[ASC-list] Save the date! Club Cosmos - From Sci-Fi to Sci-Fact (Sydney)

Wilson da Silva wfdasilva at gmail.com
Mon May 2 23:52:44 UTC 2011

Arthur C. Clarke once described science fiction an "…escape into reality".
Was he right? Join a panel of scientists as they discuss the impact of
sci-fi on society, and how it has influenced our visions of the future - and
science itself.

Hosted by COSMOS magazine's Wilson da Silva, our panel explores whether how
science fiction - in visual art, film and literature - is a cultural
reflection of the impact of science and technology on society, and helps us
open up imaginary worlds and alternative realities where different social,
political and even personal possibilities can be explored.
Our panel of scientists (who are also sci-fi fans) are:

• *Mary-Anne Williams* is a robotist, director of the Magic Lab and
associate dean in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of
Technology, Sydney. She is the coach of the Robot Soccer team UTS Unleashed!
and this year will take it and a 3D robot simulation team to RoboCup
Istanbul. She works with her research team to bring science fiction to
reality; exploring robot learning, social robotics, human-robot interaction,
robot-robot collaboration, and bio-inspired robot cognition.

• *Barry Brook* is a leading environmental scientist, holding the Sir Hubert
Wilkins Chair of Climate Change at the School of Earth and Environmental
Sciences, and is also Director of Climate Science at the University of
Adelaide’s Environment Institute. His research and teaching interests centre
on climate change impacts and adaptation, computational and statistical
modelling, systems analysis for sustainable energy, and synergies between
human impacts on the biosphere.

• *Bryan Gaensler* is an astronomer working as an ARC Federation Fellow and
professor of physics in the Sydney Institute for Astronomy within the School
of Physics at the University of Sydney. Starting in mid-2011, he will be
embarking on two new roles: as an Australian Laureate Fellow, and as
Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO).
working to establish Australia as the world leader in wide-field radio and
optical astronomy.

*Tuesday, 10 May 2011*
*The Performance Space at Carriageworks*
*245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015*

This Club Cosmos is held in conjunction with RiAus and the exhibition
"Awfully Wonderful: Science Fiction in Contemporary Art" curated by Bec Dean
and Lizzie Muller (see - http://is.gd/p23Nhx)

Tickets are free, but you need to register here - http://is.gd/U7AyVt

And for more information, click here - http://is.gd/egbxJl

We'd love to see you there!
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