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Putting big brains to work on the big issues

Topical Science Forums are back in 2015! STA takes the nation’s best scientists into the community to tackle the biggest issues we face as a nation.

10 Topical Science Forums were staged in 2014 to shed light on the opportunities and challenges that science places in front of us every day. They are back in 2015 by popular demand.

From waning immunisation rates to telescopes that can see back to the Big Bang to terrifying health impacts of climate change, all the forums address issues that demand our attention now.

Most will be public events, with panels of experts from academia, industry and the community, and plenty of time for audience questions and debate.

The debates will also be taken to the centre of decision making, in Canberra, with specially tailored sessions for the newly re-formed Federal Parliamentary Friends of Science.

Keep your eye on STA’s website and Twitter and Facebook feeds for dates and topics as they are confirmed. We look forward to seeing you there.

Topical Science Forums in 2015

The first forum in the 2015 series, Are we alone in the universe or is alien life inevitable?, was held in Canberra on 12 August at the National Library of Australia. Video from the event is available on the STA YouTube channel.

Topical Science Forums in 2014

The first forum in the 2014 series, Looking back to the Big Bang – the SKA telescope’s unlimited potential, was held in Canberra on 25 March. Video footage from the event is available on the STA YouTube channel.

The second forum, Making us sick: understanding the health effects of climate change, took place in Canberra on 29 May. The video footage of the event can be viewed here.

The third forum was specially tailored for parliamentarians and focused again on the SKA telescope. It was held at Parliament House on 4 June, and attended by both the Minister, Shadow Minister and 25 Parliamentary Friends of Science.

The fourth forum, Science and politics – like oil and water?, was held on Friday 4 July in Canberra. The video footage of the event can be viewed here.

Forum number five, Nuclear energy: the debate Australia has to have, was held in Canberra on Monday 28 July. The video footage of the event can be viewed here.

Forum number six, Making more with less – how do we feed the world as the population soars?, was held in Canberra on Thursday 28 August. The video footage of the event can be viewed here.

The seventh forum was specially tailored for parliamentarians and focused again on nuclear energy. It was held at Parliament House on September 3, and attended by the Shadow Minister and 21 Parliamentary Friends of Science and their staff.

Forum number eight, Immunisation: when science isn’t enough, was held at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne on October 6. The event was recorded and the footage is available here.

Forum number nine, The human body – the final frontier?, will be held at the Finkel Theatre at The John Curtain School of Medical Research on the campus of ANU in Canberra on November 26. The event was recorded and the footage of the event can be viewed here.

The tenth forum was specially tailored for parliamentarians and focused again on the human body. It was held at Parliament House on November 26, and attended by 6 Parliamentary Friends of Science and their staff.

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Industry, in partnership with Science & Technology Australia.

 

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