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May 2022

Decarbonising The Built Environment – what actions can the industry take now?

May 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free 1 spot left

There is mounting pressure on CEOs and boards to adopt and develop more sustainable business practices and the built environment - both new builds and existing portfolios - is no exception. The conversation will be guided by two Melbourne Forum members Peter Lamell, Non Executive…

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Transboundary animal diseases: next pandemic? 

May 26 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00

It seems that we are seeing more animal diseases in our media than ever before. From Japanese encephalitis detected across Australian piggeries and Avian flu detected in millions of Australian chickens to ‘Lumpy’ skin disease which infects cattle ‘on our nation’s doorstop’. Why is this…

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The Role of Universities in a Post-COVID world

May 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Pepe’s Italian and Liquor, 275 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$80.00 – $95.00 5 tickets left

The last two years have presented numerous challenges for Victoria’s universities, with COVID-19 affecting almost every area of their activity. The impact on revenue from international student enrolments has been well publicised, while universities have also had to grapple with how best to continue teaching,…

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Friday Imbibo series-federal election!

May 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule

Election Day has been - do we have a result? Many members joined in the very entertaining online drinks sessions at 5pm on Fridays last year. Bring your beverages and nibbles for an online discussion. All opinions, gripes etc welcome! Our Friday election imbibo series…

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June 2022

RISING Festival – Melbourne Forum double-bill

June 3 @ 5:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Golden Square carpark, Little Bourke Street then Melbourne Museum
$80.00 1 ticket left

A festival three years in the making!  Put on your walking shoes and immerse yourself in a fabulous Rising 'double bill' for Melbourne Forum. Golden Square "art, empire, identity, spirituality overlap in China town".  Four floors of the Golden Square car park is being activated…

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Chinese espionage tradecraft and covert action and why the US and its allies, including Australia, need to stay focussed

June 7 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $20

The People’s Republic of China's massive ‘whole-of-society’ approach to espionage is creating a new paradigm on how intelligence activities are conducted, viewed, and addressed by nations. In fact, a key element in the US-China trade war and downward spiral in relations is Washington’s demands that…

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June 14 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free 3 spots left

An innovation agenda for turning our biggest global societal challenges into opportunities to thrive. Whether you’re a board director, a business leader, an executive, a professional in the sustainability field, or someone who wants to be better informed about ways to take positive action, this…

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IPCC Sixth Assessment Report – lessons from the Australasia factsheet?

June 20 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free 8 spots left

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2021 – The Physical Science Basis, was published drawing on the contributions of hundreds of scientists from around the world. The report provides an assessment and synthesis of peer-reviewed literature on climate science and…

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July 2022

Two Lives, One Nation and Art Under Tyranny

July 12 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free 11 spots left

This book group discussion takes us on a journey with Ai Weiwei - one of the world's most famous artists and activists - whose memoir tells a century-long epic tale of China through the story of his own extraordinary life and the legacy of his…

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Boardroom responses – opportunities and risks in a zero carbon, sustainable world.

July 18 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free 9 spots left

Navigating the complexity and scale of moving towards zero carbon is a key focus for boards and directors while the momentum for sustainability is not abating. Expectations are increasing. Scrutiny from many directions and varied stakeholders is adding to the urgency of meaningful change. The…

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