Pearcey Oration

Podium With Speaker 100

The Pearcey Oration is presented each year by an eminent expert reflecting on critical contemporary issues impacting our nation, arising from the introduction and adoption of new and advanced technologies into our society.

2019 Pearcey Oration

In 2019, the Pearcey Oration will be given by the Roger Taylor. It will be presented in conjunction with the Victorian State Entrepreneur Award at a sit-down dinner on the evening of Tuesday 27th August, 2019 at the Woodward Centre, Melbourne Law School.

The 2019 Pearcey Oration will explore the key challenges Australia faces as we become increasingly reliant upon artificial intelligence. While AI has been prevalent in the software industry for many years, it is now being recognised as a pervasive force impacting our daily lives - professional, business and personal. As Roger Taylor will argue, the ethics surrounding the application of AI in our society is challenging as machines make more and more decisions without the context of human considerations.

Roger TaylorRoger Taylor

Roger Taylor is chair of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. He has worked as an entrepreneur, a regulator and a writer. He has argued for a rebalancing of control over data and information towards citizens and civil society. He is chair of Ofqual, the qualifications regulator and a member of the advisory panel to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation. His has written two books: God Bless the NHS (Faber & Faber (2014) and Transparency and the Open Society (Policy Press 2016). He co-founded Dr Foster which pioneered the use of public data to provide independent ratings of healthcare. He worked as a correspondent for the Financial Times in the UK and the US and, before that, as a researcher for the Consumers' Association.

Dr Greg AdamsonDr Greg Adamson

The Oration will include a "fireside" chat with Dr Greg Adamson. Greg is an internationally recognised leader in the area of ethics in technology and has particular interest in AI, cryptocurrency/blockchain, and cybersecurity, an area in which he led strategy and practice for wholesale banking at ANZ Bank for nearly a decade. Today Greg is the Enterprise Fellow in Cybersecurity for the Melbourne School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne and continues his long-standing global leadership roles in ethics, digital inclusion and the social implications of technology with the IEEE, the largest professional association in the world.

All are welcome to the Pearcey Oration, which is one of the key events in the Digital Innovation Festival. The Oration dinner is generously supported by the Victorian Government. This is the 11th year for the Pearcey Oration and the 20th year for the Pearcey Victorian Entrepreneur Award.

Pearcey Oration details:

  • Date: Tuesday 27th August, 2019
  • Time: 6.30pm for 7pm
  • Venue: Woodward Centre, 10th floor, Melbourne Law School (Building 106), University of Melbourne, 185 Pelham St, Carlton
  • Price: $250/ $150 (public funded R&D organisations and friends of Pearcey)
  • Special rates for tables

To register, please go to: Pearcey Oration 2019 or call Slatterys on 03 9663 3093.

Past Orations have been given by the ABC's Science Show host Robyn Williams, Victoria's Lead Scientist Amanda Caples and Paul Shetler's 2018 provocative Oration entitled "Be Bold Australia".

Some of our past Pearcey Orations have have been recorded as podcasts  :

Paul Shetler

28 Aug 2018

2018 Pearcey Oration

The 2018 Pearcey Oration was delivered by Mr Paul Shetler, a technologist and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience working on large projects in the technology industry and in guiding major government digital initiatives. The provocative talk was entitled "Be Bold Australia!". »» Read more...

Jo Burston

28 Aug 2017

2017 Pearcey Oration

The 2017 Pearcey Oration was delivered by Ms Jo Burston, founder and CEO of Job Capital, co-founder and director of Phronesis.Academy and founder of the entrepreneurial movement Inspiring Rare Birds. The Oration was given in the evening of Monday 28 August 2017, at The Hub in Bourke Street, Melbourne as part of Vic Government's Digital Innovation Festival. »» Read more...

Amanda Caples

06 Sep 2016

2016 Pearcey Oration

The 2016 Pearcey Oration was delivered by Dr Amanda Caples, Victoria's Lead Scientist and Deputy Secretary, Sector Development Division of theDepartment of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. »» Read more...

John Grant Pearcey Oration 2015

17 Nov 2015

2015 Pearcey Oration

The 2015 Pearcey Oration was delivered by Mr John Grant, Managing Director of Data#3 and Chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission. This was part of the Pearcey Awards held in conjunction with the ACS Disruptors Awards gala dinner held on Tuesday 17 November 2015 at the Sydney Star. »» Read more...


29 Aug 2014

2014 Pearcey Oration

The 2014 Pearcey Oration as delivered By Senator Kate Lundy on the 29th August 2014 at the 2014 iAwards Lunch hosted by Ms Kathy Coultas, Vic Gov, at the Melbourne Convention Centre. »» Read more...


2010 Pearcey Oration

The 2010 Pearcey Oration was presented by Dr Megan Clarke, CSIRO as part of the World Computer Congress 2010 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Merivale Street, Southbank Qld 4101, Australia on Wednesday 22nd September 2010 »» Read more...

2008 Pearcey Oration Dr Cutler

22 Sep 2010

2008 Pearcey Oration

The 2008 Pearcey Oration as delivered by Dr Terry Cutler. During 2007-8 Dr Cutler conducted a comprehensive review of Australia's National Innovation systemon on behalf of the Federal Government. In the first public statement on the findings of this review, Dr Cutler outlined what was learnt and what recommendations were made to the Prime Minister. »» Read more...