Robyn Williams presents: Promise of miracles? The popularity, politics and future of science

anuevents 8 September 2013

In episode one of Radio National’s The Science Show, hosted by Robyn Williams AM, the publisher of Scientific American said there was a stampede away from science. Was there? On 31 August 2013, almost two thousand episodes later, The Science Show celebrated its 38th birthday, and is still going strong.

Robyn has witnessed firsthand how competitions like the Three Minute Thesis are transforming the attitudes of young researchers globally and improving the reach of their work. He believes that science is more popular today than ever before in the minds of the public, but can the same be said for politicians?

In this talk, Robyn will discuss the popularity of science, the power of political influence and his predictions for the future.

Robyn Williams is a science journalist, broadcaster and accomplished author. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of London, and holds honorary doctorates in science from the University of Sydney and Macquarie and Deakin Universities, as well as a doctorate of law from The Australian National University. He is a visiting professor at the University of NSW and an adjunct professor at the University of Queensland. Among his many achievements, he was named a National Living Treasure in 1987 and appointed AM in the 1988 Australian Bicentenary honours list. Read more about Robyn on the RiAus and ABC websites.

The lecture will be followed by Q&A and refreshments in the foyer, and the ANU Three Minute Thesis Final.

Date: Wednesday 18 September, 4-5pm
Venue: Theatre 1, Manning Clark Centre, Building 26A, The Australian National University, Canberra

Enquiries: E T 02 6125 6023

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