Robyn Williams

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Celebrate National Science Week at Queensland Museum South Bank.

Meet Queensland Museum scientists as they show specimens and talk about their work. Enjoy a range of fascinating science activities, exhibits, public lectures by journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams, information on careers, plus Free Radical chemistry.

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What I learned from Dr Who: how to invent the future

Unbelievable as it may seem, as a child and growing up, Robyn Williams’ family did not own a car, had no television in the house and computers had never been heard of. When he started the Science Show in 1975 there were no CD’s, DVD’s, mobile phones or laptops – and you certainly couldn’t get money from a hole in the wall!

What has changed and how? Will the future be as different today as an episode of Dr Who, with teleportation, astral travel and life spans of 900 years? Or will we be more concerned about green food, solar power and saving forests? Every day issues?

Robyn Williams will take you in his Tardis to find out.


Audience: School students. Limited seating available for general public.
When: Wed 18 Aug, 12.30pm
Where: Theatre, Level 2. Queensland Museum South Bank.
Cost: Free, places are limited. Bookings essential for all schools and groups. Limited general public seating, no bookings required.
Duration: 45 – 60 mins


The Promise of Miracles: how to survive the 21st century

Robyn Williams first Science Show was broadcast in August 1975 and covered the energy crisis, climate change and the plight of forests. After 35 years, has much really changed?

Robyn will talk about the “overselling” of scientific discoveries; the promise of miracles: telemedicine (or you can’t get into the doctors), spectacular drugs (but you’ll have to wait for 5 years), fusion power (but it may take three decades) and life on Mars (no spaceships – only British cops on TV).

So what has turned out to be for real and what are the genuine near miracles we’ll see?

Don’t miss out on this fascinating and entertaining presentation.


Audience: General public
When: Wed 18 Aug, 6.30pm. Doors open at 5.45pm, light refreshments available.
Where: Theatre, Level 2. Queensland Museum South Bank.
Cost: Free, places are limited. Book through the QTIX website or call 136 246.
Duration: 45 – 60 mins

Arrangements were made through Celebrity Speakers.

Supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week.

National Science Week 2010