Where did life originate? How did the galaxies evolve? How is climate changing? What’s the role of science in our politics? Why should we study STEM? The Australian public put a UNSW-centric panel to the test on Q&A in June.

Dean of Science, Professor Emma Johnston AO was joined by her colleague Professor Martin Van Kranendonk, Director of Australian Centre for Astrobiology at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, on the program. The panel also featured UNSW Science Honours student Kirsten Banks, a proud Wiradjuri woman with a passion for astronomy and a commitment to science communication.

“It’s not often you get an opportunity to engage with the public and lead a conversation about science,” Professor Johnston said. “The night was thought-provoking, and I was honoured to be part of the panel.”

The three from UNSW were joined by host Tony Jones, Professor Brian Cox and Professor David Karoly. Professor Cox is a British particle physicist at the University of Manchester and Royal Society Professor for Public Engagement in Science. Professor Karoly is Leader of the Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub in the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program, based in CSIRO.

You can watch the full episode here.