It has been a fantastic year of events and fellowship. The Melbourne Forum ran a record number of 73 events across the arts, politics, culture and Melbourne life genres – from our inaugural series of intimate Melbourne Stories and the Former Premiers’ series, through to signature events with David Marr, Ahmed Fahour, Prof Rhonda Galbally AO and Andrew Denton. A particular highlight this year was Brain Research: The New Frontier with Professor Geoffrey A Donnan AO. It is not just the guest conversation leader or the topic that makes a conversation interesting; it is also the different views amongst our peers.
2017 is looking to be a similarly high calibre year with Saul Eslake kicking off our economic series, while Emeritus Professor David Penington AC, Dr Clayton Thomas, the Hon Jeff Kennett AC, Dr Meredith Doig and Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM have confirmed their dates to present and generate thought provoking conversations.
We will also be carefully following the politics of President Elect Trump and the implication for Australia throughout the year as well, and lining up informed conversation leaders such as Andrew Peacock to discuss these issues.
These events will be listed on the Melbourne Forum website in December.
If I don’t have an opportunity to see you again this year, I would like to wish you and your loved ones all the best for the Festive Season and look forward to sharing a wonderful 2017 with you.
Andrea Hull AO