One of the first initiatives of the Centre was the establishment of a prestigious public lecture series designed to exemplify the best in communication. The Centre was officially opened at the first of these lectures given by Professor Sir Paul Callaghan on 21 February to a packed St David Lecture Theatre. Other lectures were given by: Finlay MacDonald (columnist and ex-editor of the Listener), Nicky Hager (investigative journalist), Professor Mike Colombo (psychologist and winner of many university teaching accolades), Kim Hill (radio broadcaster), Robyn Williams (host of Australia’s number one podcast on science for the ABC), and Associate Professor Allan Blackman (chemist).
This lecture series has proved very popular. While we still maintain it for occasional lectures, the series has largely morphed into our new SCITELL
initiative: talks about science that are recorded and placed online.