Archive Festival 2016

This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

Code: 31  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Science & Environment, Politics & Current Affairs
We can’t know what we can’t understand. Science, and climate change in particular, can call for a hefty learning curve. Nobel Prize winner Peter Doherty’s new book, The Knowledge Wars, encourages us all to become informed and learn to analyse research for ourselves. Tim Flannery’s latest book, Atmosphere of Hope, is a snapshot of Earth’s current climate conditions, and a search for today’s most promising solutions. The time is right for these two great minds to share their knowledge with us. They speak to Bianca Nogrady.

Thursday 19 May 2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Tim Flannery (Australian)

Tim Flannery has published over thirty books including the award-winning The Future Eaters, The Weather Makers, Here on Earth and the novel The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish. In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year, and in 2007 he was Australian of the Year. In 2011 he became Australia’s Chief Climate Commissioner, and in 2013 he founded the Australian Climate Council. His latest book is Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis.

Peter Doherty (Australian)

Peter Doherty shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering the nature of the cellular immune defense and continues to be involved in research directed at understanding and preventing the severe consequences of influenza virus infection. He is a huge advocate for evidence-based reality in areas as diverse as childhood vaccination, global hunger and anthropogenic climate change. In an effort to communicate more broadly, he has published four books for general readers. The Knowledge Wars is the latest.

Bianca Nogrady (Australian)

Bianca is a freelance science journalist, broadcaster and author, who is yet to meet a piece of research she doesn’t find fascinating. In more than a decade of freelance reporting, she has written for publications and websites including Nature, Australian Geographic, Ecos, Medicine Today, BBC Future, and ABC Science and ABC Health and Wellbeing. She is also author of The End: The Human Experience Of Death, editor of the 2015 Best Australian Science Writing, and co-author of The Sixth Wave: How To Succeed In A Resource-Limited World.