UTSpeaks: Trouble-making Science

Can Australians handle the truth?

From the beginning, humanity has sought to discover how everything works, exploiting the forces, forms and phenomena of the natural world to our benefit. Our curiosity has seen superstition and science overlap or clash again and again. Yet today, many might argue that hard, evidence-based science has emerged triumphant. But is this true?

With science now underpinning every aspect of life – health, technology, food, war, travel, entertainment – have we adopted an almost superstitious belief it can solve all problems? Or has a dangerous contradiction emerged between our faith in science to solve all and an often dogged disbelief when the evidence confronts us with troubling and inconvenient truths?

Join our panellists in a lively Q&A forum that will explore Australia’s complex and sometimes tense relationship with science.

Special Guest Moderator

Tim Dean, Science and Technology Editor, The Conversation


  • Professor Derek Eamus is a plant physiologist and leads the Terrestrial Ecohydrology Research Group within UTS’s School of Life Sciences
  • Peter Hannam is Environment Reporter with the Sydney Morning Herald
  • Professor Liz Harry leads UTS researchers with the ithree institute that is tackling the challenges we face in understanding and controlling infectious diseases in humans and animals
  • Professor David Booth leads UTS’s Fish Ecology Lab and is President of the Australian Coral Reef Society

Event details

  • When: Thursday 23 April 2015. 6.00pm drinks and canapés for 6.30pm start, concludes 8.30pm
  • Where: The Great Hall, Level 5, UTS Tower, Broadway
  • How to Register: Click here to register your attendance before Wednesday 22 April.
  • Transport: UTS is only ten minutes’ walk from Central Station, Eddy Avenue and Railway Square bus stops. Parking is available for those with a disability or special need to drive: Peter Johnson Building, Basement Car Park, 702-730 Harris St. Ultimo.

UTSPEAKS is a free public lecture series presented by UTS research experts discussing a wide range of important issues confronting contemporary Australia.

Woman doing a science experiment