Adelaide Festival of Ideas Announces Dedication, Keynote and Nobel Laureate for 2011 Program


The 2011 Adelaide Festival of Ideas (7-9 October) today revealed three more highlights, announcing its festival dedication, keynote speaker and the return of a Nobel laureate to the event.

The three-day event, held in Adelaide this year from 7 to 9 October, will be dedicated to one of South Australia’s greatest environmentalists and science education advocates,Barbara Hardy. It will also feature physicist, astronomer and former Chief Scientist for Australia, Penny Sackett the keynote speaker.

Joining them on the opening day of Australia’s first and longest running festival of ideas is Nobel Laureate and former Australian of the Year, Peter Doherty in a panel discussion chaired by long time festival patron, Phillip Adams.

Advisory Panel Chair, Associate Professor Robert Phiddian said he was delighted to kick-off the most expansive and innovative program in the Adelaide Festival of Ideas’ 13 year history with three giants in their respective fields.

“Barbara Hardy’s contribution to environmental conservation and science education is unrivalled in South Australia so we’re deeply honoured to have her accept the 2011 Adelaide Festival of Ideas dedication,” Mr Phiddian said.

“And there are few more qualified to deliver a keynote address about our festival’s theme of planning for uncertainty than Penny Sackett.

“Her leading roles championing science, research and the standing of scientific evidence in the community and government have shaped Australia’s science, technology and innovation future.”

Executive Producer Sandy Verschoor said, “We’re also equally thrilled to welcome Peter Doherty back to speak again.

“He’s truly a national treasure in the field of scientific research and his session about the future of infectious diseases will be fascinating,” Ms Verschoor said.

Peter Doherty, Penny Sackett and Barbara Hardy join already announced speakers, Ted Nordhaus, Michael Shellenberger, Paul Ormerod, Sarah Joseph and Brian Boyd for the biennial event that attracts around 35,000 attendances.

The full line-up of over 65 fascinating and distinguished international and local speakers will be revealed on 16 August with a full program of session times, topics and special events to be announced on 26 August.

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