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The Future of Science Communication by ABC Science Show host Robyn Williams AM

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The Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP) is pleased to host a free public lecture by highly respected science journalist and broadcaster, Robyn Williams AM.

Event details

Robyn will discuss the future of science communication, including new opportunities available for scientists, journalists and broadcasters to engage with the community.

Monday 8 December 2015
4 pm for a 4.15 pm start
Bankwest Lecture Theatre, Building 200A Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley
A newspaper and pair of glasses resting on a laptop

Robyn will discuss the future of science communication, including new opportunities available for scientists, journalists and broadcasters to engage with the community.

After 50 years – what next?

This year, the ABC achieved 50 years of science broadcasting, and 2015 will mark 40 years since Robyn Williams began hosting The ScienceShow. A good time to celebrate, perhaps, but also a time to reflect on apparent fading public interest in science, and dwindling support for research and development in government – just at the very point when huge environmental challenges confront us.

For every science journalist in Australia there are scores of PR people. For every rational article in the media on research results, there are detractors calling it alarmist propaganda.

How will common sense and useful ideas and information prevail?

There are signs that a new kind of effective science communication is now happening, and it’s possible for scientists, journalists and the public to be part of this revolution. This could be a remarkable turning point.


Parking will be available in car park D3

Please enter via the Kent Street entrance and follow the signs


Please register by Wednesday 3 December 2014.

About Robyn Williams

Robyn Williams presents the longest-running science show on radio in Australia, The Science Show on the ABC, which he created and has hosted since 1975. He also presents another science program, Ockham’s Razor.

He has been presented with many awards for his work, including being the first journalist to be honoured as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. In 1988 he was made an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia and in 1998 he was voted one of Australia’s Living National Treasures.

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