University of Newcastle


Graduation Ceremony 2012 ~

On Saturday 14 April, Alasdair Foster delivered the Occasional Lecture at the graduation ceremony for students from the Faculty of Education and the Arts at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales. Speaking to an audience of over 1,000 in the Great Hall, he emphasised the importance of building bridges between people, between disciplines and between cultures.

Drawing together research in the areas of evolutionary theory, civil engineering and neurophysiology he argued that the creativity necessary to meet the challenges of the world as it is becoming is inextricably linked to the acts of human communication and collaboration.

Above: Alasdair Foster chats with the Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, Professor Trevor Waring AM (left) and the Vice Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen.


Photos © Kirsty Foster


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