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Science in the Pub


Thu 7 Mar 2013, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Where: Doctor Syntax Hotel, 139 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay, Tasmania

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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What are your fears and hopes about new directions in biotechnology and nanotechnology?

Join Derek Muller from ABC's Catalyst and the Veritasium webiste and a trio of Hobart researchers for a drink and a chat about new technology, genetics, plant sciences and the ethical issues of these technologies.

Science in the Pub takes the form of a “Q and A” style panel discussion with questions from the audience and then a casual chat with the researchers Rene Vaillancourt, Susan Dodds and Emily Hilder from the University of Tasmania

Host MC for the night is Dr Derek Muller - a presenter for Catalyst on the ABC and the creator of Veritasium, an educational science channel on YouTube. Veritasium has more than 250,000 subscribers and has received over 15,000,000 views. Derek completed his PhD at the University of Sydney on the design of educational science multimedia. He has lectured at UTS and the University of Sydney. You can catch him on Thursday nights at 8pm on ABC1 in the six part series Catalyst On The Road.


Rene Vaillancourt is Deputy Head of the School of Plant Science. His research involves studying the natural history and genome structures of Tasmanian plants species. It involves using molecular tools to help the conservation of rare and endangered plant species as well as devise plans to conserve the genetic diversity of widespread plants. He uses reproductive biology research to understand factors affecting gene flow and seed production of Eucalyptus.

Susan Dodds is the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Professor of Philosophy. Susan has two research projects currently funded by the Australian Research Council one of which explores the ethical issues associated with developments in bionics and nanotechnology, and for which she is a Chief Investigator and Director of the Ethics program on the Australian Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science

Emily Hilder is a Professor of Chemistry whose research interests lie in the general area of separation science. Emily works in separation science, that involves taking complex samples – something like blood - and then looking at all of the components of that sample and separating all of the components and then identifying what they are and how much of each component is present. Emily says: “For example, there is a portable instrument we have developed here at the University and we use this mostly for looking at bomb markers - so we use it in counter-terrorism research.”

Presented by the University of Tasmania, the Australian Government and Inspiring Australia

No bookings required.