2011 Convention program released

Australian Skeptics National Convention 2011
Australian Museum, 19 November 2011

Program

9:30 – 9:40 Opening

9:40 – 10:25 Plastic surgery – shonks, odd devices and dodgy marketing
Dr Cholm Williams, plastic surgeon – http://www.plasty.net

10:25 – 11:10 Topic tbc
Dr Rachael Dunlop, researcher and science communicator – Skeptics Book of Pooh-Pooh – http://scepticsbook.com/

11:10 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 12:15 Conservation, complexity and evidence-based approaches to saving species
David Salt, science author and editor

12:15 – 13:00 The dumbing down of science journalism
Peter Hadfield, science journalist and broadcaster – http://www.youtube.com/user/potholer54

13:00 -13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 14:00 Australian Skeptics Awards

14:00- 15:30 Panel – Regulating medical claims
Dr Rohan Hammett, National manager of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) – http://www.tga.gov.au/
Marcus Bezzi, Executive general manager of Enforcement and Compliance Division, ACCC – http://www.accc.gov.au
Dr Ken Harvey, Adjunct senior lecturer in the School of Public Health, La Trobe University, and public health advocate
Moderator: Christopher Zinn, CHOICE Director Campaigns and Communications – http://www.choice.com.au

15:30 – 16:00 Break

16:00 – 16:45 Reason Australia
Dr Meredith Doig, President of the Rationalist Society of Australia and Chairwoman of Reason Australia –
http://www.reasonaustralia.org/

16:45- 17:30 Science and skepticism (recorded talk)
Prof Peter Doherty, Professor of Immunology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology,
University of Melbourne and Nobel Laureate

17:30 – 18:15 Presenting science
Karen Player, Coordinator, Australian Museum Learning Services – http://australianmuseum.net.au/

18:15 – 18:30 Closing

19:30 – 22:00 Convention Dinner – Unbelievable
Lawrence Leung, Skeptic, comedian and paranormal investigator