Why Trust a Scientist?
27 March 2021
CONCERT HALL QPAC

Summary

The world we live in today has been greatly influenced by science. Advances in medicine, engineering, and technology have dramatically shifted and shaped our lives. Science has certainly delivered. And yet at the same time, we have grown more sceptical and questioning of scientists.

In a world where misinformation and mistrust thrive, fake news can go viral and conspiracy theories are more popular than ever – science is under attack. Opinions trump facts and truth is no longer absolute.

Our 100% trustworthy panel of real and genuine scientists, historians and communicators examine how we arrived at this place of mistrust and how we can do our bit to stand up for -science. Why should we trust scientists? Or perhaps more tellingly, what does it mean if we can’t?

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, winner of the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularisation of Science, provides his insights on trust and science before the panel discussion.

 

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Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

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Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is an institution in Australian science communication, best known as an author and science commentator on Australian radio and television. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree...

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Niraj Lal

Niraj Lal

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Niraj Lal

Dr Niraj (Nij) Lal graduated with a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar in 2012 and was named one of the ABC's Top 5...

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Rachel A. Ankeny

Rachel A. Ankeny

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Rachel A. Ankeny

Professor Rachel A. Ankeny is an interdisciplinary teacher and scholar in History and Philosophy at the University of Adelaide whose areas of expertise cross three fields: history/philosophy of science, bioethics...

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Cheryl Praeger

Cheryl Praeger

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Cheryl Praeger

Cheryl E Praeger is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Western Australia. She researches Group Theory and Combinatorics, in her role as Senior Honorary Research Fellow.  Professor Praeger...

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Norman Swan

Norman Swan

Moderator

Norman Swan

Norman Swan is a multi-award winning producer and broadcaster, host of RN’s Health Report, co-host of Coronacast and commentator on ABC TV’s 7.30. Norman studied medicine in his native Scotland, training in...

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Karen Ferry

Karen Ferry

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Karen Ferry

Born a black sheep to a family of engineers, Karen Ferry is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning Creative Director, writer and media personality. With over 14 years’ experience at some of...

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CONCERT HALL QPAC, South Brisbane, QLD, Australia

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Why Trust A Scientist?

27 March 2021

90mins 6:00pm

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