The Keith Roby Memorial Lecture in Community Science is an annual, free public science lecture made possible by the generous support of donors.

The Keith Roby Memorial Lecture was established in memory of Murdoch University foundation member Dr Keith Roby. Dr Roby believed science could make a major contribution towards resolving contemporary issues such as the dilemmas surrounding the environment, energy, resources and genetic engineering.

Each year a distinguished speaker is invited to deliver a lecture that builds on Dr Roby's pioneering life's work, of directing science and technology towards satisfying the fundamental needs of humankind.

Audience at a Keith Roby Memorial Lecture

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Previous lectures

Dr Ledger is an author and research scholar of faith, science, and technology. She explores the themes of the lecture through the question "How are human communities to express their creativity, effectively and compassionately, in a world in crisis?

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Presented by community change facilitator, Dr Louise Duxbury, the lecture examines how, despite the many advances in science, the well-being of people across the globe is variable with an increasing divide between rich and poor and the sustainability of natural systems is under threat.

Presented by animal ecologist and conservation biologist, Dr Denis Saunders AM, the lecture examines the degradation of Western Australia’s Wheatbelt region and discuss whose role it should be to protect the native biota the Wheatbelt has remaining.

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Presented by physicist and climate scientist, Dr Bill Hare, the lecture examines The Paris Agreement’s central aim to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change, looking at the opportunities for Australia and Western Australia, to take advantage of the coming transformation of the global energy system.

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Lectures from earlier years are available online via the  Library.