Big­ger venue af­ter high in­ter­est

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE -

IN­TER­EST in a free sci­ence pre­sen­ta­tion by Dr Karl Kruszel­nicki at the Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast on has been so strong that or­gan­is­ers have moved the event to a big­ger venue.

The pop­u­lar sci­ence com­mu­ni­ca­tor and author of 43 books will now de­liver his pub­lic lec­ture at USC Sta­dium on Mon­day, Au­gust 13 from 5.30-6.30pm.

At the event, ti­tled Game Chang­ers and Change Mak­ers, Dr Karl will also sign books and greet fans as part of Na­tional Sci­ence Week, which runs from Au­gust 11-19.

Dr Karl, a qual­i­fied med­i­cal doc­tor and re­cip­i­ent of the Mem­ber of the Or­der of Aus­tralia Award, said he was look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to USC af­ter re­ceiv­ing an Hon­orary Doc­tor­ate from the univer­sity in 2016.

“It can be easy to fo­cus on the sci­ence in the big cities, how­ever there is loads of in­cred­i­ble re­search go­ing on in the re­gions that is just as fas­ci­nat­ing,” he said.

“USC re­searchers are in­volved with some im­por­tant projects like find­ing ways to help koalas with chlamy­dia, how to use new tech­nol­ogy to im­prove the hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence, or ways we might be able to re­spond to cli­mate change.

“This is glob­ally rel­e­vant sci­ence we are talk­ing about.

“Also, I love an op­por­tu­nity to re­turn to USC to share my own love of sci­ence and to re­mind peo­ple of the enor­mous po­ten­tial for sci­ence to change the world.”

Dr Karl pop­u­larises sci­ence on ABC ra­dio sta­tions across Aus­tralia and, on the BBC, for sev­eral hours each week.

His weekly talk­back show on Triple J, which at­tracts 300,000 lis­ten­ers, has men­tioned USC’s en­gi­neer­ing pro­gram and cli­mate change re­search.

USC deputy vice-chan­cel­lor (re­search and in­no­va­tion) Pro­fes­sor Roland De Marco said it was an hon­our to host such a well-known sci­ence ad­vo­cate for Na­tional Sci­ence Week.

“Dr Karl’s pas­sion and cu­rios­ity for sci­ence is in­fec­tious, and we are thrilled to be able to share that with the Sun­shine Coast com­mu­nity,” he said.

Reg­is­tra­tions are es­sen­tial for this event and can be made at usc.edu.au/drkarl.

PHOTO: MEL KOUTCHAVLI­S

COM­ING TO TOWN: Dr Karl will present a talk at USC.

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