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Science, politics and the public: breaking down the barriers. In conversation with Brian Schmidt and Richard Denniss

Science and technology are becoming increasingly important in addressing issues of national importance and in informing government policy. Given this it is critical that politicians and the general public are able to make informed decisions regarding scientific issues. How do we do this? Should scientists involve themselves more in public debate? Should politicians set our scientific agenda? How can the public get involved?

In this panel discussion Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt, and Executive Director of the Australia Institute, Dr Richard Denniss will discuss the interaction between science and politics. They will look at how politicians and scientists work together to create public policy and the role of politics in promoting scientific endeavour. The panel will be moderated by ABC 666 presenter Genevieve Jacobs.

This panel coincides with the annual event by Science and Technology Australia, Science Meets Parliament, which brings together leading scientists and politicians to discuss the major issues in science and politics facing Australia today.

Register for the event here

Speaker/Host: ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment & ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Venue: Molonglo Theatre, JG Crawford, Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU
Date: Thursday, 20 September 2012
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Enquiries: Simon Copland on 6125 7509
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