[ASC-list] Science at Brisbane Writers Festival - 17-21 September

Jenni Metcalfe jenni at econnect.com.au
Wed Aug 13 01:15:27 UTC 2008

The Brisbane Writers Festival is on again September 17th- 21st. Last year
the event attracted almost 30,000 people and this year it promises to be
even bigger and better. The official program for this year will be published
in The Australian this Saturday. Tickets to the Festival can be purchased by
going to www.qtix.com.au  or by calling 136 246. For further information
please refer to our website www.brisbanewritersfestival.com.au 

Below I have listed details about the science and technology events that
will be included within the Festival. 

The Next Frontier: 
The Miracles of the Brain 
3:40pm - 4:40pm 
The Marquee 
Norman Doidge, Susan Wyndham 
Chair: Pankaj Sah 
Stories from the frontiers of brain science 
Presented by University of Queensland 

The Hidden Ecological Crisis of the Global Ocean 
slq Queensland Terrace 
6:30pm - 7:30pm 
Alanna Mitchell 
Chair: Joel Gilmour 
Named as the best environmental reporter in the world by the Reuters
Foundation in 2000, Alanna Mitchell, examines the deterioration of our

Bookings essential: Tickets $15/$12 at qtix (136 246) 
Presented by BrisScience 

The Brain that Changes Itself 
Slq Auditorium 2 
Norman Doidge 
Ch: Kate Pavnter 
Doidge provides a history of growing field of brain research, highlighting
scientists at the edge of groundbreaking discoveries and telling fascinating
stories of people who have benefited.


The Digital Tsunami: 
How the Digital Revolution will Impact the Book Industry 
slq Auditorium 2 
4:40pm - 5:40pm 
David Higgins, Antony Loewenstein, Fiona Stager 
Chair: Franscois McHardy 
It's unavoidable and unpredictable. While other industries tackle the
digital dilemma head-on, the book industry remains adamant that the book, in
all its paper glory, will never die. In this session the Panelists ask the
questions on everyone's lips. Will the book industry survive, can we preempt
the digital momentum and what lessons can we learn from other industries
already surfing the wave. Two audience members will take home their very own
Sony eReader, in preparation for the digital tsunami.   

Presented by Simon & Schuster 

Going Green: 
Business, Ethics and Sustainability 
slq The Edge 
12:40pm - 1:40pm 
Gwynne Dyer, Frank Stilwell, Tony Fry 
Chair: Robyn Williams 
Gwynne Dyer is a journalist, columnist, author, broadcaster, and lecturer on
international affairs and the author of Climate Wars. Frank Stilwell is a
Professor of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. Tony Fry is a
leading designer, design and sustainability theorist, writer, educator and
farm forester. 

Bookings essential: Tickets $12/$10 at qtix (136 246) 
Presented by OZ Minerals 

Winner: 2008 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards 
Science Writer Award 
slq The Studio 
11:20am - 12:20pm 
Short listed winner in conversation with Robyn Williams 
Presented by the Department of Tourism, Regional Development and Industry 

Climate Wars 
slq Auditorium 1 
12:40pm - 1:40pm 
Gwynne Dyer 
Chair: Chris O'Connell 
>From one of the world's great geopolitical analysts, here is a terrifying
glimpse of the none-too-distant future, when climate change will force the
world's powers into a desperate struggle for survival.

Bookings essential: Tickets $12/$10 at qtix (136 246) 
Presented by Network Ten 

Censorship and the Internet 
slq The Edge 
12:40pm - 1:40pm 
Antony Loewenstein In conversation with Annie Guest 
In many countries, internet censorship has become one of the key human
rights issues of the twenty-first century. Antony Loewenstein conducts a
searching examination of the ways the internet is threatening the rule of
some of the planet's most repressive governments, including in countries
such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, China, Cuba, Egypt and Syria

Bookings essential: Tickets $12/$10 at qtix (136 246) 
Presented by iSmart 

The Ultimate Seachange: 
The Future of the Reef 
slq Auditorium 1 
2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Alanna Mitchell, J.E.N. Veron 
Chair: Paul Greenfield 
Alanna Mitchell named by the Reuters Foundation in 2000 as the best
environmental reporter in the world, and J.E.N. Veron, the recipient of the
2004 Darwin Medal of the International Society for Reef Studies, discuss the
future of the world's coral reefs and what can be done to save them. 

Bookings essential: Tickets $12/$10 at qtix (136 246) 
Presented by University of Queensland 

Cafe Scientific: 
Can our thoughts change the structure and function of our brains? 
Mantra South Bank - Official Festival Hotel 
Norman Doidge, Paul Willis 
Norman Doidge, is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher, author,
essayist and poet. When he set out to investigate neuroplasticity he met the
brilliant scientists championing it and the people whose lives they've
transformed, resulting in his book, The Brain That Changes Itself. Dr Paul
Willis is a reporter for ABC's Catalyst. 

Cafe Scientific takes scientists out of the lab and into cafes and pubs for
lively, engaging discussions. The audience can enjoy a drink while experts
debate the latest ideas - led by ABC TV science journalists. These events
are recorded for broadcast on Radio National.

Presented by ABC Science 

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