as our annual showcase event. We are for public good and not-for-profit. We are supported by local universities, research institutes, businesses and not-for-profit organisations. Our events provide an opportunity for the public to be inspired by the rapid advances in the biomedical sciences by inviting leading scientists and thought leaders to share their ideas and work. If you want to learn more about the range of events we offer and you want to join our network by subscribing at no cost, please visit the Convergence Science Network website here.




The Graeme Clark Institute for Biomedical Engineering


Established in 2017, the Graeme Clark Institute  promotes and coordinates the extensive bioengineering activities that exist across The University of Melbourne, drawing on emerging scientific and engineering approaches to drive transformative clinical solutions. The Institute’s vision is to shape the future of healthcare with biomedical engineering solutions that deliver health, societal and economic benefits to Australia and the world.  The Institute will enhance engagement between research and industry that will accelerate the translation of research into the clinic and the community. To learn more about the Graeme Clark Institute, please click here.


The Graeme Clark Oration

The Graeme Clark Oration is delivered by global leaders in health and medical science in honour of Prof. Graeme Clark’s pioneering work in developing the bionic ear in Melbourne in the 1970’s.  It is recognised as Australia’s most prestigious free public science event and is attended by secondary school students.