Graeme Clark orator announced


Renowned cancer researcher and Nobel Laureate, Dr Harold Varmus, will present the 2017 Graeme Clark Oration on Monday 30 October in Melbourne.

The Graeme Clark Oration is an initiative that promotes an understanding of science to the community. Dr Varmus will consider the promising landscape of cancer research and the accompanying changes in social and medical practices.

A pioneer of cancer research, Australia’s most prestigious free public science event will recognise advancements in health and medical research and Dr Varmus will discuss the progress of health and medical research globally, acknowledging the leaders that bring about the changes impacting people around the world.

AusBiotech will work collaboratively on the Oration with the Convergence Science Network and the University of Melbourne and is privileged to be involved with this much lauded world cancer authority.

Earlier in the day, Dr Varmus will present the Graeme Clark Innovation in Schools Award inspiring schools and inviting them to participate in the Graeme Clark Oration Schools Program. The program offers schools the opportunity to engage more with science while hearing Dr Varmus describe what influenced him to become a scientist and win the Nobel Prize. 

Dr Varmus has been a staunch advocate for open science and was as a co-chair of the of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology appointed by former US President, Barack Obama, in 1999. 

The Mayor of New York appointed Dr Varmus co-chair of the Life Sciences Advisory Council in 2017 which was a US$500 million initiative to establish New York as a global leader in life sciences research and development.

More information is available online. For information on supporting the event please contact AusBiotech Events at or call +61 3 9828 1400.