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2017 Separation Dinner and La Trobe Lecture


On the 1st of July 1851, Victoria achieved not only its separate geographic boundaries, but also Responsible Government with the formation of the Victorian Parliament. Other Victorian institutions including the Supreme Court and the Public Service also commenced on this important day. (A public holiday prior to World War 1).

Each year this event is celebrated, by the Victoria Day Awards on or near 1 July and a Dinner to celebrate the Anniversary of Separation and to listen to the La Trobe Lecture.




The La Trobe lecturer this year is Mr Alan Simon Finkel AO FAA FTSE, 2016 Victorian of the Year and Australia's Chief Scientist. An Australian neuroscientist, engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, he served as Chancellor of Monash University in 2008-2016.

He has recently completed a review of the National Electricity Market Review.

In 2006, he focused his career in Australia and undertook a wide range of activities. He led the amalgamation that formed the Florey Neuroscience Institutes; he became Chair of the Australian Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) and was a director of the ASX-listed diagnostics company Cogstate Limited. He was Executive Chair of the educational software company Stile Education, Chair of Manhattan Investment Group, Chief Technology Officer of Better Place Australia and Chair of Speedpanel Australia.

A winner of the Clunies Ross Award for facilitating international neuroscience research, Dr Finkel is committed to science education. He co-founded Cosmos Magazine, which in addition to magazine publishing operates a secondary schools science education program. At ATSE, he led the development and implementation of the STELR program for secondary school science, which has been adopted in nearly 500 Australian schools.

Dr Finkel also established the Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience to train early career neuroscientists and is patron of the Australian Science Media Centre.

Dr Finkel is also a Trustee of the Royal Society of Victoria

For further information about Alan Finkel go here, here.and here.

Location:  Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Place, Melbourne
Dress: Black Tie Preferred
Cost: $130 per person, which will include predinner drinks, a three-course dinner and all table wines.
TIME: 7:00 PM Saturday 29 July
Bookings are essential and Close: Tuesday 25 July ( Bookings now extended to 10pm Wednesday 27 July)

Once the event closes booking MAY still be possible, ring Anthony Cree 0400 627 923

Contact Details:

Norman Kennedy


0419 379 540

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