From the furthest reaches of the universe to the microscopic world of our genes, science offers writers the kind of scope other subjects simply can’t match. Don’t miss seeing these boffins in conversation with ABC's National Science, Technology and Environment Reporter Michael Slezak to discuss the future of science writing. These young science writers are contributors to The Best Australian Science Writing 2017, a collection that explores the intricacies of the world around us. Featuring New Scientist reporter Alice Klein, ABC producer Joel Werner and science writer Ivy Shih.

Ivy Shih (Australian)

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Ivy Shih is a freelance science journalist based in Sydney. She has written for Nature, Australian Geographic and The Conversation among other publications. Prior to that, Ivy worked in virus research before leaving the lab bench to write about all areas of science. Recently her work has been featured in The Best Australian Science Writing 2017. She is also physical sciences deputy editor at Lateral Magazine.

Alice Klein (Australian)

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Alice Klein is the Australasia Reporter at New Scientist. She was previously a reporter at Australian Doctor magazine and has also written for The Washington Post and Medical Observer. Before moving into journalism three years ago, she worked as a chemist at the University of Sydney, where her research was focused on developing new drugs for treating prostate cancer. She has won several awards and was published in the 2017 Best Australian Science Writing anthology.

Joel Werner (Australian)

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Science journalist Joel Werner is an Executive Producer with ABC Audio Studios, and hosts the podcast Sum of All Parts. In 2011 Joel created the ABC RN program Off Track, before relocating to the US. During a two-year stint in NYC, Joel worked for shows including Radiolab, Freakonomics, and 99% Invisible, with whom he won a Third Coast International Audio Festival Award. Joel recently produced the ABC astronomy podcast Cosmic Vertigo, and frequently writes feature articles for ABC News.

Michael Slezak (Australian)

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Michael Slezak is the National Science, Technology and Environment Reporter for the ABC. He edited Best Australian Science Writing 2017, and contributed to a number of earlier editions of the anthology. Prior to joining The Guardian, Michael was the Australian correspondent for New Scientist magazine. He has won several awards for his journalism, including Article of the Year at the Publishers' Australia awards, and the United Nations Association of Australia Award for Climate Reporting.