This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.
Nobel Prize-winning scientist Peter Doherty makes a passionate case for citizens to become informed so they can evaluate the facts of any scientific debate.
Please note: Bookings still available for this session
Monday 16 May 2016
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Peter Doherty (Australian)
Peter Doherty shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering the nature of the cellular immune defense and continues to be involved in research directed at understanding and preventing the severe consequences of influenza virus infection. He is a huge advocate for evidence-based reality in areas as diverse as childhood vaccination, global hunger and anthropogenic climate change. In an effort to communicate more broadly, he has published four books for general readers. The Knowledge Wars is the latest.
Jennifer Wong is a writer and comedian. She presents Bookish on iView, a weekly complement to The Book Club. Her first job in TV was writing for Good News Week in 2008. As a stand-up, she’s performed at arts and comedy festivals in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, and Edinburgh. She was a writer/performer in The Serpent’s Table, a Performance 4a and Griffin Theatre co-production for Sydney Festival 2014, and recently appeared in the TV comedy Plonk.