Ms Roberston delivered Murdoch University’s premier public lecture, the Sir Walter Murdoch Lecture, to a packed theatre on 28 September.
Ms Robertson, only the second female ever to lead a team at the Station, was seconded to the Australian Antarctic Division in 2005 from her job as a senior manager at Parks Victoria. Nine months of total isolation with 18 people she hardly knew meant the posting was no ordinary leadership role.
Antarctica in winter is totally inaccessible. Once the last ship leaves at the end of February, no-one can leave the base under any circumstance – not even if they are dying – until the ship returns in November.
Ms Robertson’s lecture focussed on the lessons she learnt from this most challenging of roles in the highest, driest, coldest and windiest place on earth.
Murdoch University’s premier public lecture was inaugurated in 1974 to mark the centenary of the birth of the University’s namesake, Sir Walter Murdoch. A respected academic, Walter Murdoch successfully bridged the gap between academia and the wider community – thereby establishing a tradition for the University which was named in his honour just days before his death in 1970.