Free public lecture: world renowned science communicators to tackle big issues

August 11, 2015

<Predicting the next challenge to face humans and the planet will be discussed at a public event at Murdoch University on Monday August 17.

This free talk will be held in the Kim Beazley Theatre on Murdoch’s South Street Campus from 7pm to 8:30pm.

World renowned science communicator Dr Chris Smith (The Naked Scientist) will join WA’s Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken, Director of Wild Animal Encounters Ben Britton and wildlife biologist Professor Trish Fleming in an insightful and thought provoking panel event.

Entitled ‘An evening of science discovery and debate 'Animal, Human, Environment – Where is the next challenge coming from?’ the panel will present their thoughts on how environmental changes and human activity can interplay to affect the planet and its inhabitants.

The presenters will then open discussion up to the audience.

“As humans we need to start seeing ourselves as part of the natural environment not separate to it, if we want to enact real change,” said Ben Britton.

Professor Klinken said this discussion was an important step to help Western Australia to think strategically about its future.

“Science has been vital for the development of Western Australia and will continue to be crucial for the future of Western Australia. We need to clearly articulate what we are concentrating on, where we are heading and we need to be strategic about how we choose our priorities,” said Professor Peter Klinken.

This event is part of Murdoch University’s commitment to National Science Week, as the University welcomes world renowned science communicator Dr Chris Smith.

Better known as the Naked Scientist, Dr Smith and his team are famed for their skill in helping everybody to understand and engage with the worlds of science, technology and medicine.

Their award-winning BBC radio program The Naked Scientist’s mix of serious explorations and cheeky fun has made it one the most popular podcasts in the world, with over 17 million episodes downloaded globally to date.

“Chris’ involvement with research being done on campus is a great opportunity to broadcast, quite literally, the ways in which our very own scientists are helping to understand some of today’s bigger global challenges,” said Murdoch Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Development, Professor David Morrison.

“Whether it’s the development of biofuels from microalgae or investigating the complexity by which antimicrobial resistance emerges across both animal and human populations, researchers at Murdoch are renowned for world-class research with real-world impact. Key to this impact is the communication of science via programs such as the Naked Scientists.”

Dr Smith, who is a Sir Walter Distinguished Adjunct Professor, will spend his time in Western Australia talking to as many audiences as possible about the importance and wonders of science.

He and his team will perform his famous science show for school students around the state, treating school children to spectacular sights such as a flame tornado, a wall of foam and the Gherkinator.

Dr Smith will also travel with the Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Professor of Science Lyn Beazley and Dr Karl Kruszelnicki for the South West Science Spectacular.

To attend the free public lecture, please RSVP to k.hagarty@murdoch.edu.au.

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Comments (One response)

Hamish MCLean August 17, 2015

Hey guys, I know this is late notice as the event is tonight, but is it a possibility for me and another to come tonight?

Thanks in advance!

Hamish

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