Published on : Thursday, August 7, 2014
Long recognised as the arts capital, Melbourne’s science and technology achievements are earning the city a similar reputation worldwide. Ticket registrations open to the public today, Tuesday 5 August, for a free City of Melbourne ‘Melbourne Conversations’ event like no other.
In collaboration with Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) Club Melbourne Ambassador Program and National Science Week (16-24 August), Melburnians are invited to ‘Science makes Melbourne cool: Astonishing Facts and Stories’ on Wednesday 20 August at MCEC.
Melbourne Conversations Program Manager Jeff Taylor said: “We have created this event to help educate Melburnians on the city’s remarkable scientific achievements and we’re pleased to host this for the first time at MCEC.
“The conversation forum will celebrate National Science Week with an injection of exciting factual stories from some of Melbourne’s best and brightest brains.”
The conversation panel includes:
- Dr Cathy Foley – Deputy Director Manufacturing Flagship, CSIRO and Club Melbourne Ambassador
- Emeritus Professor Alan Trounson – Monash University and Club Melbourne Ambassador
- Associate Professor Christopher Fluke – Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology
- Dr Krystal Evans – Chief Executive Officer, BioMelbourne
- Bridie Smith – Science Editor, The Age
- Niall Byrne (Event MC) – Creative Director, Science in Public and Club Melbourne Ambassador
Dr Cathy Foley said: “The audience will hear an engaging discussion on how scientists are solving problems, as well as the science behind some of Melbourne’s greatest discoveries.
“We’ll share facts and figures and the importance of bringing science events to Melbourne and breaking news on the latest scientific innovations.”
As Club Melbourne Ambassadors, both Dr Foley and Professor Trounson play pivotal roles in shaping Melbourne’s scientific reputation. Representing Melbourne science on the global stage, as Ambassadors they work voluntarily to attract major scientific conferences and events to further enhance the city’s reputation.
Club Melbourne General Manager Suzana Bishop said: “Through our program, Ambassadors capitalise on Victoria’s position as a hub for research and innovation when attracting international events to Melbourne.
“The economic impact in bringing these events to the city is significant. Since the program’s inception in 2005, Ambassadors have been involved in securing 85 major conferences worth more than $580 million to the Victorian economy; 30 of these have been scientific conferences which alone have generated over $157 million.”
High-profile science events taking place in Melbourne over the coming months, which Ambassadors have been involved in securing, include the International Association for Plant Biotechnology Congress in August and the International Conference on Systems Biology in October.
Club Melbourne is owned and led by MCEC with support and collaboration from the Melbourne Convention Bureau and Victorian State Government.