Copland Lecture


Bringing the views and perspectives of the world’s leaders to Australian audiences.

Sir Douglas Berry Copland’s legacy of international cooperation is acknowledged through CEDA's Sir Douglas Copland Lecture, delivered by a high calibre international speaker.

This lecture has brought the views and perspectives of a distinguished line of international figures – Nobel Laureates, business leaders and politicians.

2020 Copland Lecture: the Hon. Julie Bishop 

Having represented Australia on the world stage as Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2018, Julie Bishop provides unique insight that aligns with the purpose of the Copland Lecture. At the 2020 Copland Lecture, Ms Bishop will discuss Strategic and ethical leadership in a time of change and disruption. Register for the 2020 Copland Lecture on 11 August 2020 in Melbourne.


Past Copland lectures

Important for business to take a stand on issues: Rio Tinto CEO

On 20 March 2018, CEDA welcomed Chief Executive of Rio Tinto, Jean-Sébastien Jacques, a highly respected thought leader across a wide range of geopolitical and economic issues within the mining industry and more broadly. Read speech highlights or watch his address, available here.

The paradox of risk aversion: Incoherent governance and the outlook for a dysfunctional world

Held in April in Sydney, the 2013 Copland lecture was presented by Dr Robert Johnson, Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.
Read article from this event.

Transitioning to a Low Emissions Future: Implications for Global Energy systems

Held in March in Melbourne, the 2012 Copland lecture was delivered by Professor Ottmar Edenhofer, one of the world's leading experts on managing the impacts of climate change.