Cosmos - - Upfront -


Michael holds a PHD in quan­tum physics,and is a UK-based science writer. He co-hosts the award-win­ning pod­cast Science(ish), which ex­plores the science in pop­u­lar cul­ture, and is the au­thor of sev­eral books, in­clud­ing the best­selling 13 Things That Don’t Make

Sense. His lat­est book is The Quan­tum Astrologer’s Hand­book.


As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Me­gan Munsie com­bines tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise in stem cell science with an in­ter­est in the eth­i­cal, so­cial and reg­u­la­tory is­sues as­so­ci­ated with this field. She is Deputy Di­rec­tor of the Cen­tre for Stem Cell Sys­tems at the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne and a mem­ber of the Arc-funded Stem Cells Aus­tralia ini­tia­tive.


An award-win­ning Mel­bourne-based il­lus­tra­tor, Jef­frey is known for his brand of quirky pen and ink draw­ings. Be­sides ed­i­to­rial work he also art di­rects, draws sto­ry­boards for film and TV and il­lus­trates live at events if re­quired. He re­stricts him­self to two cups of cof­fee a day and plans his en­tire sched­ule around when and where th­ese may be con­sumed for max­i­mum ef­fect.


Annamaria, a bi­ol­o­gist by train­ing, is a Eureka Prize win­ning film­maker. Her work has cov­ered top­ics as di­verse as net­work science, hu­man ori­gins, and the mi­cro­biome. Her lat­est film, ‘ The King­dom - How Fungi Made Our World’ won the Best Film award at the 2018 Scin­ema In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. It will screen on Na­tional Geo­graphic in Aus­tralia from the 7th of Oc­to­ber.

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