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To meet the great challenges of this century we need the best science, but also the best social and humanities research. The answers that science provides are often not enough to make the changes we need to see in the world. Only when researchers work together across disciplinary divides can we be sure we are asking the right questions.

Emerging Issues in Science and Society is a unique event, consisting of four sessions covering pressing topics that affect Australian society. To consider these topics from many angles, this event will combine a scientist with a researcher from the humanities and social sciences. Each session will cover the basic science behind the issues, implications for policy and society, and the challenges of science communication and public misconceptions.

Emerging Issues in Science and Society is held in partnership between the , the newly formed Deakin University Science and Society Network, a network of the , and the (4S). The event will be opened by the Academy's President, and the Master of Ceremonies will be ABC science broadcaster Paul Willis.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided, in addition to tea and coffee.

Are Australia’s snakes the deadliest in the world?

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About the session

For over a century Australia’s venomous snakes have been counted amongst the world’s deadliest, yet human fatalities remain strikingly rare. When and how did our snakes develop such a fearsome reputation? Is it all just perception? From the colonial era to the present day, this session explores why these snakes are venomous, how scientific understanding of them has changed, and the impact of medical care on death rates.

About the speakers

Peter Hobbins is a historian of science, technology and medicine at the University of Sydney. Having trained initially in pharmacology, studying Australian snake venoms, his historical research into local snakebites and antidotes before 1914 has recently been published as ‘Venomous Encounters: Snakes, Vivisection and Scientific Medicine in Colonial Australia’.

Ronelle Welton is a research scientist at the University of Melbourne who is passionate about communities and working with leaders to support health outcomes. A frequent speaker, the combination of research science in biochemistry and public health experience in PNG give her a unique ability to bridge the gap between practice and theory to plain English.

Can we predict bushfires?

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About the session

In fire-prone countries such as Australia, the prediction of bushfire behaviour and appropriate assessment of the associated risk has increasingly become a crucial part of how we prepare for, and respond to, bushfire events. This session explains how effective prediction is complicated by bushfire’s dynamic processes, and how little we know about them, as well as examining some of the political and social implications of how we currently predict this tenacious and worsening natural hazard.

About the speakers

Jason Sharples is Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics in the School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences at UNSW Canberra. Jason has led a number of research projects that consider extreme and dynamic fire behaviour, the development of large conflagrations and bushfire risk management. He is also an Advanced Firefighter with the ACT Rural Fire Service.

Timothy Neale is a Research Fellow in Deakin University’s Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. His research interests include the politics of environmental knowledges, Indigenous land and natural hazards management, utilising anthropological and geographical methods to understand how we encounter and manage the environments in which we live.

Does nutrition science (mis)inform our diets?

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About the session

We are constantly receiving information on nutrition and food from scientists, government, media, marketers, and our friends and family. But still many of us make poor dietary decisions and fall for diet trends like Paleo, gluten free or superfoods. This session explores the disconnect between nutrition science and our food habits, focusing on key issues of interpretation, communication, commodification and policy.

About the speakers

Jessica Loyer holds a PhD in history/food studies and an MA in gastronomy. She currently works within the Food Values Research Group at the University of Adelaide, where she researches contemporary food and nutrition culture, as well as seeks to conceptually connect food production and consumption through interdisciplinary research methods. Her current work examines ‘superfoods’ as global agricultural commodities and popular discourse about food, health and values.

Emma Beckett is a molecular nutrition scientist, researching gene nutrient interactions. She is currently a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellow in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle. She has a PhD in food science (nutrition), Masters in science management and a Bachelor of biomedical science. Emma has a passion for nutrition myth-busting and aims to empower consumers to help them critically assess nutrition information and marketing.

How does the microbiome change what it is to be human?

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About the session

This session covers how the microbial communities living in our bodies influence human evolution. How did our microbes help us to become who we are? How will our children and grandchildren be affected by what we do to our microbes now? What are the effects of manipulating the microbiome on the future of human health and wellbeing? Trish and Amy speculate about the pasts and futures of micro-human entanglements.

About the speakers

Amy Loughman is a psychologist and an Associate Lecturer at RMIT University. She is passionate about the gut microbiome and its connection with human developmental health. Amy is an active science communicator, and has written for The Conversation, The Research Whisperer and The Thesis Whisperer. Find her at www.mindbodymicrobiome.com and on Twitter @MBmicrobiome.

Tarsh Bates is an artist/researcher interested in the aesthetics of interspecies relationships and the human as a multispecies ecology. She completed a Master of science (biological arts) in 2012 and is currently a candidate for a PhD at SymbioticA UWA. She is particularly enamoured with Candida albicans.

