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.
Graeme Clark Oration Schools Program
The Graeme Clark Oration Schools Program is dedicated to engaging with Victorian secondary school science students and teachers to promote STEMM as an education and career choice. The Program is a unique opportunity for schools to participate and celebrate advances in biomedical science and hear from distinguished leaders in science from around the world. We are delighted and proud this engagement will continue in 2020 with an expanded program.
Design Thinking Workshops – Bioengineering treatments for heart disease
These workshops introduce students to careers in STEM and showcase convergent science by asking students to draw on interdisciplinary knowledge across different STEM areas. Guided by scientist mentors, students will utilise research technologies and simulations to investigate the physiology of the heart. Victorian bioengineers seeking innovative solutions to treat heart disease will present a research challenge to students. Student teams will employ a design thinking model as they design a device to meet the challenge of treating heart disease.
To register interest to participate in this workshop, please click here. Expressions of Interest close 5.00pm, Friday, 20 March 2020.
Design Thinking Workshops – Bioengineering treatments for heart disease, 10am – 2.15pm, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre,
2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf
The Biomedical Innovation Showcase for Schools
The Biomedical Showcase for schools provides students the opportunity to interact with local STEM experts and entrepreneurs from Biomedical engineering companies, from small start-ups to large institutes. Representatives will demonstrate their innovative products and ideas that are changing the face of healthcare. Students can get hands-on with novel technologies and will be encouraged by scientists to ask questions as they move freely between displays. This event is tailored for students and their teachers. Haven’t attended a Biomedical Innovation Showcase in the past?
Watch highlights from the 2019, 2018 and 2017 Biomedical Innovation Showcase.
The School’s Biomedical Showcase from 2.15pm – 3.15pm in the foyer of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Monday, 20 July.
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 The 2020 Orator, Dr Natalia Trayanova, Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Medicine at John Hopkins University, will be held on the day of the Oration.
Dr Natalia Trayanova, Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Medicine at John Hopkins University, will deliver a special presentation for secondary school science students and their teachers. Natalia will discuss her career journey, what inspired her into STEM research, and her research discoveries at a level accessible to secondary students. Students have the opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.
Interested to attend the Biomedical Innovation Showcase and the Special Presentation for Schools? Register here.
Expressions of Interest for the Biomedical Innovation Showcase for Students and the Special Presentation for Schools closes 5.00pm, Friday, 19 June 20
The Graeme Clark Oration
Schools are encouraged to invite 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 an audience of 1,500 attendees to experience Natalia’s public oration. Register via the Graeme Clark Oration event registration facility, click below.
Graeme Clark Oration, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Students and teachers interested in attending the Graeme Clark Oration should register by clicking the button below
Graeme Clark Oration Dinner 7.30pm - 10.00pm
There is an opportunity for a limited number of schools to have a teacher and two students to secure complimentary tickets to attend 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.
Youth Ambassador Program
The Graeme Clark Oration Youth Ambassadors represent Victorian students during the Graeme Clark Oration Schools Program and at the Graeme Clark Public Oration. The ambassadors are VCE students pursuing studies in one or more of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM).
They promote the significance of having a STEM-ready workforce to address issues that concern the youth of Victoria and to solve problems of the present and future. They recognise the importance of events such as the Graeme Clark Schools Program in promoting careers in STEM, and showcasing interdisciplinary science as an approach to solving problems by integrating expertise, knowledge, technologies, and ideas from various fields to transform health care.
The Graeme Clark Youth Ambassadors will participate in the Graeme Clark Oration Schools Program where they will:
The Graeme Clark Oration Youth Ambassadors will provide a brief presentation at the Graeme Clark Public Oration where they will provide an exposé of the Schools Program, and share the capabilities and aspirations of Victorian STEM students and experts that emerged through their experiences in the Schools Program.
The Graeme Clark Youth Ambassadors will be invited to attend the Graeme Clark Oration dinner accompanied by a teacher or guardian.
The Graeme Clark Oration Youth Ambassadors are supported prior to the program and throughout the day by the Convergence Science Network communications volunteers and GTAC Education Officers. Prior to the event the Ambassadors will be asked to provide a headshot and will be interviewed so organisers can prepare a biography that will be posted on the Graeme Clark Oration website. At the event, the Ambassadors will be coached as they work together to prepare and practice their presentation for the public oration.
Are you the Graeme Clark Oration Youth Ambassador for 2020?
Are you passionate about transforming healthcare through interdisciplinary science? The Graeme Clark Oration Committee is seeking two Victorian senior secondary students to be the Graeme Clark Oration Youth Ambassadors for 2020. We are looking for students who love STEM, and want to see and be a part of the change as science, technology, engineering and mathematics converge to solve medical and biomedical challenges.
To apply please submit a video that is no more than 2 minutes in length. In your video provide your name and the school that you are studying at. Then provide us with your responses to the following three questions:
Please note that you will not be assessed on video quality and you are more than welcome to film using a camera phone or webcam.
How to submit your entry:
Step 1: Click below to complete the online application form through the GTAC website. An automated email receipt will be sent to you after completing the application form.
Step 2: The automated email receipt contains instructions on how to submit your video and media release form (see details below). Follow these instructions to complete your application.
Please note that you will need to include the name of the teacher at your school who endorses your entry.
You will also need to upload a completed media release form that is signed by yourself (if you are 18 years in age or older) or by your parent/guardian (if you are under 18 years of age).
Download the media release form by clicking here or clicking the link in your email receipt.
Download application form
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.