What it means to be a scientist in today's world

Date & time: 6–7.30pm 10 August 2017, AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Location: Leonard Huxley Theatre
Speakers: Dr Sophie Lewis

Contemporary scientific practice is much more diverse than it used to be and has changed a lot. Society has expectations of science and scientists but these expectations change over time. They may also be different for highly politicised disciplines like climate science.

Dr Sophie Lewis, author of the new book "A Changing Climate for Science", will argue that scientists collectively have responsibilities to be transparent and to communicate broadly. But traditional scientific values of objectivity and falsifiability aren't necessarily the most important aspects of modern scientific practice.

These and other themes will be discussed in Sophie's presentation, followed by what promises to be lively panel discussion & audience Q&A.

Moderator: Professor Mark Howden, Director of ANU Climate Change Institute


  • Dr Roslyn Prinsley
  • Dr Will Grant, National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, ANU
  • Dr Anne-Sophie Dielen, Office of the Gene Technology Regulator

About the speaker

Dr Sophie Lewis is a climate scientist interested in understanding climate change and variability in the past, present and future. She's currently a Research Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment & Society, ANU, whose research is focussed on investigating the contributions of human and natural influences to recent extreme climate events in Australia, such as heatwaves and floods.



Clare de Castella

Email: clare.decastella@anu.edu.au