Surviving the 21st Century

Julian Cribb In Conversation with Emeritus Professor Bob Douglas AO

Saturday 25 August 2018
1.00PM – 2.00PM
Conference Room
National Library of Australia

The ten greatest challenges facing humanity today are outlined in lurid detail in Surviving the 21st Century and questions how our planet can survive into the future. In this compelling and insightful discourse, Cribb calls on the latest and best science to assess the risks facing mankind. He outlines possible solutions to tackle everything from pandemic disease to climate change and resource depletion. In conversation with Emeritus Professor Bob Douglas, from the ANU’s Research School of Population Health.

Julian Cribb is an Australian author and science communicator. He is principal of Julian Cribb & Associates who provide specialist consultancy in the communication of science, agriculture, food, mining, energy and the environment. He is a Fellow of the British Royal Society for the Arts, the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE) and the Australian National University Emeritus Faculty. His career includes appointments as newspaper editor, scientific editor for The Australian newspaper, director of national awareness for CSIRO, member of numerous scientific boards and advisory panels, and president of national professional bodies for agricultural journalism and science communication. His published work includes over 8000 articles, 3000 science media releases and ten books.

Emeritus Professor Bob Douglas AO is a Visiting Fellow at ANU and a former Director of its National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. He is a Director of Australia 21 and editor of its recent volumes of essays on "Placing Global  Change on the Australian election agenda", "Refugees and asylum seekers: Finding a better way" and "Who speaks for and protects the public interest in Australia?". Douglas has recently led projects on Australian readiness for global change, illicit drugs and assisted death, inequality and asylum seeker policy.  He currently leads the 2020 Vision Project, which is working with ACT Schools to run a 2015 Parliament on Climate Change. Bob was a finalist for the ACT Australian of the Year for 2007 and in October 2008 shared the ACT Conservation Council’s Supreme Green Hero award. In April 2011, he was named the ACT Environmental Volunteer of the Year.