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9:00 AM July 06, 2017

Emerging Issues in Science and Society

To meet the great challenges of this century we need the best science, but also the best social and humanities research. The answers that science provides are often not enough to make the changes we need to see in the world. Only when researchers work together across disciplinary divides can we be sure we are asking the right questions.

Emerging Issues in Science and Society is a unique event, consisting of four sessions covering pressing topics that affect Australian society. To consider these topics from many angles, this event will combine a scientist with a researcher from the humanities and social sciences. Each session will cover the basic science behind the issues, implications for policy and society, and the challenges of science communication and public misconceptions.

Emerging Issues in Science and Society is held in partnership between the Australian Academy of Science, the newly formed Deakin University Science and Society Network, a network of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, and the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S). The event will be opened by the Academy's President, Professor Andrew Holmes and the Master of Ceremonies will be ABC science broadcaster Paul Willis.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided, in addition to tea and coffee.

Are Australia’s snakes the deadliest in the world?

Peter Hobbins and Ronelle Welton

About the session

For over a century Australia’s venomous snakes have been counted amongst the world’s deadliest, yet human fatalities remain strikingly rare. When and how did our snakes develop such a fearsome reputation? Is it all just perception? From the colonial era to the present day, this session explores why these snakes are venomous, how scientific understanding of them has changed, and the impact of medical care on death rates.

About the speakers

Peter Hobbins is a historian of science, technology and medicine at the University of Sydney. Having trained initially in pharmacology, studying Australian snake venoms, his historical research into local snakebites and antidotes before 1914 has recently been published as ‘Venomous Encounters: Snakes, Vivisection and Scientific Medicine in Colonial Australia’.

Ronelle Welton is a research scientist at the University of Melbourne who is passionate about communities and working with leaders to support health outcomes. A frequent speaker, the combination of research science in biochemistry and public health experience in PNG give her a unique ability to bridge the gap between practice and theory to plain English.

Can we predict bushfires?

Timothy Neale and Jason Sharples

About the session

In fire-prone countries such as Australia, the prediction of bushfire behaviour and appropriate assessment of the associated risk has increasingly become a crucial part of how we prepare for, and respond to, bushfire events. This session explains how effective prediction is complicated by bushfire’s dynamic processes, and how little we know about them, as well as examining some of the political and social implications of how we currently predict this tenacious and worsening natural hazard.

About the speakers

Jason Sharples is Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics in the School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences at UNSW Canberra. Jason has led a number of research projects that consider extreme and dynamic fire behaviour, the development of large conflagrations and bushfire risk management. He is also an Advanced Firefighter with the ACT Rural Fire Service.

Timothy Neale is a Research Fellow in Deakin University’s Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. His research interests include the politics of environmental knowledges, Indigenous land and natural hazards management, utilising anthropological and geographical methods to understand how we encounter and manage the environments in which we live.

Does nutrition science (mis)inform our diets?

Jessica Loyer and Emma Beckett

About the session

We are constantly receiving information on nutrition and food from scientists, government, media, marketers, and our friends and family. But still many of us make poor dietary decisions and fall for diet trends like Paleo, gluten free or superfoods. This session explores the disconnect between nutrition science and our food habits, focusing on key issues of interpretation, communication, commodification and policy.

About the speakers

Jessica Loyer holds a PhD in history/food studies and an MA in gastronomy. She currently works within the Food Values Research Group at the University of Adelaide, where she researches contemporary food and nutrition culture, as well as seeks to conceptually connect food production and consumption through interdisciplinary research methods. Her current work examines ‘superfoods’ as global agricultural commodities and popular discourse about food, health and values.

Emma Beckett is a molecular nutrition scientist, researching gene nutrient interactions. She is currently a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellow in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle. She has a PhD in food science (nutrition), Masters in science management and a Bachelor of biomedical science. Emma has a passion for nutrition myth-busting and aims to empower consumers to help them critically assess nutrition information and marketing.

How does the microbiome change what it is to be human?

Tarsh Bates and Amy Loughman

About the session

This session covers how the microbial communities living in our bodies influence human evolution. How did our microbes help us to become who we are? How will our children and grandchildren be affected by what we do to our microbes now? What are the effects of manipulating the microbiome on the future of human health and wellbeing? Trish and Amy speculate about the pasts and futures of micro-human entanglements.

About the speakers

Amy Loughman is a psychologist and an Associate Lecturer at RMIT University. She is passionate about the gut microbiome and its connection with human developmental health. Amy is an active science communicator, and has written for The Conversation, The Research Whisperer and The Thesis Whisperer. Find her at www.mindbodymicrobiome.com and on Twitter @MBmicrobiome.

Tarsh Bates is an artist/researcher interested in the aesthetics of interspecies relationships and the human as a multispecies ecology. She completed a Master of science (biological arts) in 2012 and is currently a candidate for a PhD at SymbioticA UWA. She is particularly enamoured with Candida albicans.

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