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The Walter Westman Lecture on Science, Humanity and the Environment

Each year International House hosts the Walter Westman Lecture on Science, Humanity and the Environment. This is in honour of IH Alumnus Walter Westman, an alumnus of the House from 1967 and the winner of the International House Alumni Award for Achievement in 1988.

Past speakers include:

  • 2014: Professor Peter Newman AO, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and Director of Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute. He is on the Board of Infrastructure Australia and is a Lead Author for Transport on the IPCC. He spoke on the topic: "Sustainability: from despair to hope".
  • 2013: Professor John Quiggin, Australian economist, a member of the Board of the Climate Change Authority and a Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. He spoke on the topic: "Is it too late to stabilize the global climate?".
  • 2012: Dr Ross Gittins AM, economics editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and an economic columnist for The Age. He spoke on the topic: "Is a 'steady-state' economy feasible?".
  • 2011: Dr Frank Jotzo, senior lecturer at the Crawford School, Director of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and Deputy Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute. He spoke on the topic: "Can Australia be a low-carbon country?".
  • 2010: Professor Ian Hickie AM, Executive Director of the Brain & Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney. He spoke on the topic: "Your Mind and Its Potential to create a better world".
  • 2009: John Conor, CEO of the Climate Institute of Australia. He spoke on the topic: "Targets, Technologies and the Till: How Australian and International Efforts are shaping up on the crucial elements of an effective global climate agreement".
  • 2008: Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds, CSIRO. He spoke on the topic: "Human Nature and Natural Limits – can they be reconciled?".