BRINGING THEM BACK: The De-extinction Debate
20 March 2019 Concert Hall, QPAC

Age Recommendation

Ages 13+

Venue

Concert Hall, QPAC

Location

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Date

20 March 2019

Time

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Cost

Adult: $35 Concession: $30 Student: $25
Robyn Williams
Moderator

Robyn Williams

Moderator

Robyn Williams

Robyn Williams is a science journalist and broadcaster resident in Australia who has hosted a variety of programs on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) including Ockham's Razor and The Science...

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Thomas Hildebrandt
Participant

Thomas Hildebrandt

Participant

Thomas Hildebrandt

Thomas Hildebrandt is a leading expert on wildlife reproduction management. Since 1997, he has been the head of reproduction management at the Leibnitz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)...

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Andrew Pask
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Andrew Pask

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Andrew Pask

Andrew Pask is an Associate Professor, Reader and ARC Future Fellow in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on Evolution and Development (Evo-Devo) and...

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Kerrie Wilson
Participant

Kerrie Wilson

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Kerrie Wilson

Kerrie Wilson is Executive Director of the Institute for Future Environments and a Professor at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Before joining QUT in January 2019, Kerrie was Director of...

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Duan Biggs
Participant

Duan Biggs

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Duan Biggs

Duan Biggs works at the interface of science and conservation policy and practice. He focusses on developing partnerships amongst researchers, NGOs, governments, and the private sector to conduct science that...

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Summary

 If we could…should we?

Earth is experiencing the sixth great extinction, this one created largely by us. Fortunately, human beings now have the tools to potentially undo some of the damage we have caused. New technologies could preserve vanishing species and habitats and even bring back extinct species like the passenger pigeon, the woolly mammoth and our beloved Tassie tiger.

However, the case for de-extinction is complicated. Do we try everything we can or are resources better spent addressing the escalating human impact on our current wildlife and saving what we’ve got? Join our panel of experts for a robust conversation exploring the possibilities of de-extinction science and the compelling question – just because we can, should we?

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