Fay Gale Memorial Lecture

The Fay Gale AO Memorial Lecture seeks to recognise and support the work of women in Australian geography. It does so in an effort to address structural discrimination against women in the academy and our discipline.

At each IAG Conference, an outstanding early career researcher working in Australia is invited to give a plenary Fay Gale Memorial lecture on a geographical topic of their choice.

(An early career researcher is defined by the ARC and the IGU as a person who completed a PhD less than five years ago, or less than seven years ago including a maximum additional two years to cover periods of unemployment, part-time employment, and/or career interruptions due to childbirth, carer’s responsibilities, misadventure or illness, as currently described within the ARC’s Research Opportunity framework.)

Past Fay Gale lectures

Process for selecting speakers for the Fay Gale Memorial Lecture

The conference organisers select an appropriate speaker, with a preference for a local researcher, and send their nomination to the President six months before the conference. The President issues the invitation to the chosen speaker.

The IAG covers the costs of the speaker’s attendance at the conference

It is expected that the lecture would be submitted to Our Journal Geographical Research for publication.

In a joint conference year when the conference is held in New Zealand, an alternative nominating mechanism could be used, e.g. Council could invite smaller departments to nominate someone.