Be enthralled as five brilliant young scientists tell cutting-edge stories of their work. From astrophysics to animal rescue; new ways to fight old...

New Horizons: ABC's Ockham's Razor - LIVE!

Location:

Level 6 Terrace Entrance (Circular Quay West Side)
2000 NSW
Australia

Venue:
Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
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Speakers

Dr Devika Kamath

Dr Devika Kamath

Lecturer of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Macquarie University

A stellar astrophysicist at Macquarie University, Dr Devika Kamath is internationally recognised for her work on dying stars. She holds an Australian Research Council 'Discovery Early Career Researcher Award', and is actively involved in STEM outreach programs. Devika is a 2019 'Superstar of STEM' for Science & Technology, Australia.

Emily Jateff

Emily Jateff

Curator of Ocean Science and Technology, Australian National Maritime Museum

Emily Jateff is Curator of Ocean Science and Technology at the Australian National Maritime Museum. A marine archaeologist, Emily has been to the Titanic four times! She has curated exhibitions, excavated people and operated all the high-tech kit, from ground penetrating radar to side-scan sonar, usually in bad weather.

Kate Cole

Kate Cole

Engineer & Certified Occupational Hygienist

An Engineer & Certified Occupational Hygienist, Kate Cole is passionate about the health of Australian construction workers. 

A Superstar of STEM, Churchill Fellow, and Woman of Influence, Kate has been the catalyst for industry change for her work in addressing the issue of silica dust exposure in the construction industry.

Adrianne Jenner

Adrianne Jenner

PHD Candiate

Adrianne Jenner is working to improve three innovative cancer treatments – with maths!
For her PhD, Adrianne is developing mathematical models to simulate how different treatment regimens - and variations within a tumour - can affect the treatment outcome. 
Cancer-killing viruses, immune cells and drugs are all in her sights.

Dr Lydia Tong

Dr Lydia Tong

Pathologist, Taronga Zoo

Lydia is Taronga Zoo’s pathologist, responsible for disease investigation and autopsy of all animals in Taronga's care. Outside the zoo, Lydia works on criminal investigations involving animals. 
Merging her passions for wildlife conservation and veterinary forensics has led to her greatest fight yet – the battle against illegal wildlife traffickers.

Bernie Hobbs

Bernie Hobbs

Science Writer & Presenter, ABC Science. Moderator

An award-winning science writer and presenter with ABC Science, Bernie brings a sharp mind - and sharper wit! - to her mc-ing and moderating.
She can't wait to help these scientists get their incredible stories out there - live at Vivid and via the ABC's Ockham's Razor podcast!

Access and Inclusion

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  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.

Event Details

Be enthralled as five brilliant young scientists tell cutting-edge stories of their work.

From astrophysics to animal rescue; new ways to fight old diseases; and exploring sunken treasures – it’s real science told by real scientists with no notes, no slides. Just great stories. It’s all part of Ockham’s Razor – the ABC podcast for anyone with a compelling story of science. And it’s live at Vivid Sydney for the first time, with ABC Science presenter Bernie Hobbs as MC.

Trashy mags are full of stories about love among the stars. But astrophysicist Devika Kamath has discovered what happens when real stars hook-up – and is rewriting the astronomy textbooks as a result!

Adrianne Jenner never guessed that her obsession with maths would help turn viruses into cancer-fighting weapons, but her PhD is putting a little ninja into the disease equation. And you’ve probably heard about another deadly disease – silicosis – that’s killing our tradies. But if you thought silicosis is the new mesothelioma, Kate Cole has shocking news for you.

Have poachers and organised crime met their match in animal coroner Lydia Tong and her team? They're using a surprising mix of science to help stop the traffic, and save precious lives.

Exploring the Titanic in a submersible may not save lives, but maritime archaeologist Emily Jateff’s work is an adventure that’s always telling us more about who we are, and who we have been.

Listen to their stories, and you’ll feel the hope and awe that curiosity creates.

Check out more events in The New Horizons Series program

Access and Inclusion

For more accessibility information see the Vivid accessibility map.

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.