Dr Karl Kruszelnicki will be at Woodford Folk Festival.
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki will be at Woodford Folk Festival.

Dr Karl is coming to Woodford Folk Festival

POPULAR science commentator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is teaming up with researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast to deliver some lively discussions about life's big questions at this year's Woodford Folk Festival.

Dr Karl, who received an Honorary Doctorate from USC in February, will lead the Dark Matters and Smashing Ideas series in the GREENhouse at Woodford from December 28 to January 1.

These panel presentations will dig deep into some of our most pressing social issues, from climate change to health and sustainable agriculture, in a format that is designed to challenge, educate and inspire change.

Panelists will consider questions like: Are warming oceans bad for coastal populations but good for the planet? What do we do when antibiotics stop working? Is coffee production bad for society? And was Captain Kirk right about time travel?

Seniors Newspaper Group Editor Gail Forrer will be at Woodford Folk Festival reporting live on all of the happenings, including Dr Karl's presentations. You will find all of Gail's reports here on www.seniorsnews.com.au.

The USC experts will share their research findings at the following four presentations:

Good Reef! - Wednesday, December 28, 11am 

Coastal geographer Dr Javier Leon and sustainable tourism expert Dr Gayle Mayes will join Dr Karl to take an honest look at what is needed to save the Great Barrier Reef - and what is likely to happen if we don't save it. They will consider how climate change will impact tourism, public policy, the economy and biodiversity.

Back from the Future: the End of Antibiotics - Friday 30 December, 11am

Dr Karl, microbiologist Dr David McMillan and nursing researcher Dr Julie Hanson will discuss the challenges of a post-antibiotic world. They will look at whether new antibiotics can be developed, what pharmaceutical companies are doing to combat antibiotic resistance, and what can be done to increase the community's health literacy around infectious diseases.

Primed for Time Travel - Saturday, December 31, 11am

Dr Karl will be joined by engineer Dr Helen Fairweather and psychologist Dr Rachael Sharman to discuss the mechanics of time travel and the potential perils of thinking you can outsmart the past. They will ponder the age-old question of whether a trip back in time would change the course of human history.

Coffee and Cocaine - Sunday, January 1, 11am

Dr Karl, political scientist Bronwyn Stevens and community development expert Dr Lila Singh-Petersen will explore the future of agriculture through some of the world's most heavily trafficked commodities: coffee and cocaine. They will explain the links between free trade, public policy and food security, and focus on how the West influences agricultural production in developing nations.

The Woodford Folk Festival will run from December 27 to January 1. More details are at: woodfordfolkfestival.com

Seniors Newspaper Group Editor Gail Forrer will be at Woodford Folk Festival reporting live on all of the happenings, including Dr Karl's presentations. You will find all of Gail's reports here on www.seniorsnews.com.au.


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