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Science Says! - A Comedy Panel Show on the Science of 2015

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Hearty discussion around scientific stories of 2015
Calling all Adelaide Great Debate and Science in the Pub fans and anyone who loves to see a good scientific discussion in full flight . . .

A new science and comedy event, in the style of the great panel shows (think Good News Week, Spicks and Specks) will be in town on Thursday 5 November.

The panel, made up of world leading researchers, gifted comedians, and professional science communicators (all with a flair for the dramatic) will take a lighter look at some of the top science stories of 2015 – and some of the quirkier ones, too.

Host is well-known figure of stage and science – physicist, engineer, science communicator and entertainer Dr Joel Gilmore – and he's guaranteeing you a night of entertainment, competition and comedy. And, perhaps there's even some education to be had along the way!

Science Says!
Joel Gilmore

Science Says! will be seen in several cities, with a different panel appearing in each. To give their views on what Science Says! in Adelaide (and to compete for a spot of scientific glory) are futurist, Dr Kristin Alford, anthropologist and evolutionary scientist Prof Alan Cooper; the winner of The University of Adelaide's 3 Minute Thesis competition Andrew Farrer; 2015 Great Debate champion Noby Leong and physicist and science communicator Dr Andrew Stephenson.

Best to book on-line. It's $10, but if you prefer, buy at the door for $15!

So what might be in store from this illustrious panel?

Kristin uses foresight and strategy frameworks to help organisations and individuals discover new insights.

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Kristin Alford

She established Bridge8 in 2004 following careers in engineering, human resources, strategy and product development for companies including BHP Billiton, Ansett-Air New Zealand, the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria and Nanotechnology Victoria.

Kristin holds a PhD in process engineering and a Masters of Management in Strategic Foresight. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governor's Leadership Foundation. She is the licensee of TEDxAdelaide and a sessional lecturer at the University of Adelaide.

Recent projects include facilitating a forum on sensing and smart cities for the Office of the Chief Information Officer (SA), engaging communities at local council areas including City of Adelaide and City of Onkaparinga in future cities, developing board governance frameworks for science engagement in South Australia, and co-organising and facilitating the Australia 2050 workshop with the Australian Academy of Sciences.

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Alan Cooper

Prof. Alan Cooper has been an Australian Research Council Federation and Future Fellow (2005-2010, 2011-2014), during which time he has specialized in the genetic analysis of evolution, biodiversity, climate change, paleoecology and microbiomes.

He was awarded a prestigious ARC Federation Fellowship in 2004, and moved to the University of Adelaide to establish the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), the first largescale ancient DNA research centre in the Southern Hemisphere.

Andrew Farrer was the winner of the University of Adelaide's 3 Minute Thesis and a finalist in the Trans Tasman 3 Minute Thesis (watch the presentation) LINK and last year, he was the Royal Society of South Australia Postgraduate Lightning Talks winner.

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Andrew Farrer

Originally from the UK, he moved to Australia after receiving a scholarship for his current PhD Ancient DNA studies of dental calculus at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA. The project uses ancient DNA techniques to recover the preserved DNA of bacteria trapped within human dental calculus, allowing the reconstruction of historical individuals' oral microbiota. The microbiota (community of microorganisms living on the body) plays major roles in health and disease, and alters in response to the environment. The key aim of his project is to understand how past cultural and environmental changes in Great Britain shaped the modern oral microbiota.

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Toby Leong

Noby Leong is the 2015 Adelaide Great Debate champion. He's a freelance writer and science communicator, co-founder of The other side of Science blog, a volunteer with a range of science outreach programs, the People's Choice winner of Adelaide's 3 Minute thesis, producer of The Free Beer Show and some how and somewhere, is a PhD candidate in chemistry.

Andrew Stephenson is a Brisbane-based science communicator who has spent much of his career finding ways to spark more interest and engagement with science.

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Andrew Stephenson

He has shared his enthusiasm for science with kids in every corner of Queensland, where he is based at the University of Queensland and has helped produce several science-based television shows for the ABC, Discovery, and Channel 7.

It's thanks to Andrew that you can enjoy Science Says!, part of his event series Science Nation.

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When: 7:00pm Thursday 5 November 2015
Phone: 7120 8600 The Science Exchange
Where: RiAus The Science Exchange
Cost: $10 on-line, $15 at the door
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