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 2016 Graeme Clark Oration Schools Program. The Program offers schools four opportunities for engagement with the Graeme Clark Oration:
Special presentation to Schools
• A special presentation for secondary school science students and their teachers by the 2016 Orator, Dr Thomas Insel, Director of Clinical Neuroscience at Verily (formerly Google) Life Sciences This session will allow students to hear Dr Insel describe what influenced him to become a scientist, his research interests, why he joined Google and his thoughts on how mental illness can be tackled in the future.
This presentation will commence at 3.30pm on Tuesday, 30 August, and be held in Plenary 2 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Schools wishing to participate in the Special Presentation and Graeme Clark Oration should advise the event organisers of the number of students and teachers likely to attend at the following email address: schools@GraemeClarkOration.org.au
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 almost 2,500 attendees to hear Dr Insel deliver his oration, Science and Technology: New frontiers for helping people with mental illness.
The Oration commences at 6.15pm sharp in Plenary 2, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will conclude at 7.30pm.
Graeme Clark Oration Dinner
• There is an opportunity for a limited number of schools to send a teacher and two students to the Graeme Clark Oration Dinner, held immediately after the conclusion of the Graeme Clark Oration. This is a rare opportunity 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 following email address – eoi@GraemeClarkOration.org.au
Please note that we will only accept one Expression of Interest (EOI) per school. When sending your EOI, please advise the school name, the name of the school contact, their email and phone details. EOI’s will not be accepted after 5.00 pm AEST on Friday, 29 July 2016.
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 Science Innovation in Schools.
The Oration Dinner will be held in the Melbourne Room, Level 2, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, commencing 8.00 pm and concluding at 10.30 pm.
Award for Science Innovation
Congratulations to Parkdale Secondary College for being awarded the Graeme Clark Award for Science Innovation in Schools.
The Graeme Clark Award for Science Innovation in Schools was inaugurated at last year’s event. 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 is the initiative of the Graeme Clark Foundation, and we thank the Foundation for making this award possible.
This year’s award received a number of high quality applications from schools across Victoria, the competition was strong, and pleasingly there is so much effort and activity in schools across Victoria to develop exciting science promotion programs for students. Three schools were shortlisted for the Award:
• John Monash Science School in Clayton
• Our Lady of Mercy College Heidelberg, and
• Parkdale Secondary College in Mordialloc.
The 2016 Graeme Clark Award for Science Innovation in Schools was presented to Parkdale Secondary College.
Parkdale Secondary College has transformed secondary school science through its Science, Technology and Engineering Pathway (STEP) Program. It commenced as a ‘Breakfast club program’ for a small number of students in 2014 and has become the Parkdale STEP 2016 initiative across Year’s 7 – 10 comprising of six different co-curricular units, including 3D modelling, anatomy, robotics and forensic science- each presented before school with each STEP unit being coordinated by a Parkdale Secondary College teacher and supported by guest speakers, experts in the relevant discipline, excursions and support from other institutions
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. At the 2015 Graeme Clark Oration, secondary schools throughout Victoria were invited to apply for the Graeme Clark Award for Innovation in Schools. This award was 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.
Applications for the 2016 Award are now open.
The winning application will be announced at the conclusion of the Graeme Clark Oration and presented by Dr Thomas Insel and Laureate Professor Emeritus Graeme Clark AC
The 180mm bronze plaque will be designed and made by leading Melbourne sculptor, Michael Meszaros.
Graeme Clark Award for Science Innovation in Schools
This award has been established by The Graeme Clark Foundation to celebrate and acknowledge Science innovation in schools that has added value to the school community by raising the profile of science 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 science innovation has transformed the science program through the convergence (cross-disciplinary) of at least 3 science disciplines, eg. Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and IT and has raised the profile of science from within and the wider school community.
• That the pedagogies adopted have demonstrated improved student motivation and engagement, enhanced achievement that is reflected through to the senior years.
• The partnership(s) established have increased student understanding of real world applications with the purpose of developing scientifically literate students.
• That the science innovation enables the capacity building of teachers through professional development where there is a focus on developing a shared understanding of outstanding science teaching.
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 Friday, 29 July 2016.
Applications must be sent as a single or multiple documents in PDF format to: award@GraemeClarkOration.org.au
Each application will be acknowledge upon receipt by the Graeme Clark Oration organisers.
If required, schools may be contacted after the closing date for a short interview as part of the evaluation process.
The application judged to be the best overall will be announced at the
Graeme Clark Oration on Tuesday, 30 August, 2016, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Should schools have any questions regarding the award, please send your query to the following address: award@GraemeClarkOration.org.au
The Graeme Clark Award for Science Innovation in Schools is made possible through the generous support of the Graeme Clark Foundation.
The Graeme Clark Oration Schools Program is supported by the Gene Technology Access Centre and Quantum Victoria.
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.