Professor Chris Turney
Australian Earth scientist Chris Turney has written four books to critical acclaim – Shackled: How a Scientific Expedition to Antarctica Became a Fight for Survival; 1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica; Bones, Rocks and Stars: The Science of When Things Happened; and Ice, Mud and Blood: The Science of When Things Happened. With over 2200 scientific papers on environmental change, Chris has received numerous awards for his research including the first International Union for Quaternary Science's Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal for pioneering research into climate change (2007), the Geological Society of London’s Bigsby Medal (2009) and the Australian Academy of Science’s Frederick White Prize (2014).
Chris is passionate about science communication, contributing to The New York Times, The Times and New Scientist, and has an international following on social media as Intrepid Science. He is currently a Professor of Climate Change and Earth Science at the University of New South Wales.
Brendon John Warner
Brendon John Warner is a composer and multi-instrumentalist taking influence from such diverse genres as sound-art, contemporary classical and electronica. A former member of Sydney post-rock group We Lost the Sea, Brendon released his debut solo record ‘La fonte’ in late 2018 which has been described as a sprawling, kaleidoscopic electroacoustic exploration. More recently, Brendon contributed work toward several podcast series and is currently immersed in the process of creating his next full length release.
A/Prof Tracy Ainsworth
Dr Tracy Ainsworth is Scientia Associate Professor, School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences and Deputy Director Research, Center for Marine Science and Innovation where she leads the coral reefs research group at UNSW Sydney. Her team is investigating the impact of environmental change on coral reefs. Tracy previously held fellowships at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reefs Studies. Her team of researchers study coral bleaching and are also working with Parks Australia and NSW Department of Primary Industries to investigate threats to coral reefs within Australia’s subtropical and temperate marine parks. Tracy is founder and presenter of the Deep Blue On My Doorstep podcast, recipient of the 2018 Australian Academy of Science Dorothy Hill Medal and 2011 L’Oréal Women in Science Fellow.
As manager Inspiring Australia NSW, Jackie Randles connects science and technology researchers with diverse organisations to extend the reach and impact of their research knowledge, including through festivals, public programs and by introducing science themes into mainstream cultural and sporting events. Jackie’s work builds widespread awareness of science and technology innovation, including through campaigns like National Science Week and year round collaborative programs.