The Science Nation is celebrating National Science Week by answering the question that has plagued mankind for centuries: which field of research is the weirdest of all? To find out The Science Nation will hold a debate tournament that sees eight prominent researchers compete to convince the audience that they do the weirdest, wackiest, craziest research in the world. With additional rounds of improvised, audience-inspired, topics this Great Debate is 90 minutes of science & laughs that promises to be fun for people of all ages.

Events will be held on the following dates and cities:

15 August – Brisbane

Brisbane’s debaters and topics are: Dr Ben Burton (maths), Dr Lucy Cradduck (law), Dr Simon Haine (physics), Dr Rebecca Hill (nutrition), Prof Jenny Martin (biology), Dr Daniel McKewen (visual arts), Dr David Parkinson (the universe) and A/Prof Christine Wells (stem cells).

Brisbane 8

22 August – Sydney

Sydney’s debaters and topics are: Dr Matt Baker (bacteria), A/Prof Darren Curnoe (humans), Josien de Bie (medicine), Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith (the universe), A/Prof Adam Micolich (nanotechnology), Dr Peter Rohde (physics), Dr Ashley Waardenberg (DNA) and Dr Alice Williamson (chemistry).

Sydney 8

26 August – Adelaide

Adelaide’s debaters and topics are: A/Prof Rachel Burton (plants), Dr Alan Cooper (humans), Dr Greg Freebairn (rocket science), Prof Sonia Kleindorfer (birds), Noby Leong (chemistry), Prof Phil Weinstein (biology), A/Prof Kerrie Wilkinson (taste) and Dr Paul Willis (dinosaurs).

Adelaide 8

Please submit any questions via email.

The Great Debate: My Research Rules is proudly supported by National Science Week.
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