One of the world’s most popular and most downloaded science presenters is coming to Perth for the Murdoch University-hosted 2012 Omics Australasia Symposium (OA2012) from November 26 to 28.
The program’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.
Dr Smith said the show’s goal was simple.
“We want to help people enjoy science as much as we do, and at the same time, to have fun,” he said.
Dr Smith said the show often explores how complex scientific principles affect people’s everyday lives in ways they don’t expect or realise.
They recently committed a show to the science of taste, looking at how noise can diminish the flavour of food and even affect your choice of wine on an airplane.
Another episode explored why the public are less concerned with the conservation of ugly animals and why conserving bacteria, fungi and even parasites might be a good idea.
A practising virologist, Dr Smith will be presenting at OA2012 as well as giving a talk to local science teachers on ways to better engage their students.
OA2012 features an elite line-up of world experts in the growing field of ‘Omics’ research, which includes genetic and related research. For more information about this invitation-only event, go here.