National Convention Program, 2006

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO REVISION

SATURDAY 18th November. Convention Sessions: The Age Theatre, Museum of Melbourne, Carlton VIC
from 8:00 am Convention Registration ( Age Theatre, Museum lower level )
9:00 Introduction and Welcome
9:15 Annie Warburton (ABC Radio, Hobart) * Nature vs Nurture (or Why I’d Rather Have Sex than Gender Any Day )
9:45 Dr Kevin Hennessey (CSIRO) * Climate Change Skeptics
Morning Tea 10:30
11:00 Dr Rob Morrison (Flinders University) * Trust Me, I’m a Science Communicator
11:45 Leigh Dayton (Science Journalist) * A Skeptic’s Guide to the Newsroom
Lunch 12:30 pm (For those that have booked their lunch, it’s at Treetops Restaurant, Melbourne Museum )
1:30 Martin Bridgstock (Griffith Uni) * Where is the Truth Most Needed – Where Can Skepticism Do Most Good?
2:15 Robyn Williams ABC Radio National Science presenter * Robyn Williams v God: Am I Going to be Struck By Lightning?
Afternoon Tea 3:00
3:30 Dr Graeme Pearman (retired scientist, formerly of CSIRO ) * Science providing independent advice for policy development: the opportunities and the threats.
4:15 Dr Peter Pockley (Science Writer ) * The Wages of Spin: A Skeptic Investigates Creationism and the CSIRO
* CONVENTION DINNER AND SKEPTICS AWARDS EVENING 6:30 for 7:00 pm, The Grand Ballroom, Hotel Windsor, Spring Street Melbourne
SUNDAY 19th November. Convention Sessions: The Age Theatre, Museum of Melbourne, Carlton VIC
from 8:30 am Convention Registration (Age Theatre, Museum lower level)
9:00 Introduction and Welcome
9:15 Dr Paul Willis (Science Reporter, Catalyst ABC TV) * Why Does the Media Insist on Getting It Wrong?
9:45 Lynne Kelly ( Teacher, Author, Public Speaker) * A Skeptic in the Classroom
Morning Tea 10:30
11:00 Dr David Henry (Dept of Clinical Pharmacology, Newcastle Uni; Founder Media Doctor web site). * The Media Doctor Website
11:45 Dr Stephen Basser (GP, writer and commentator on medicine and alternative medicine) * Medicines, Money and the Media – A Dangerous Cocktail
Lunch 12:30 pm (For those that have booked their lunch, it’s at The Pumphouse Hotel, cnr Nicholson & King William Streets Carlton – very near the Museum)
1:30 Dr Rosemary Nixon (Occupational Dermatology Research and Education Centre) * MythBusting: A Dermatologist’s Approach to Cosmetic Advertising
2:15 * Presentation: The Science Talent Search followed by Convention Wind-up session.
Afternoon Tea 3:00
3:30 Dr John Long (Palaeontologist and Science Director, Melbourne Museum) The Fossil Record – What Gaps?” – NOTE: This is a FREE SESSION, open to members of the public.
Lynne Kelly ( Teacher, Author, Public Speaker) A Skeptic In the Classroom” – NOTE: This is a FREE SESSION, open to members of the public.

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Please note, on the next day, Monday 20st November, we have a free talk “Towards A Nuclear Future” by Dr Colin Keay

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