Communicating science

How can science be communicated? Australia's best science communicators will come together to explore the challenges of relaying complex and important scientific information to the wider community.


Professor Adrienne E Clarke AC, Chancellor, La Trobe University

Robyn Williams AM, Science journalist and ABC broadcaster

Dr Elizabeth Finkel, Science journalist, author and Vice-Chancellor's Fellow

Professor Robert Manne, Vice-Chancellor's Fellow, La Trobe University

Event details


  • Tuesday 20 May 2014
  • 12.30pm - 2.00pm


John Scott Meeting House
La Trobe University
Bundoora Campus - see campus map

All are welcome to attend

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Adrienne E Clarke AC

Professor Adrienne E Clarke is Chancellor of La Trobe University. She was formerly Professor of Botany at the University of Melbourne and Chair of the Board of Australia's premier science body, CSIRO. She is a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. She has written four major scientific books dealing with chemistry, cell biology and genetics, and has served on the Prime Minister's Science and Engineering Council.

Robyn Williams AM

Robyn Williams is a respected science journalist and broadcaster. He has hosted ABC Radio National's The Science Show since 1975. Williams has written ten books, including his autobiography And Now For Something Completely Different. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and has been proclaimed a National Living Treasure.

Elizabeth Finkel

Dr Elizabeth Finkel is an Australian science journalist, best known for her books Stem Cells: Controversy at the Frontiers of Science and The Genome Generation. Elizabeth is Editor-in-Chief of Australia's premier science magazine, Cosmos Magazine, and a Vice-Chancellor's Fellow at La Trobe University. She formerly worked as a broadcaster for ABC Radio National.

Robert Manne

Professor Robert Manne is Emeritus Professor, a Vice-Chancellor's Fellow and Convenor of the Ideas and Society Program at La Trobe University. A leading public intellectual and commentator, he is the author/editor of over 20 books including Left, Right, Left: Political Essays 1977 - 2005; Making Trouble: Essays against the New Australian Complacency and three Quarterly Essays, most recently Bad News.