ACT 2024 Margaret Hendry Lecture

ACT 2024 Margaret Hendry Lecture

This year's Margaret Hendry Lecture will focus on the themes of urban design, climate change, women in leadership and safe cities, and will take inspiration from the quote by Gustav Speth:

‘I used to think the top environmental global problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change, I thought with 30 years of good science we could address those problems. I was wrong.

The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy – and to deal with these we need a spiritual and cultural transformation and we scientists do not know how to do that. “


Drinks will be held from 5:30-6:30pm with the presentations by our four speakers running from 6:30-8:30pm.


The venue is the Shine Dome, which was built in 1958 and was the first Canberra building to be placed on the National Heritage List.


Thank you to ACT Partners Glascott, iGuzzini and Sika Australia for their support of this event.









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Emily Hilder

As Head of the Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator (ASCA), Professor Hilder is leading the establishment of ASCA. Emily joined Defence as Chief Maritime in DSTG in November 2020, and held the role of Chief Platforms from July 2022 to April 2023. Prior to joining Defence she was Director of the Future Industries Institute (FII) and Deputy Director of the ARC Research Hub for integrated devices for end-user analysis at low levels (IDEAL) at University of South Australia. Emily is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and has been recognised by a number of awards including the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia (2019), RACI Doreen Clarke Analytical Medal (2016), UTAS Foundation Graduate Award (2010) and has been included in the Analytical Scientist Power Lists from 2013-2017, 2019-2021 including the ‘Top 40 under 40’ and as one of the top 10 leaders in analytical science.


Margo Neale

Margo Ngawa Neale is Senior Indigenous Curator and Head of the Centre for Indigenous Knowledges at the National Museum of Australia. Her major international exhibitions include Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters, touring globally and Utopia: The Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Margo has written and edited publications including the Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture and the 10-volume series on First Knowledges for Thames and Hudson. Margo was listed among the top 10 Museum Influencers in the world by Blooloop for 2022.



Emily Wong

Emily Wong is a Landscape Architect, design researcher and editor of Landscape Architecture Australia magazine. In addition to landscape architecture, she has a background in journalism, art history and law. She has written for a variety of art and design publications, including ArchitectureAU, Artichoke, Houses and Landscape Architecture Australia, and has taught landscape architecture studios and seminars at RMIT University, Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. She is currently a PhD candidate at RMIT University researching new strategies for design curation.


Wednesday, 06 March 2024
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
The Shine Dome
15 Gordon St
Acton ACT 2601

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