Ideas and Innovations to Change the World

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What’s it all about?

The path from scientific concept to technology takes many twists and turns. See a series of intriguing and stimulating demonstrations that tell the story behind developments in novel materials and fascinating technologies.

What will we cover?

Many products we use today have come from discoveries that may have occurred many years before. Sometimes a new discovery is a mere novelty until a necessity is identified. Some of the technologies and materials we’ll look at have obvious applications, others are well outside the square. With demonstrations and explanations we’ll get to touch and see materials and technologies, and discuss the world of innovation and the narratives of discovery.

Who will be teaching?

KPChris Krishna-Pillay is one of Australia’s most prominent science communicators and performers. His writing and performing credits include, Howard Florey – a Tale of Tall Poppies, Somnium, Pre-Coital, Dante’s Laboratory and Ologism. He also directed Faraday’s Candle for Inspiring Australia. Chris has performed across Australia, as well as in the UK, New Zealand and Japan. Plus, he has appeared on television on You Have Been Warned (Discovery Channel), Today, Scope and Totally Wild. He is also a regular presenter on popular radio program Einstein A Go Go (Triple R radio), and was science consultant for children’s television series Wicked Science (Network Ten).

Chris works for CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation – Australia’s national science and technology organisation) as CSIRO Education and Outreach’s Community Engagement Manager and has presented at education and performance conferences in Australia, the UK, the US, South Africa, Japan and New Zealand.