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Dr Karl talks all things science at Bundaberg event

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Dr Karl will be presenting at the upcoming Hinkler Innovation Series in Bundaberg. Photo: Instagram


Since ticket sales were launched for this event Bundaberg Regional Council has been advised that, due to the COVID-19 Queensland border restrictions, keynote speaker Dr Karl Kruszelnicki will need to deliver his presentation via live-stream.

While he is no longer able to attend in person, Dr Karl will still deliver the same presentation virtually and audience members will have the opportunity to ask him questions live.

For any questions in regards to ticketing and attendance please contact moncrieff@bundaberg.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 4130 4100.


Australian scientist and popular radio and television personality Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is headed to the Bundaberg Region to talk all things Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at the next Hinkler Innovation Series.

The theme for this year's event will be ‘From STEM to Space’.

In addition to hearing from Dr Karl it's an opportunity to celebrate the winners of the prestigious Hinkler Innovation Award and Junior Hinkler Innovation Award while delving into what opportunities lay ahead for the region.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is the man with the answers when it comes to science and technology and is known for his infectious enthusiasm while presenting.

As well as appearing on regular television and radio segments throughout his career, including for the ABC and Triple J, Dr Karl is an established author of 47 books.

He was honoured with the prestigious Ig Nobel Prize awarded by Harvard University for his ground-breaking research into “Belly button lint and why it is almost always blue”.

Dr Karl will address local audiences when he speaks at the Hinkler Innovation Series in December and said it wouldn't be the first time he had visited the region.

In fact, Dr Karl is a big fan of aviation pioneer Bert Hinkler and even featured a segment explaining the science of flight as part of the Hinkler Hall of Aviation in Bundaberg in 2011.

“I have visited Bundaberg about half a dozen times, I'm looking forward to visiting the museum when I am back” he said.

Having experienced a successful career as a science communicator, Dr Karl said there were many things he loved about his role.

“During the Hinkler Innovation Series visit I will be discussing topics including space, Bundy, the possible economic future of the region and plenty of optimistic messages of good hope,” he said.

“What I love most is talking with the audience, especially the younger ones under 10 years old.

“The advice I like to give the younger generation who have a keen interest in science or STEM overall is to get as broad and general an education as possible.”

The eighth Hinkler Innovation Series will be held on Thursday, 2 December from 6.30am to 9am at the Bundaberg Multiplex on 1 Civic Avenue.

Hinkler Innovation is a Bundaberg community-led collaboration to support, recognise, and foster Australian entrepreneurs.

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Dr Michael Cowley of QUT will also be speaking at the Hinkler Innovation Series.

Also speaking at the event is Dr Michael Cowley, QUT's Astrophysics Teaching and Research Associate.

Dr Cowley is responsible for coordinating the university's Astrophysics Minor and Astrophysics Research Group.

He completed his PhD at Macquarie University and the Australian Astronomical Observatory, where he researched the evolutionary impact of supermassive black holes on their host galaxies.

He is also a lecturer and Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland, a science liaison for CSIRO's Scientists in Schools program, and a steering committee member for the ASA's Education and Public Outreach Chapter.

Tickets to the Hinkler Innovation Series cost $45 and include breakfast.

Find out more here.



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