The Great Debate: Greatest Discovery Ever Made

To celebrate National Science Week the Science Nation is going big; the series' biggest tour, biggest lineup, all in an attempt to answer the biggest question of all - what is the Greatest Discovery Ever Made?

Help decide what is the biggest breakthrough in scientific history, and have a laugh along the way. What will take the prize: evolution, quantum mechanics, the shape of the universe, cold beer? Only one way to find out. Tickets are selling faster than any other Science Nation tour, and at least one event is going to sell out so guarantee your spot and buy your tickets now!

Events will be held on the following dates and cities:

11 August - Melbourne

Doing battle in Melbourne is: reproductive biologist, science communicator and prospective Ig Nobel laureate, Dr Kiri Beilby; contortionist, acrobat, fire spinner and astrophysicist, Dr Jess Bloom; theoretical physicist and jazz pianist manqué, Prof Jared Cole; animal physiologist, neuroscientist and backyard orchardist, Dr Angelina Fong; biomedical engineer who believes diamonds really are a girl’s best friend, Dr Kate Fox; science educator, boardgame designer and comedian, Tom Lang; physicist and future Martian, Josh Richards; and physicist, science communicator and Science Nation founder, Dr Andrew Stephenson.

16 August – Brisbane

Doing in battle in Brisbane is: writer and performer, Natalie Bochenski; snake venom evolutionary biologist, country music lover and G&T enthusiast, Jordan Debono; scientist, comedian and TV personality, Dr Joel Gilmore; quantum computer geek and craft homebrewer extraordinaire, Dr Austin Lund; retinal biomaterial engineer and aspiring muso, Natalie McKirdy; Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy and ornithophile, Prof Hugh Possingham; medical physicist, ballerina and kung fu warrior, Lucy Sim; and physicist, science communicator and Science Nation founder, Dr Andrew Stephenson.

  • Time: 7:30-9pm (doors open at 7pm), 16 August 2018.
  • Venue: Queensland Museum, South Brisbane.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Brisbane’s event to your Facebook calendar.

18 August – Adelaide

Doing battle in Adelaide is: science communicator, former biochemist and maker of a Guinness Book of Records World’s Largest Whoopee Cushion, Dr Lisa Bailey; food nerd and professional talker, Dr Heather Bray; bioinformatician, data scientist and beer connoisseur, Dr Jimmy Breen; anthropologist and evolutionary scientist, Prof Alan Cooper; evolutionary biologist and manatee enthusiast, Jenna Crowe-Riddell; chemist and the former face of Adelaide, Dr Noby Leong; paleomicrobiologist and s’more enthusiast, Dr Laura Weyrich; and wine chemist, wine educator and aspiring llama farmer, A/Prof Kerry Wilkinson.

19 August - Sydney 

Doing battle in Sydney is: shantyman, cycle-tourist and theoretical physicist, Dr Sam Bladwell; oceanographer, cat paparazzi and keep cup user, Prof Martina Doblin; marine biologist, fish sex researcher and underwater explorer, Prof William Gladstone; Maritime archaeologist, out of breath runner and an even worse soccer player, Kieran Hosty; biologist, maritime archaeologist and weekend Viking, Renee Malliaros; neuroscientist, AI enthusiast and believer that pharmacological gastronomy is a thing, Dr William Redmond; physicist, freediver and mountaineer, Dr Peter Rohde; and psychology PhD student, dementia researcher and tea connoisseur Nikki-Anne Wilson.

  • Time: 3-4:30pm (doors open at 2:30pm), 19 August 2018.
  • Venue: Maritime Museum, Sydney.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Sydney's event to your Facebook calendar.
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Dr Andrew Stephenson

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