Professor Paul Hardisty, Former Director CSIRO Land and Water, Adjunct Professor UWA & Author
CY O’Connor Lecture Series
Each year the National Trust of Australia (WA) commemorates the significant contribution CY O’Connor’s legacy has made to the state and nation with an annual lecture held on or about the anniversary of his death – 10 March.
O’Connor’s work and his personal life were guided by qualities of integrity, innovation, sustainability and equality. His projects have stood the test of time and remain a testament to his brilliance. It is this sense of courage and purpose and its subsequent legacy, that this lecture series seeks to promote.
Speakers invited to deliver the annual address will explore a topic and/or person, historical or contemporary, relevant to their area of expertise that is within the spirit of O’Connor’s legacy. While it is not necessary that topics relate specifically to O’Connor or engineering, it is anticipated that they will present ground breaking research, innovation, best practice or excellence.
THE Big Water-Related Challenges - 2017
Do we celebrate our scientists, engineers and innovators enough - 2016
Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia,
Australia’s competitiveness in the 21st Century - 2015
Prof Deborah Terry, Vice Chancellor Curtin University
The State of Nation Building - 2014
Hon Stephen Smith, former Federal politician
Threats to Australia’s heritage - 2013
Hon Prof Carmen Lawrence, Chair Australian Heritage Council & former Premier of Western Australia
Connecting and Building Sustainable Communities - 2012
Dr Ken Michael AC AM, former Governor of Western Australia
Energy that doesn’t cost the earth
Dr Bev Ronalds, Group Executive Energy, Australian Resources Research Centre, CSIRO