Panellists


Charlie Pickering

  • Charlie Pickering

    As host of The Project for 5 years, Charlie was at the centre of one of Australian television’s most daring experiments, re-defining the way that hundreds of thousands of Australians see the news.

    As a stand-up comedian, Charlie has scored nominations for Best Newcomer in Edinburgh and the Melbourne Comedy Festival Award, as well scoring an invite to perform at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. As a TV host he’s been nominated for a Logie and in picked up Media Personality of the Year in the GQ Men of the Year Awards.

    In 2015 Charlie premiered The Weekly with Charlie Pickering on ABC TV a satirical show that promises to restrict itself to discussing the preceding seven days. The Weekly is a prime time hit, having wrapped its sixth season in 2020.

Dr Jen Martin

  • Dr Jen Martin

    Dr Jen Martin spent many years working as a field ecologist until she decided the most useful thing she could contribute as a scientist was to teach other scientists how to be effective and engaging communicators. Jen founded and leads the University of Melbourne's acclaimed Science Communication Teaching Program and is a member of the Homeward Bound Teaching Faculty. Jen also practices what she preaches: she’s been talking about science each week on 3RRR radio for 15 years, writes for a variety of publications, MC’s events and was named the Unsung Hero of Australian Science Communication for 2019.

Alanta Colley

  • Alanta Colley

    Alanta is a comedian, science communicator and storyteller from Melbourne. With a background in International public health, her first solo science comedy show 'Parasites Lost' sold out its entire run at Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2017 and has been enjoyed by audiences in Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and for the Gates Foundation in Seattle. Her second solo show 'Days of our Hives' about bee keeping and bee losing attracted more beekeepers than any other show at comedy festival. In 2021 her third solo show 'On the Origin of Faeces' was described by critics as 'a real s#$t show'.

    She's toured nationally with her science comedy debate series 'Sci Fight', was a recipient of the 'Inspiring Australia' Science Arts Grant in 2019, and is a regular guest on ABC radio. She's appeared on ABC TV News and in Frankie Magazine. She also moderates for the Transitions Film Festival.

Prof Alan Duffy

  • Prof Alan Duffy

    Astronomer and Director of the Space Technology and Institute at Swinburne University and Lead Scientist of the Royal Institution of Australia, home of Cosmos Magazine. Alan investigates how galaxies form within clouds of dark matter and tries to explain it, and the rest of science, to as wide an audience as possible.

Dr Norman Do

  • Dr Norman Do

    Dr Norman Do is a Mathematican in the School of Mathematics at Monash University. Broadly speaking, his research interests lie at the intersection of geometry, topology and combinatorics, with the problems he finds most appealing arising from mathematical physics.

Catriona Nguyen-Robertson

  • Catriona Nguyen-Robertson

    Catriona is an enthusiastic science communicator and an immunology researcher at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. She sings songs that explain science (Nyuroscientist) and is a member of the Science Communications Teaching Team at The University of Melbourne. She also is the Science Communications Officer for the Royal Society of Victoria and Convergence Science Network, and is Associate Editor of the Immunology and Cell Biology scientific journal. She regularly engages with science mentoring and outreach programs, such as Skype a Scientist, Pint of Science, In2Science, BrainSTEM, and the Gene Technology Access Centre – sharing science online, in pubs, and in schools across Victoria.

Prof Jared Cole

  • Prof Jared Cole

    Professor Jared Cole is a theoretical physicist at RMIT University who specialises in quantum theory and the study of open-quantum systems, particularly when applied to solid-state nanostructures. He has extensive experience in modelling and understanding electron transport, spin physics and decoherence theory, all of which are central to understanding the control and manipulation of excitons.

    Jared is also Chief Investigator at both the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future-Low Energy Electronics Technologies.