Alumni Lecture

The Alumni Lecture (formerly the Convocation Lecture) is presented by the Alumni Advisory Committee and showcases the expertise of the most senior recent academic appointment to the University of Newcastle.

The upcoming Alumni Lecture will be given by Laureate Professor John Aitken, Pro Vice-Chancellor of UON's Faculty of Health and Medicine

The Future of Sex

Laureate Professor John Aitken is one of the world's leading reproductive biologists, dedicating his life's work to revolutionising contraception for women and men and curing infertility.

Professor Aitken will highlight the factors influencing the fertility landscape and the increasingly desperate and underfunded search for novel methods of contraception. He will consider the fundamental questions, how did we manage to engineer a society where one in six couples require assistance to conceive, while one in four pregnancies end in abortion? And ultimately, what will our fertility look like in 100 years time? 

Newly-appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor of UON's Faculty of Health and Medicine, Professor Aitken is also Laureate Professor of Biological Sciences. As Co-Director of the Priority Research Centre in Reproductive Science at UON, he leads a 50-strong research team studying fertility and contraception which has attracted almost $50 million in funding. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Australian Academy of Science and Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. He was named as 2012 NSW Scientist of the Year.

Date: Tuesday 2 June 2015
Venue: Watt St Arc, Newcastle 
Time: 5.45 for a 6pm start

To register or for more information about this annual lecture contact the Office of Alumni and External Relations on +61 2 4921 7454 or

2013 Alumni Lecture 

The 2013 Alumni Lecture was presented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Andrew Parfitt on May 28 at the Newcastle City Hall. His topic was Space: Australia's Final Frontier

Other past presenters of the Alumni Lecture include Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen, Conjoint Professor (Nursing and Midwifery) Louise O'Brien and Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Nick Talley.