Have you ever found yourself at a crossroads that lead to a chance encounter? What if that moment leads to an amazing discovery?


In this WSFB podcast, Dr Rob Bell takes 5 minutes with 5 fascinating experts and discovers their ‘sliding doors’ moment.


Presented with Folklore Studio.

5 with 5: Ep1 - Cheryl Praeger

In the 1960’s, Cheryl Praeger wasn’t expected to become a mathematician, but she has never been greatly bothered by expectations.

At a time when women were expected to stay at home and raise a family she was discouraged from studying mathematics. With her passion, aptitude and a good deal hard work Cheryl became a leading light in mathematics.

Praeger’s key research is in Group Theory and Combinatorics, including analysis of algorithms and complexity, discrete mathematics and geometry – remarkably she was first published in 1970 while still an undergraduate, and she has since become one of Australia’s leading mathematicians.

It all adds up to a great yarn – take five with Cheryl Praeger.

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5 with 5: Ep 2 - Hugh Possingham

Professor Possingham is a conservation scientist and mathematician (and the Queensland Chief Scientist!) who completed his PhD at Oxford in 1987 as a Rhodes Scholar – but his science journey started with a love of birdwatching and the environment.

Throughout his career he has his interests have grown to include to mathematics, software modelling, decision science and global conservation.

Still an avid Twitcher and active citizen scientist, his passion for science is infectious – take five with Hugh Possingham.

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5 with 5: Ep 3 - Wendy Zukerman

Wendy Zukerman has been a science journalist for over a decade, reporting on everything from octopus intelligence to superbugs.

She started her career at New Scientist Magazine and then moved to Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where she agreed to try her hand at creating a science-y podcast.

In 2015, Wendy moved to New York to make Science Vs for Gimlet Media – and the show debuted at #1 in the US, Canada and Australia.

Since then, Wendy and the Science Vs team have covered more than 60 topics and won the 2020 AAAS Kavli Gold Prize for their reporting on Coronavirus.

From the ABC to NYC take five with Wendy Zukerman.

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5 with 5: Ep 4 - Myrthe Snoeks

The preferred trajectory of a space-bound rocket is straight and ever upwards. But for budding rocket scientist Myrthe Snoeks, her path to running a 100 strong student-led rocket building team is anything but.

Myrthe is working on projects to bridge the gap between disciplines, education, industry and real-life experience through entrepreneurship, research and teaching.

Tune in to hear how we go from dropping out of high school in the Netherlands to staring down an Angus bull in Western Queensland, and then of course to space.

T minus minutes and counting with Myrthe Snoeks.

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5 with 5: Ep 5 - Corey Tutt

Deadly (adj) – Awesome., great.

Corey Tutt is a Kamilaroi man and CEO and founder of DeadlyScience which is dedicated to providing science resources and opportunities to remote and indigenous schools.

Corey’s passion for Indigenous education has also been recognised through various awards, he was named a human rights hero by the Australian human rights commission, in his spare time writes for K-Zone magazine and is currently authoring a children’s book called The First Scientists.

Phew… it’s good thing for us he didn’t stick with Llama shearing as a career. Laugh, learn and be inspired as you take five with Corey Tutt.

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