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From the President

A short, but hopefully helpful, newsletter for October, with a more detailed one coming to you in early November.

Of most immediate importance is to remind members of our AGM—a live event!!—at the University Club on 21 October. Drinks and nibbles at 5.45, the AGM business part of the meeting at 6pm, followed by our guest speaker Judy Tierney. Judy is a great raconteur, and her presentation from Kuwait to Scandinavia is sure to be both insightful and amusing. We need to know, for catering and COVID reasons, who is attending so if you haven’t registered yet, and want to be there, the link is HERE https://aiiatas.tidyhq.com/public/schedule/events/30751-aiia-tasmania-agm

The agenda, annual report, summary of events and financial statement will be emailed to members late next week.

We hope the AGM will be a chance to celebrate our resilience as an organisation during this extraordinary year, and the opportunities that webinars have provided for us, both locally and nationally, to expand our horizons both in speakers and subject matter.

It will also be an opportunity to celebrate our significant partnerships with the University of Tasmania, through its Events team, national office and other branches of AIIA, and the local office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade DFAT).

As advised in the September newsletter, our Government House lecture for 2020 has been deferred until early in 2021. Hopefully, we will be able to advise of the date and speaker by early December.

We are still hopeful that our other annual highlight, the Plimsoll Lecture, will go ahead by webinar in November. Negotiations are continuing apace on this!! If the Plimsoll cannot be arranged for 2020 AIIA will have another interesting event in November to take its place and ensure the year is finished on a strong and positive note.

Looking back over September, the webinar highlight was our panel on ‘Health of the Planet’, chaired and organised by Council member Dr Steven Phipps, featuring Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas, Dr Ruth Adler and Dr Sara Davies. The panel discussion, and Q and A, ranged across climate change, its costs to the planet and its people and the challenges for human health from perspectives of science, international policy, economics and health. Terrific!!

I look forward to catching up in person on October 21…an AGM in a year like no other!!

 

Kim Boyer

October 2020