Passion, Power & Politics in Science

Emeritus Professor Ian Chubb AC, Jonathan Drori, Dr. Cassidy Rose Sugimoto and moderated by Professor Joan Leach

Sunday 26 August 2018
2.30PM – 3.30PM
Great Hall
University House, ANU

From keeping passion projects alive to intervening in the decisions that matter, scientists and researchers find themselves striving for public, professional and political attention. This outstanding panel will explore how researchers have impact, how we measure that impact and the role that passion plays for their projects. Our international panel comprises Australia's former Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC; the head of the USNSF's 'Science of Science' program, Dr. Cassidy Rose Sugimoto and a global leader who defines creative strategies for scientific impact, Jonathan Drori. Our moderator is Professor Joan Leach, Director, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU.

Emeritus Professor Ian Chubb AC was Chief Scientist for Australia from May 2011 to January 2016. Prior to that, Professor Chubb was Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University from January 2001 to March 2011; Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University of South Australia for six years and the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Monash University for two years. In 1999 Professor Chubb was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and in 2006 a Companion (AC) in the order for “service to higher education, including research and development policy in the pursuit of advancing the national interest socially, economically, culturally and environmentally, and to the facilitation of a knowledge-based global economy”. Professor Chubb was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 and was the ACT’s Australian of the Year in 2011. He was Awarded the Academy Medal of the Australian Academy of Science in 2016 and elected Fellow of the Academy in 2017.

Jonathan Drori CBE is Chairman of Ravensbourne University London, which focuses on creativity and technology. He is a Trustee of The Internet Watch Foundation and The Eden Project, Fellow of The Linnean Society and author of Around the World in 80 Trees, about plant science, history and folklore. He is Visiting Industrial Professor at Bristol University specialising in science misconceptions. Jon previously spent nine years on the boards of The Woodland Trust and The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Chaired the UK Parliament’s Advisory Council on Public Engagement. Originally a science documentary-maker and editorial director of BBC Online, he is a frequent public-speaker on science, technology and new media, with several TED talks online about seeds, pollen and the sex-life of flowers.
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Dr. Cassidy Rose Sugimoto researches within the domain of scholarly communication and scientometrics, examining the formal and informal ways in which knowledge producers consume and disseminate scholarship. She has co-edited two volumes and has published 50 journal articles on this topic. Her work has been presented at numerous conferences and has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the Sloan Foundation, among other agencies. Sugimoto is actively involved in teaching and service and has been rewarded in these areas with an Indiana University Trustees Teaching award (2014) and a national service award from the Association for Information Science and Technology (2009). Sugimoto has an undergraduate degree in music performance, an M.S. in library science, and a Ph.D. in information and library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Professor Joan Leach is Director of the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science at The Australian National University.  She is President of Australian Science Communicators and Chair of the National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science at the Australian Academy of Science. Her research centres on public engagement with science, medicine and technology and she has been active in the Australian government's recent initiatives toward ‘Inspiring Australia’. She is currently researching the role of popular science in the globalization of science since the 1960s, a project funded by the Australian Research Council. She has published extensively about science communication, including Rhetorical Questions of Health and Medicine, and was editor of the International journal, Social Epistemology.