Fay Gale Lecture

The Fay Gale Lecture is named in honour of the late Professor Gwendoline Fay Gale AO (1932–2008), the first female president of the academy (1997–2000) and an eminent human geographer well known for her contributions to academia, the advancement of women within academia, Indigenous studies and juvenile justice. The lecture was inaugurated in 2010, is presented each year by a distinguished female social scientist and is open to the public. As part of the academy's Outreach program the lecture is presented twice—first at the lecturer's home university and then at another venue usually in a different city.

About - Fay Gale

Gwendoline Fay Gale AO (1932 - 2008) was the first Honours graduate in geography from the University of Adelaide and went on to become an eminent human geographer and served as Vice Chancellor of the University of Western Australia from 1990–97.

She was well known for her contributions to academia, the advancement of women within academia, Indigenous Studies and juvenile justice. Fay received the Order of Australia in 1989 for her contributions to the social sciences, namely geography and Indigenous Studies.

In 1978, Fay was elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and she served as the academy's first female president for the period 1997–2000.

In honour of Fay's contributions to both the academy and the social sciences, the academy invites Fellows once a year to nominate distinguished female social scientis to present the Fay Gale Lecture. The Fay Gale Lecture is part of the academy's outreach program to showcase the academy to the wider academic community. It is thus normal practice for the Fay Gale Lecture to be delivered first in the speaker's home university (if in Australia) and then at two other venues in other states or territories. 

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