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Redmond Barry Lecture 2018: Science and uncertainty in the age of Sir Redmo...

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The Courtyard, State Library Victoria

328 Swanston Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Sir Redmond Barry could never have imagined the ways science would transform our world during the late 19th and 20th centuries. In today’s rapidly changing technological environment, our future is just as unpredictable. In the 2018 Sir Redmond Barry Lecture, Professor Adrienne Clarke explores how strong science and mathematics education can help prepare us for the future, whatever it may hold.

Adrienne E Clarke AC

Adrienne Clarke is Emeritus Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. Her primary disciplines are plant molecular biology and cell biology and her major research contributions are in understanding reproduction in plants and protection of plants from attack by insects and fungi.

She is a founder of Hexima Ltd, an Australian company focused on control of fungal disease and agricultural biotechnology, and of Biosupplies Australia Pty Ltd, a specialty chemical company. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA)and Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia in 2004.

She served as Chair of the CSIRO Board (1991–1996), Lieutenant Governor of Victoria (1997–2000), Founding Chair of VESKI (2003–2007), Chancellor of La Trobe University (2011–2017) and on various government boards and committees. She has also served on the boards of several public companies including Woolworths Ltd, WMC Ltd, Alcoa of Australia, and Fisher and Paykel Healthcare Ltd.

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This annual lecture honours the work of Sir Redmond Barry, founder of the State Library and a key figure in the development of Australia’s cultural and intellectual life.

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