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Want to discuss the future of Australian Sport?

johnboy 5 March 2013

The CSIRO has sent out an interesting missive:

With the Brumbies, Raiders, Capitals, Cavalry and dozens of AIS Olympians calling Canberra home, sport is close to the heart of many Canberrans, and as Canberra celebrates its 100th birthday this long weekend, what better time to look not backward but forward and take a glimpse at what the future of Australian sport might look like.

On 11 March (Canberra Day), CSIRO and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) along with Inspiring Australia will host a café discussion What is shaping the future of Australian sport?

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, leader of CSIRO Futures and co-author of the forthcoming The Future of Australian Sport report, will facilitate the panel discussion.

“CSIRO and the ASC have identified a range of major social, economic, political, environmental and technology trends emerging in Australian sport over the next 30 years,” says Dr Hajkowicz, “and this will be the first time we will share our preliminary findings with the Australian public in a friendly and informal setting.”

Dr Hajkowicz will be joined by leaders and experts within the sport, government and research sectors, including:
· Paul Fairweather – Deputy General Manager, Research and Innovation at the ASC

· Professor Keith Lyons – Director of the National Institute of Sport Studies at the University of Canberra

· Professor David Rowe – Professor of Cultural Research, Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney.

The panel will address the role and nature of sport in Australian society amid growing concerns over organised crime, drugs and match fixing reported in the media recently.

Held in the CSIRO Discovery Café, the morning will offer a unique opportunity for the general public, scientists and sports commentators to gather over coffee and a free lunch to discuss the opportunities, challenges and threats facing the sport industry. No scientific knowledge is required to participate – just a willingness to listen, ask questions and express opinions.

To reserve your seat at the café discussion, please visit

What: ‘What is Shaping the Future of Australian Sport?’ Café discussion
When: 11 March 2013
Time: 11 am–12:30pm
Where: CSIRO Discovery Centre, North-Science Rd, Acton ACT 2601
Cost: Free
Bookings: Essential at

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