2017 Oration

A steed to be harnessed: science for the benefit of the nation

Professor Ian Chubb imagines a Commonwealth fit for the twenty-first century: armed with science, guided by principle and led with conviction.

Professor Ian Chubb AC


Distinguished scientist and academic Ian Chubb is a former Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University (2001 to 2011) and Chief Scientist for Australia (2011 to 2016).

He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1999 and a Companion in the Order of Australia in 2006 for his ‘service to higher education, including research and development policy in the pursuit of advancing the national interest socially, economically, culturally and environmentally, and to the facilitation of a knowledge-based global economy’. He was the ACT Australian of the Year in 2011 and has received six honorary doctorates. In 2016 he was awarded the Australian Academy of Science Medal for his outstanding contributions by sustained efforts in the public domain which have significantly advanced the cause of science and technology in Australia.


2pm, Saturday 28 October 2017
Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts, Tenterfield NSW

Admission free, but booking recommended
(02) 6736 6100 or email h.bolton@tenterfield.nsw.gov.au