Peter Doherty in Conversation: A Bendigo Writers Festival Bookmark Event

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Professor Peter Doherty AC in conversation with Dr Julie Rudner

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Wednesday 15 September 2021 06:00 pm until Wednesday 15 September 2021 07:00 pm (Add to calendar)
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Presented by:
Bendigo Writers Festival, Professor Peter Doherty AC, Dr Julie Rudner
Type of Event:
Alumni; Community Event; Public Lecture; Public
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Way back last century, when only immunology researchers such as Peter Doherty had the faintest idea of how a viral pandemic could occur, this Australian scientist shared the Nobel Medicine Prize and was the 1997 Australian of the Year.

That all changed in early 2020, and Professor Peter Doherty was back at the forefront of working on what needed to be done to control Covid-19.

In An Insider's Plague Year, Peter Doherty recounts his response to the pandemic as it developed from January 2020-February 2021. How did health experts deal with the complex medical issues facing the entire world? What helped, what hindered the science? What’s ahead now?

In his wonderfully conversational style, in books such as The Knowledge Wars and The Incidental Tourist, Peter Doherty has helped us find a way through the maze of misinformation. Now, he takes us behind the scenes of the race to control the pandemic to show us once again the importance of research and science.


Guest Speaker:

Professor Peter Doherty ACProfessor Peter Doherty AC

A graduate of the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science, Professor Peter Doherty AC shared the 1996 Nobel Medicine Prize for his immunology research and was the 1997 Australian of the Year. Since then, he has gone in to bat for evidence-based reality, relating to areas as diverse as childhood vaccination, global hunger and anthropogenic climate change. So far, he has published six books on science including The Incidental Tourist and his latest, An Insider's Plague Year.

Host:

Dr Julie RudnerDr Julie Rudner

Campus Director at the Bendigo campus of La Trobe University, Julie’s research interests include how to improve people’s knowledge of risk, safety and belonging in community spaces.

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