School of Geography officially on the map
The School of Geography was officially launched as part of the Faculty of Science on Thursday 23 Feb 2017.
Around 400 guests celebrated the launch, including staff, students, alumni and industry connections. The audience also included members of the 1960 commencing group.
"The launch provided a welcome opportunity for Melbourne’s geography community, including University of Melbourne alumni, to gather and reconnect," said Head of the School of Geography, Professor Lesley Head.
"The School was delighted to receive warm wishes from geographers from other universities, from the community of geography teachers and from our own and other geography alumni working in a variety of fields."
During the evening, Professor Head gave an overview of the School's strategic vision. Speeches were also made by Professor Mark Hargreaves, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Partnerships and External Relations); Professor Karen Day, Dean of the Faculty of Science; as well as Dr Michael-Shawn Fletcher and Svenja Keele, who gave short presentations on their current work in the School.
A highlight of the event was a presentation from Reverend Tim Costello AO, Chief Advocate for World Vision Australia and Patron of the Australian Geography Teachers Association. He delivered a speech entitled Geography in Context, reflecting on the important role that Geography plays in educating the global citizens of tomorrow.
Geography has been taught at the University of Melbourne since 1960, and until 2015 was housed in the Department of Geography and Resource Management in the Melbourne School of Land and Environments. Now one of seven schools in the Faculty of Science, the School of Geography is the only university department in Australia dedicated to the study and teaching of geography.