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

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.

Professor Timothy Denison

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 2019 Graeme Clark Oration Schools Program. The Program offers schools five opportunities for engagement with the Graeme Clark Oration:


Graeme Clark Oration Special Events

Prominent women in STEMM panel

The 2019 Graeme Clark Oration Women in STEMM Lunch seeks to address this inaccurate portrayal of women by showcasing three outstanding Women in STEMM entrepreneurs. This event will serve to demonstrate and share the stories of women who have led companies in the biomedical and health space, and to help expand the breadth and depth of the network of women who are in STEMM entrepreneurship or who aspire to join this space.

Each woman will share her experience in stages of the start-up business journey, convene for a panel discussion and take audience questions.


Neurotechnology - Future Trends and Applications Workshop

A neurotechnology workshop will be held in conjunction with the Graeme Clark Oration 2019, to be delivered by Professor Tim Denison, Professor of Neurotechnology, University of Oxford.

Neurotechnology is a promising field of research attracting increased attention and resources. Australia is an emerging player in the field, with university research programs and PhD training.



Thank you to our sponsors for this event:

This one-day workshop will bring together clinical and technological expertise from around Australia to explore recent technological advances applications.


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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.

2019 Sponsors

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.