What does it mean to be a scientist in today's world?

Scientists in action. Image Credit: Chase Mclean

Date & time

6–7.30pm 10 August 2017


ANU Law Lecture Theatre, College of Law, 5 Fellows Road, Acton, ACT, 2601


Dr Sophie Lewis


 Clare de Castella
 02 6125 0633

Contemporary scientific practice is much more diverse than it used to be and more change seems likely. Society has expectations of science and scientists but these expectations change over time too. They may also be different for highly politicised disciplines like climate science.

Dr Sophie Lewis, author of the new book "A Changing Climate for Science", will argue that scientists collectively have responsibilities to be transparent and to communicate broadly. She will also suggest that traditional scientific values of objectivity and falsifiability aren't necessarily the most important aspects of modern scientific practice.

These and other themes will be discussed in Sophie's presentation, followed by what promises to be lively panel discussion & audience Q&A, with drinks and light refreshments after the event.

Moderator: Professor Mark Howden, Director of ANU Climate Change Institute


  • Dr Roslyn Prinsley
  • Dr Will Grant, National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, ANU
  • Dr Anne-Sophie Dielen, Office of the Gene Technology Regulator


About the speaker

Dr Sophie Lewis is a climate scientist interested in understanding climate change and variability in the past, present and future. She's currently a Research Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment & Society, ANU, whose research is focussed on investigating the contributions of human and natural influences to recent extreme climate events in Australia, such as heatwaves and floods.


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