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.

2016 Oration

One of our most successful Orations was held on Tuesday 30 August at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Over 1500 people from all areas of science and public heard Dr Insel explain how technology can impact on mental health diagnosis and treatment.

Innovation in Schools Winner

Congratulations to Parkdale Secondary College for an outstanding submission to take out the Graeme Clark Award for Science Innovation in Schools. We received a great response from some of the top schools around Victoria. The judging panel were impressed with the calibre of work but 'Parkdale stood out as an innovator in their approach to Science education'.

World's Science Leaders

The Oration brings to Melbourne some of the worlds greatest science leaders and is attended by local leaders from medical and biomedical research institutes, the academic community, the Australian and Victorian Governments, the philanthropic sector, representatives from the diplomatic corps, business leaders and some of our brightest Year 11 and 12 science students and their teachers.

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.

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The Convergence Science Network is an initiative that promotes an understanding of the rapidly moving developments in convergence science to the community.

Established in 2008, the Convergence Science Network:

Engages with the community to share developments in convergence science and how these advances impact medicine and health care.

Inspires the research community, start-ups, existing businesses,  government agencies and schools to take advantage of the opportunities offered by convergence science.

Creates the environment and opportunities for new ideas, knowledge and resources across different science disciplines to come together to improve health.

The University of Melbourne has played a significant role in the development of the world's first multi-channel cochlear implant (bionic ear). It appointed Graeme Clark to the first chair in audiology in Australia, in 1970 and it supported his endeavour to build the bionic ear, including collaborators across several faculties at the University. Professor Clark is a Laureate Professor Emeritus at the University of Melbourne and is located at the Centre for Neural Engineering.


The University of Melbourne is a foundation sponsor of the Graeme Clark Oration, having supported every Oration since 2008. In 2016, the University of Melbourne is partnering with the Convergence Science Network to jointly deliver the Graeme Clark Oration.

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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.