Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC, will present the 2014 Jack Beale Lecture on the Global Environment on Wednesday 13 August.

Professor Chubb will speak on the topic No Free Rides to the Future: Shoring up the Science to Sustain Us.

Professor Chubb was appointed to the position of Chief Scientist in April 2011, following 10 years as Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University. He had previously been Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Monash University and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong.

In 2006 he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for “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”.

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: 2014 Jack Beale Lecture on the Global Environment delivered by Professor Ian Chubb

When: Wednesday 13 August 2014, 6pm for 6.30 - 8pm lecture

Where: The John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington campus

Registrations are essential. To register online go to

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