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Q&ANU: Academic freedom in a world of cures, cloning and climate

Please note, this event will be held on Wednesday 26 September

In a world in which science research is increasingly coming under public scrutiny, how much academic freedom should our scientists have? In Holland researchers developed a strain of the H5N1 ‘bird flu' virus but were prevented from publishing their work for fear of terrorists mis-using the information. In 2008 members of the public raised concerns about the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

Is there a limit to what our scientists should be allowed to do? Or do they need academic freedom in order to make breakthroughs? This panel will explore how far academic freedom should stretch.

Following the forum guests will have an opportunity to speak with ANU staff about graduate study at ANU.


Dr Will Grant (moderator)
Professor Ken Baldwin
Professor Thomas Faunce
Dr Elizabeth Hanna
Dr Gavin Smith

Register for the event.

Venue: The Finkel Lecture Theatre, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Garran Road, ANU
Date: Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Enquiries: Simon Copland on 6125 7509
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