Great Debate 2018: Greatest Discovery Ever Made

Great Debate: Greatest Discovery Ever Made

We’ve all been there, having that age-old argument, what’s the bigger breakthrough: the existence of atoms or quantum mechanics; DNA or CRISPR; the wheel or sliced bread. Well to celebrate National Science Week the Science Nation is going to answer this question once and for all. Join the fun and mayhem as the best, brightest and bravest science aficionados in the land do battle in a debate tournament of comedy and cleverness in order to find out what is the Greatest Discovery Ever Made!

Events will be held on the following dates and cities:

11 August – Melbourne

Doing battle in Melbourne is: reproductive biologist, science communicator and prospective Ig Nobel laureate, Dr Kiri Beilby; contortionist, acrobat, fire spinner and astrophysicist, Dr Jess Bloom; theoretical physicist and jazz pianist manqué, Prof Jared Cole; animal physiologist, neuroscientist and backyard orchardist, Dr Angelina Fong; biomedical engineer who believes diamonds really are a girl’s best friend, Dr Kate Fox; science educator, boardgame designer and comedian, Tom Lang; physicist and future Martian, Josh Richards; and physicist, science communicator and Science Nation founder, Dr Andrew Stephenson.

Melbourne 8

  • Time: 3:30-5pm (doors open at 3pm), 11 August 2018.
  • Venue: Royal Society of Victoria, Melbourne.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Melbourne’s event to your Facebook calendar.

16 August – Brisbane

Doing battle in Brisbane is: mathematician, cryptographer, trainer of mathletes and Eurovision aficionado, Prof Ben Burton; snake venom evolutionary biologist, country music lover and G&T enthusiast, Jordan Debono; scientist, comedian and TV personality, Dr Joel Gilmore; quantum computer geek and craft homebrewer extraordinaire, Dr Austin Lund; retinal biomaterial engineer and aspiring muso, Natalie McKirdy; Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy and ornithophile, Prof Hugh Possingham; medical physicist, ballerina and kung fu warrior, Lucy Sim; and physicist, science communicator and Science Nation founder, Dr Andrew Stephenson.

Brisbane 8

18 August – Adelaide

Doing battle in Adelaide is: science communicator, former biochemist and maker of a Guinness Book of Records World’s Largest Whoopee Cushion, Dr Lisa Bailey; food nerd and professional talker, Dr Heather Bray; bioinformatician, data scientist and beer connoisseur, Dr Jimmy Breen; anthropologist and evolutionary scientist, Prof Alan Cooper; evolutionary biologist and manatee enthusiast, Jenna Crowe-Riddell; chemist and the former face of Adelaide, Dr Noby Leong; paleomicrobiologist and s’more enthusiast, Dr Laura Weyrich; and wine chemist, wine educator and aspiring llama farmer, A/Prof Kerry Wilkinson.

Adelaide 8

  • Time: 4:30-6pm (doors and bar open at 4pm), 18 August 2018.
  • Venue: RiAusThe Science Exchange, Adelaide.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Adelaide’s event to your Facebook calendar.

19 August – Sydney

Doing battle in Sydney is: shantyman, cycle-tourist and theoretical physicist, Dr Sam Bladwell; oceanographer, cat paparazzi and keep cup user, Prof Martina Doblin; marine biologist, fish sex researcher and underwater explorer, Prof William Gladstone; Maritime archaeologist, out of breath runner and an even worse soccer player, Kieran Hosty; biologist, maritime archaeologist and weekend Viking, Renee Malliaros; neuroscientist, AI enthusiast and believer that pharmacological gastronomy is a thing, Dr William Redmond; physicist, freediver and mountaineer, Dr Peter Rohde; and psychology PhD student, dementia researcher and tea connoisseur Nikki-Anne Wilson.

Sydney 8

  • Time: 3-4:30pm (doors open at 2:30pm), 19 August 2018.
  • Venue: Maritime Museum, Sydney.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Sydney’s event to your Facebook calendar.

Please submit any questions via email.

This National Science Week event is proudly brought to you by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies; the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage; and the Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology.

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