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The Jury’s Out! Public Debate 1

Monday, August 12, 2013 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Jury's Out!

Annexe Theatre, UTAS Inveresk Campus, Launceston
Monday 12 August, 7pm

Motion: The House moves that art, not science, will save the world.

This event is free of charge.
There will be drinks and finger food provided at the conclusion of the debate.

Doors open at 6.30pm.

This event is now fully subscribed. There are no more seats available.


Polly McGeePolly McGee

Dr Polly McGee is the Corporate Relations Manager for TasRail. She has run her own digital and commercialisation strategy consultancy and has coached more than 100 Tasmanian small businesses in effectively using digital media. Polly straddles the science and art debate as a passionate advocate for innovation and knowledge led economic development.  She is a writer and Chair of Tasmania’s oldest literary magazine, Island, and an active participant in the creative industries.



Prof Roger Fay  Roger Fay

Professor Roger Fay was Head of the School of Architecture at the University of Tasmania from 2000 to 2011. Prior to joining UTAS he was a senior academic at the Deakin University. Roger's research has focussed on design for sustainability and more recently, design for people with dementia.
He has a wide range of industry and academic experience having practiced as an architect in Australia and the UK and taught at RMIT and Deakin University. Roger is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and has a degree in Architecture, a PhD, both from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the Hawthorn Institute of Education.

Geoff Frost
Geoff Frost 
Geoff Frost is a retired Industrial Microbiologist & Biochemical Engineer. Geoff’s career was largely spent as a technical and development manager with the R&D Division of CSL Ltd, Australia’s largest and most internationally successful biopharmaceutical company. He has a special interest in development of large-scale biotechnology processes, ranging from the basic biology all the way through to the engineering of full-scale, state-of-the-art production facilities for biohazard containment. His favourite project was a 1,000 litre processing plant for the deadly tetanus toxin, which forms the starting material for life-saving tetanus vaccines.

Jan Davis Jan Davis

Jan Davis is the Chief Executive Officer at Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, which represents the state’s 3500 farm businesses. Jan has a strong background in the Australian agribusiness sector and in member based organisations and has extensive networks nationally and internationally. As a former consultant in the sector, clients included individuals and state and federal governments.
Jan’s qualifications include a Bachelor degree in Economics; Masters degrees in Agribusiness and Environmental Planning; and Graduate Diplomas in Education, Environmental Studies and Horticulture. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology and the Australian Society of Association Executives.

Lyndon Riggall Lyndon Riggall 

Lyndon Riggall graduated from the University of Tasmania last year with First Class Honours in Creative Writing. He served as the Tasmanian judge for the 2013 awards of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, and represented the state at the 2011 Australian Poetry Slam.
Recently, he performed stories at Dark MOFO, and has been working with the UTas School of Philosophy on an educational video game called Theseus. He can be found on Twitter @lyndonriggall and at his website

Andrew McIndoe Andrew McIndoe

Andrew McIndoe is a very engaged 18 year old Launceston Church Grammar School student.  In his first year of senior debating he was Captain of the Seconds, debated in the Firsts for the Parliamentary shield, and was awarded Colours.
He is a studious young man with a range of interests! He shoots firearms competitively and studies history and economics ‘recreationally’! A self-titled ‘cricket tragic’, Andrew loves cricket and coached the Grade 8 Cricket Team. He also managed Open Football at Grammar and serves as School Chief Whip.
Whilst unclear of the academic direction that he will pursue -  maybe History, Economics, Politics, Law, Media and Communications – Andrew will head to university. He may end up as Government Chief Whip in a Liberal government – but one day hopes to return to Launceston Grammar as a master, perhaps even as Headmaster, and spend his “retirement” teaching.

Professor Dominic Geraghty 
Dom Geraghty
Professor Dom Geraghty graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Pharmacology from the National University of Ireland, University College, Dublin, in 1981, and completed his PhD at Deakin University, Victoria, in 1988. He moved to the University of Tasmania in 1991. Dom is a scientist and believes passionately that science can solve many of the world's big problems. 
Whilst his primary research interest is the basic and clinical pharmacology of capsaicin, the active ingredient of 'hot chilli peppers' and related compounds, he collaborates on projects ranging from sex hormones in fish and the venom of the platypus to immune function in human kidney disease.
He is Head of the UTAS School of Human Life Sciences, Deputy Dean of Graduate Research and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists.
He teaches pharmacology, physiology and/or research methods from 1st year undergraduate to postgraduate diploma level across three Faculties in the University.
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