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 2015 Alumni Lecture was 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. In this talk, he highlighted major factors influencing the fertility landscape, asking 'what will our fertility look like in 100 years?' 

For more information about this annual lecture contact the Office of Alumni and Philanthropy on +61 2 4921 6380 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.