Defining Moments Panel Discussion

When 10 Oct, 2018 5:00pm — 6:30pm Where National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Website
Penicillin to Wi-fi and Beyond: How Australia shapes the world
Thursday 27 September, 5–6.30pm

Australia is a continent of creators – firestick farming, cochlear implants, Federation wheat, penicillin, wi-fi and spray-on skin are just some of the Australian inventions to have had a global impact. What are the challenges and opportunities that will inspire Australian innovators in the 21st century?

Join ABC RN’s Big Ideas presenter Paul Barclay in conversation with our expert panel as they discuss Australia’s inventive past and imagine its innovative future.

The panel features Professor Michelle Simmons, quantum physicist and 2018 Australian of the Year; Professor Genevieve Bell, cultural anthropologist, technologist and futurist; Dr Rod Lamberts, Deputy Director of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science; and Geoff McNamara, recipient of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching.

This event is part of the Defining Moments in Australian history project.
Developed in collaboration ABC Radio National.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Friends
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia
For more information about this event, call 02 6208 5020 or visit

How to get there

Lawson Cres, Acton ACT 2601, Australia