Archive Festival 2016

This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

Code: 157  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Science & Environment, Politics & Current Affairs
Science is one of the most powerful tools we have to understand the world and our place in it, yet public conversation around big issues like medicine, technology, space and genetics is often hijacked by hype and misinformation. How do you hold the public’s attention long enough to impart the fascinating stories behind sensational headlines? Meet the experts who not only know their stuff, but can communicate with a storyteller’s flair. Stellar science writers Janna Levin, Wilson da Silva and Michael Slezak speak to Bianca Nogrady, science journalist and editor of Best Australian Science Writing 2015, about the challenges of exploring complex issues in an age of instant gratification. 

Saturday 21 May 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Michael Slezak (Australian)

Michael Slezak is an award-winning science and environmental journalist. Between 2012 and 2016, he was the Australasian Reporter for New Scientist magazine, and led their coverage on issues as wide-ranging as the Higgs boson and extreme weather phenomena. This year, he started at Guardian Australia as their Environment Reporter. Michael has won several awards for his science reporting and had work published in Best Australian Science Writing in both 2014 and 2015.

Wilson da Silva (Australian)

Wilson da Silva is a science writer and the co-founder and long-serving editor-in-chief of COSMOS, Australia's #1 science magazine. He’s been a journalist at ABC TV, Reuters, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and New Scientist, and his credits include The Guardian and The Australian Financial Review Magazine. A past president of the World Federation of Science Journalists, he’s the winner of 31 awards, including two Editor of the Year trophies and the AFI Award for Best Documentary. His story ‘Social robots are coming’ appears in The Best Australian Science Writing 2015.

Janna Levin (International)

Janna Levin is a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University. She is also director of sciences at Pioneer Works, a centre for arts and sciences in Brooklyn, and has contributed to an understanding of black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions, and gravitational waves in the shape of spacetime. Her previous books include How the Universe Got Its Spots and a novel, A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, which won the PEN/Bingham Prize. She was named a Guggenheim fellow in 2012 and her most recent book is Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space.

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.