Melbourne Forum gives you access to the highest level of expertise and real-world lessons that our conversation leaders – all with a reputation for excellence – bring to the table under the Chatham House rule.

We are committed to providing a platform for, and the increased visibility of, diverse voices.

With varied formats (in-person or virtual; conversation leader or members engaging with each other; learning from experts or exploring viewpoints) there are multiple ways to participate.

Explore our upcoming program of events and forums.

Loading Events

« All Events


July 23, 2021
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Free – $20.00


A Zoom event under the Chatham House rule
  • This event has passed.

Electric, Hydrogen, Autonomous? Hope, Hype, Reality of New Modes of Transport

MF Digital: Prof Sparrow, Prof Sweatman, A/Prof Legacy

Hosted by:
Dr Jonathan Spear

July 23, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Free – $20.00

Electric cars are here, there’s lots of hype about hydrogen, and self-driving cars may be just around the corner.

When will we get them? How will they work? Are they safe? What will they mean for our cities? Who wins and who loses from their arrival?

We are delighted to have three distinguished experts join us to help answer these questions from distinctly different perspectives.

Robert Sparrow is Professor of Philosophy at Monash University and an expert in the real-world ethical implications of science and technology. Peter Sweatman is Enterprise Professor in Transport Technologies at the University of Melbourne with deep international experience in the development of automated and zero emission vehicles. Crystal Legacy is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne and has published widely on urban transport politics and planning.  

Join us for this discussion on changes to how we move that will affect us all – and happen more rapidly than you might expect.

As a Zoom event, there will be ample opportunity for you to bring your burning questions and ethical conundrums about the future of transport.

Please to RSVP

Please to book tickets

Tickets are not available as this event has passed.