Gretchen is an astrogeologist who studies meteorites to reveal the secrets of the evolution of the solar system. She’s always been a fan of the stars and space from the time her mother pointed out that there was a person on the moon (the first moon landing) when she was just one year old.
Josh Richards is a physicist, comedian, and former soldier. He’s trying to add astronaut to that list at the moment too, as one of a 100 people short-listed worldwide to colonise Mars in 2027 with the Mars One project.
Rocky is a planetarium presenter and freelance science writer. He has a linguistics degree, which is exactly as useful as it sounds. He’s just finished a Masters thesis on whether or not astronauts should name their space plants, and he owns more novelty t-shirts than he knows what to do with.
Lisa is in the final year of her PhD in obstetrics & gynaecology at UWA. She loves nothing more than yammering on about science to her partner, her friends, her students, and, really, anyone else who will listen.
Nicholas J. Johnson is an author, a magician and collector of scams. He exposes tricks and inspires audiences to think critically and never be swindled again. After two decades entertaining and educating audiences, He’s realised there is much we can learn about persuasion, deception and influence from the world of the professional swindler. Just don’t trust him with a deck of cards.
Tomas is neurologist and a biostatistician. He is based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of Melbourne. His scientific passion is observational data, databases and statistics applied to clinically relevant problems. He has founded a Clinical Outcomes Research Unit, whose purpose is to bring neurology and statistics together. Tomas is a fan of baroque and as a teenager, had a poster of Bach above his bed.
Rangi De Silva is Melbourne-based doctor who is currently training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Victoria. A self-confessed science and comic book-nerd, she started her university studies with a degree in Science and then finally decided she liked people even more so she went on to study graduate Medicine. Being passionate about global health, she's worked in Uganda, Sri Lanka and remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and is looking forward to a volunteer placement in...
Associate Professor David Beattie is a chemist, working at the newly established Future Industries Institute at the University of South Australia. He spends his time trying to juggle the demands of curiosity-driven research and industry-engaged research.
Professor Lyn Beazley is one of Western Australia’s leading scientists and science communicators. She is the former Chief Scientist of Western Australia, who also has a history in founding Dolphin Watch.
At 10 years of age, Mark Harvey wrote to the Serengeti National Park to ask for a job, which says something about the career that was to follow. Dr Mark Harvey is the Senior Curator of Arachnology (or man who is in charge of creepy crawlies) at the WA Museum. His major passion is in the study of pseudoscorpions.
Hannah is a scientist with a not-so-secret past life in the fashion and arts industry. Now she's doing a PhD in ecology, researching how really severe fires affect our WA ecosystems - focusing on a small and threatened population of mainland quokkas.
Dr Emma Moloney is a Consultant Anaesthetist based in Melbourne. She completed medical school in Brisbane and went on to specialise in Anaesthesia. She moved to Melbourne to complete a fellowship in Trauma Anaesthesia, and 4 years later is still here. A physiologist at heart, Emma loves doing all sorts of surgeries where she can use different drugs to tinker with people’s physiology. She has recently returned from a stint in London, where she both worked and travelled hard. When not...
Part time scientist, part time climate activis, Nathan is currently working in atmospheric modelling and data assimilation at The Bureau of Meteorology. Over the winter he was personally the third highest user of Australia's largest supercomputer at the the National Computational Infrastructure Centre in Canberra He is also a volunteer facilitator at Climate for Change. Trying to change the conversation around climate change, one DNM at a time. At a previous job he worked as a travelling...
Phoebe is a PhD student from RMIT University studying the effects of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and plastic in Antarctic seabirds. She just completed her first Antarctic field season last summer and is slightly obsessed with anything polar.
After planting, pruning, picking, plunging, pumping, pressing, packing, pouring and promoting everything to do with wine, Luke wrote silly short stories for the stage. He's now a student of psychological sciences, and so Luke is combining a past life with a current interest to talk about Dom Perignon and the production of Champagne.
Gary Hime completed his PhD at the University of Adelaide before working as a research scientist at Stanford University and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne where his work is focussed on understanding the genetic regulation of stem cells in development and disease.
Clare Hampson is the creator of award-winning fringe festival live art piece A Window in Mime and has written and performed in comedic plays and sketch comedy shows in the Melbourne fringe and comedy festivals. She script advises for the ABC TV Show The Dr Blake Mysteries and is a long time supporter of Laborastory: she actually came up with the name The Laborastory, and performed at the very first show in 2013. She is a doctor who has trained in anatomical and forensic pathology and now...
William Bevens completed a Masters of Biomedical Science in 2016 at University of Melbourne, investigating proteins within the placenta and their links to preeclampsia. He has worked at the Office of Adam Bandt helping develop Science and Research policies and helped organise the March for Science. William now works as a research assistant at the School of Population and Global Health at The University of Melbourne.