The Graeme Clark Oration - Australia's most prestigious free public science event
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:
Special presentation to Schools
As part of the Graeme Clark Oration program of events, a special presentation for secondary school science students and their teachers by the 2019 Orator, Professor Timothy Denison of Oxford University, will be held on the day of the Oration.
Professor Denison is not typical of many university academics: he completed his first degree in physics, then completed his PhD in engineering, after which he spent many years working in one of the largest medical technology companies, Medtronic, where he also completed an MBA. Now, he has moved to academia to lead a team at Oxford University with the mission of developing advanced neural technologies to improve the lives of people suffering neurological disease.
In this session for secondary school science students and teachers, Professor Denison will share the factors that influenced his early interest in science and his journey from a physicist to an engineer, his industry experience and why he has moved to academia.
This special presentation will commence at 3.30pm on Monday, 22 July in Plenary 2 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. This is a free event.
Schools wishing to participate in the Special Presentation should advise the number of students and teachers that will be attending to the Graeme Clark Oration Schools Program Supporter, the Gene Technology Access Centre, https://www.gtac.edu.au/graemeclark, by no later than Wednesday, 17 July 2019
The Biomedical Innovation Showcase
Sine the 2017 Oration, attendees have been able to visit the Biomedical Innovation Showcase. The Showcase is an opportunity to explore local innovations that are changing the face of healthcare. Visitors will be able to meet scientists developing exciting and novel technologies that address a number of disease applications and have the opportunity to see these technologies displayed.
Secondary school students and teachers attending the Special Presentation to Schools are invited to visit the Showcase at the conclusion of the presentation.
The Showcase will be held from 4.00pm – 6.0pm in the foyer of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Monday, 22 July.
The Graeme Clark Oration
Schools are encouraged to send students, their parents and teachers to attend the Graeme Clark Oration, Australia’s most prestigious free public science event. Attendance is free of charge and students will be able to join a total of over 1,500 attendees to hear Professor Denison his oration, Towards an electronic prescription?
The Oration commences at 6.15pm sharp in Plenary 2, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will conclude at 7.30pm.
Students and teachers interested in attending the Graeme Clark Oration should register by clicking the button below
Graeme Clark Oration Dinner
Since the 2011 Oration, secondary schools have been invited to attend the Graeme Clark Oration Dinner held after each Oration. There is an opportunity for a limited number of schools to send a teacher and two students to the 2019 Graeme Clark Oration Dinner. This is a rare opportunity for students to join leaders from Victoria’s medical research and academic community, government and business for an evening of networking, fine dining and conversation. Attendance at the dinner will be free of charge.
Schools interested in being part of this very private and special occasion are asked to submit an Expression of Interest at the website of the Graeme Clark Oration Schools Program Supporter, GTAC: https://www.gtac.edu.au/graemeclark.
Please note that we will only accept one Expression of Interest (EOI) per school. When sending your EOI, please advise the school name, the school contact name and details - email and phone. EOI’s will not be accepted after 5.00 pm AEST on Friday, 5 July 2019.
Schools will be notified in advance of the event to arrange the necessary approvals. Preference will be given to schools that participate in the Special Presentation to Schools and/or the Graeme Clark Oration and that have made an application for the Graeme Clark Award for STEM Innovation in Schools.
The Oration Dinner will be held in the Sovereign Room, Level , Exhibition Centre,
commencing 7.30 pm and concluding at 10.00 pm..
Graeme Clark Award for STEM Innovation
Since the 2011 Graeme Clark Oration, Victorian secondary school science students and teachers have attended the event in ever greater numbers, and some have also attended the Graeme Clark Oration Dinner. Since the 2015 Oration, secondary schools throughout Victoria have been invited to apply for the Graeme Clark Award for STEM Innovation in Schools. This award is made possible through the generosity of the Graeme Clark Foundation.
The Award was established to celebrate and acknowledge science innovation in Victorian schools that has added value to the school community by raising the profile of science through innovative practices, partnerships and programs.
The Award has to date been awarded to Maffra Secondary College, Parkdale Secondary College and Casterton Secondary College.
Applications for the 2019 Award are now open.
The winning application will be announced at the conclusion of the 2019 Graeme Clark Oration and presented by Professor Timothy Denison and Laureate Professor Emeritus Graeme Clark AC.
Graeme Clark Award for STEM Innovation in Schools
This award has been established by The Graeme Clark Foundation to celebrate and acknowledge STEM innovation in schools that has added value to the school community by raising the profile of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through innovative practices, partnerships and programs.
The award is open to all secondary schools in Victoria. Only one application per school will be accepted.
Schools applying need to demonstrate the following:
• Evidence that the STEM innovation has transformed the curriculum through the convergence (cross-disciplinary) of at least 3 science disciplines, eg. Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and IT and has raised the profile of STEM from within and the wider school community.
• That the pedagogies adopted have demonstrated improved student motivation and engagement reflected through the increase in numbers of students enrolled in STEM subjects to the senior years.
• The partnership(s) established have increased student understanding of real world applications with the purpose of developing STEM literate students.
• That the STEM innovation enables the capacity building of teachers through professional learning where there is a focus on developing a shared understanding of outstanding teaching in the convergence disciplines identified.
Schools will be required to submit their application as a written document, with each of the criteria to be answered in no more than a single A4 page.
Schools may submit evidence as attachments.
Applications will close at 5.00 pm AEST on Wednesday, 10 June 2019.
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.