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Robyn Williams, Australia’s pre-eminent science broadcaster, has urged Deakin researchers to do their bit to “save civilisation”.
“Science communication is the key to saving civilisation,” Robyn said to a packed house at the Geelong Technology Precinct, as well as those listening by video-link on the university’s Burwood Campus.
“As a society, as a community, we have so many important decisions to make about the future.
“To be able to do this in the most informed way, we need your help as scientists.
“And that means as well as doing your research, you need to be able to communicate it effectively.”
Williams, who presents the Science Show, Ockham’s Razor and In Conversation on ABC Radio National, was a guest of Deakin’s first Federation Fellow, Professor Peter Hodgson.
“It was an honour to have Robyn come and speak to our researchers,” Professor Hodgson said.
“The message came through loud and clear, it is not enough for us to do our research, we have got to be out there communicating it to the public.
“We know that a lot of things were are working on are pivotal to the future of the community, things like lightweight materials, better materials for hip joints, smarter fibres, there’s some really fantastic work going on at the GTP in Waurn Ponds and all over the university.
“We know, too, that this work is of the highest international standard.
“We can judge that in many ways, but one of the most compelling is the number of people who want to come to Deakin and work alongside the people who are already here.
“We have just got to be more pro-active in communicating our message.”
After his talk, Robyn Williams met and interviewed a number of Deakin’s researchers.
Those completed interviews will be broadcast on future Science Shows on Radio National.
Researchers at the GTP were also in the spotlight in May when a television crew from The New Inventors called in seeking material for future programs.
They were keen to learn more the about work at the Centre for Material and Fibre Innovation creating better materials for hip joints.
For more information on Robyn Williams and the Science Show, visit http://www.abc.net.au/rn/scienceshow/default.htm
For more information about Deakin’s work on new materials for hip and other replacements, visit http://www.gsdm.com.au/newsletters/deakin/nov06/hiphip.html