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DR ALICE MOTION
Based at the University of Sydney, Dr Alice Morton is a chemist and science communicator whose research focuses on open source drug discovery. In her work, Alice explores ways to connect people with science in an effort to make research more accessible to the public.
2015 saw Alice named as on of ABC RN and UNSW’s “Top 5 Under 40”, recognising her passion for sharing science stories. That same year Alice gained international praise, as a finalist in the 2017 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science.
Alice is the co-host of ABC Science podcast “Dear Science” and has been the host of a weekly science slot on FBi Radio’s breakfast show since 2015. Alice is also the founder of the Breaking Good citizen science project.
Living on the central coast of NSW, Brendan oversees the health and care of one of Australia’s largest private reptile collections at The Australian Reptile Park.
Whilst completing a Bachelor of Zoology/Animal Science at the University of Western Sydney, Brendan is heavily involved in training and mentoring junior Keepers due to his passion for being a leader to the next generation of young herpetologists.
Aside from his passion for reptiles, Brendan participates in competitive bodybuilding. He has excelled in this side of his life, having placed 1st in opens and juniors in the World Fitness Federation (WFF) Sydney Grand Classic, and 2nd at the ICN nationals in division in 2017.
Brendon Gifford is a passionate wildlife wrangler from Casino in NSW. In High School Brendon started making mini-documentaries, becoming a three-time winner of the Australian Museum/ Sydney University Eureka Prize for his films on snakes, lizards and spiders.
Brendon is currently completing his Bachelor of Wildlife Science at the University of Queensland. Brendon volunteers at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where he specialised in engaging the general public with wildlife. This work ranges from one-on-one public interactions with a koala, to hosting the 5000+ crowd strong daily Wildlife Warriors show. In 2018 Brendon accepted a position as a Senior Reptile and Spider keeper at the Australian Reptile Park.
Brendon is a conservationist, and his mission is to help save wildlife. Brandon has made many public and media appearances, including being an expert cast member on Dr Karl’s Outrageous Acts of Science [Discovery Network 2017].
Corey Tutt is a proud Kamilaroi man who established Deadly Science, an organisation that send science resources to remote schools around Australia. His work as seen him named as the NSW Young Australian of the Year 2020, the 2019 CSIRO Indigenous STEM champion and more.
Corey has been able to distribute more than 7000 books and over 200 telescopes to remote communities in need, engaging with 100 schools in the country. These schools have seen a 25% increase in engagement in STEM-related subjects
Recently Deadly Science has been playing a role in rebuilding schools affected by devastating bush fires which have ravaged most of the south coast of NSW by providing books and resources to schools that have been destroyed by fire.
Corey particularly wants to ensure that every Australian school has a copy of Bruce Pascoe’s book Dark Emu – a History of Indigenous Science and Agriculture – to help educate them about the real story of Australia.
Outside of his media appearances and work with Deadly Science, Corey works at the University of Sydney, and is an enthusiastic advocate for Science, Nature, and Sports.
DR JESSICA BLOOM
science communications | astrophysics
Dr Jessica Bloom is an Astrophysics specialist who has a keen interest in scientific outreach and public science communication. For her PHD, Jessica researched galaxy mergers and their impact on galaxy evolution.
On top of teaching physics at the University of Sydney, Jessica has also been an Astronomer in Residence at Uluru, leading star tours and giving presentations.
In her spare time, Jessica is a circus performer, utilising her contortionist, hooping, acrobatics and fire spinning skills to freelance at nightclubs, parties, and festivals.
Jessica’s impressive media resume includes appearances on ABC TV’s Life on the line, Discovery Network’s Dr Karl’s Outrageous Act’s of Science and regular contributions to Dr Karl’s Shirtloads of Science podcast.
DR VANESSA PIROTTA
Dr Vanessa Pirotta is a wildlife scientist and science communicator. Her zoological background has taken her around the world for wildlife research.
Vanessa is also a passionate and experienced science communicator who loves making science accessible. Her keen interests cover topics of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, also known as STEAM. Vanessa has represented Australia internationally as the national winner of a world-renowned science communication competition known as FameLab, placing second in the world.
Vanessa’s efforts to communicate science has also seen her become a TEDx speaker, speak at the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization and recognized as one of the top 100 Women of Influence judged by the Australian Financial Review.
professor TOBY WALSH
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SPECIALIST
Toby Walsh is Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales and Data61. He was named by the Australian newspaper as a “rock star” of Australia’s digital revolution.
He is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives, and has been a leading voice in the discussion about autonomous weapons (aka “killer robots”), speaking at the UN in both New York and Geneva on the topic. He is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science and recipient of the NSW Premier’s Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT.
He appears regularly on TV and radio, and has authored two books on AI for a general audience, the most recent entitled “2062: The World that AI Made”.
After completing his bachelor’s he realised that he was more temperamentally suited to talking about science rather than doing it and has been quite successful at that. He has appeared as a physics expert on TV, Radio, and in the “new media”, alongside some of the biggest names in science communication, including Bill Nye, Lisa Harvey-Smith, and Dr Karl. Petr is distracted from his PhD and SciComm work by guitar riffs, sandstone cliffs, and sourdough.
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