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Can science solve unsustainable fashion?

21 August 2019
From new materials to A.I., science hopes to solve some of fashion’s biggest problems.

International House is proud to announce author, podcaster and VOGUE Sustainability Editor Clare Press as speaker for this year’s Walter Westman Lecture on Science, Humanity and the Environment.

The annual lecture, held in honour of International House alumnus Walter Westman, will be held from 7-9pm on Wednesday 11 September. This year’s lecture topic, ‘Can science solve unsustainable fashion?’, will uncover the $3 trillion industry behind what we wear, an enterprise which emits more greenhouse gases than aviation and maritime combined. Alumni, current residents and members of the community are invited to attend.

Clare is author of three books including The Dressing Table (Penguin, 2011) Wardrobe Crisis, How We Went From Sunday Best to Fast Fashion (Nero), and her latest work, Rise & Resist, How to Change The World (Melbourne University Press, 2018). Her podcast, Wardrobe Crisis, focuses on the big issues of fashion including justice for garment workers, climate change and plastic pollution through weekly interviews with guests ranging from academics to fashion insiders.

Dr Westman (1945-1991) was a prolific researcher within the fields of ecology, geography and environmental policy, publishing Ecology, Impact Assessment, and Environmental Planning, the first integrated text on the subjects. He was founder of the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP), through which he strived to enhance communication among gay and lesbian scientists and campaigned against homophobia in the scientific workplace.