‘The promise of science: a vision of hope’ was the theme for the ABC’s annual Boyer lecture series, during September by former Academy President Professor Suzanne Cory AC FAA FRS.
Professor Cory gave the first of her four lectures, ‘Science for a healthy people’, to an enthusiastic live audience in ABC’s Iwaki Theatre in Melbourne. She spoke about Australia’s achievements in medical science and the promise of future research.
The second and third of the weekly talks further examined Australia’s contributions and potential around the themes of ‘Science for a healthy economy’ and ‘Science for a healthy environment’.
In her fourth and final lecture, Professor Cory turned to women in science. Entitled ‘People for science’, the talk delved into some of the little known stories of Australian and international heroines of science and mathematics. Professor Cory then proposed ideas for encouraging and keeping women in science.
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