The 21st Century: How much water, how many people?

Water Wars: the geopolitics of water

This panel session was recorded for broadcast on ABC Radio National Late Night Live.

Mad Cows, GMOs and Food Cultures: Sustainability and Food Security in the context of globalisation.

New technology, new visions

New technology can be disruptive, enabling or, more likely, both. Here, leading technological innovators discuss the use of drones for research and exploration.

Ageing well

What do we really want?
Most of us will get old; we may well become frail and socially isolated. But many will live long productive lives. So what do we want as we age? Lifestyle? Health? Community? Income? Who decides? Who should decide?

Links in the blockchain

Blockchain technology is a whole new way of transacting the transfer of information. What will be the specific impacts of blockchain technologies on different fields such as education, health care, government and the commercial world?

Communications collections and cultures

Cultural institutions such as museums and galleries are both repositories and exhibitors of our cultural heritage. They are also hotbeds of active research and immensely popular attractions. But how should they operate in a future with changing cultural and economic values? How will our institutions be valued by the next generation, steeped in digital experience?

The future is workless

A world without work as we know it could be a good thing. The landscape of work is changing, from the new share economy to automated vehicles, 3D printing and advanced AI. What will we do when robots take our jobs? The era of full-time work is ending and we have to stop holding out the false promise that jobs will reappear. So what does our future in the brave new world of non-work look like?

This session was originally scheduled in the program for 5.15pm on Saturday 22 October in the Heizel Room; rescheduled during the Festival.

New lives for older people

With people living longer than ever before, what are the opportunities and challenges as we age in the 21st century?

Has Global Warming Melted Our Brains?

Why do some people deny the science of climate change? How do the scientists get their message out to such people? How does the way information is packaged affect the way we respond to it? Our relations with each other and the environment are inherently messy. We cannot solve our problems without engaging as many people as possible, regardless of their opinions. One of the world’s best science communicators gives us some clues in how to do this and make progress for everyone’s benefit.