Canadian scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster Dr David Suzuki will present his first public lecture during his Sydney visit at the University of New South Wales on Saturday night.

He will deliver the 2013 Jack Beale Lecture on the Global Environment in the Sir John Clancy Auditorium, speaking on the topic of Imagining a sustainable future: foresight over hindsight.

Due to an overwhelming response by the public, there will be an extra room set up where people can watch a live stream of the talk.

Dr Suzuki, a geneticist, is an Emeritus Professor at the University of British Columbia, holds 28 honorary degrees from universities around the globe, and is co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation.

His foundation works with governments, business and individuals to help protect the diversity of nature, as well as a high quality of life, by providing science-based research, education and policy work.

Dr Suzuki has been recognised by the United Nations for his environmental leadership. He is also renowned for his many books and award-winning radio and television programs on the natural sciences and environmental issues.

The Jack Beale Lecture on the Global Environment was established in 1999 by the Hon Dr Jack Beale, Australia’s first Minister for the Environment (NSW parliament).

It provides the opportunity for an eminent scientist to examine Australia’s environmental responsibilities, opportunities and performance within the global context.

What: 2013 Jack Beale Lecture on the Global Environment delivered by Dr David Suzuki

When: Saturday 21 September 6-7.30pm. Doors open at 5.30pm.

Where: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW Kensington Campus.

For more information, check the UNSW Science website.

Media contact: Deborah Smith, UNSW Science: 02 9385 7307, 0478 492 060,