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Future Shocks

25 May 2023
5.00pm – 6.00pm AEST
Track 8, Carriageworks
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Joëlle Gergis | Norman Swan | Toby Walsh | Julianne Schultz

Floods. Fires. Plague. We’ve seen them all in the past few years, fuelling a renewed sense of an unpredictable world. Add to this the galloping pace of technological change (Chat GPT anyone?) and it is easy to feel overwhelmed. What shocks lie ahead? And what kind of resilience do we need to build to ensure we are prepared? Join three thinkers about climate change, health and technology to look over the horizon and explore what is to come. Joëlle Gergis, Norman Swan, and Toby Walsh appear with Julianne Schultz.

This event is presented by the Sydney Writers' Festival and supported by UNSW Sydney. 
 



UNSW SYDNEY X SYDNEY WRITERS' FESTIVAL

UNSW Sydney is the exclusive university sponsor and proud Premier Partner of the Sydney Writers’ Festival. Featuring UNSW academics and researchers on Sydney Writers’ Festival stages, and events at the UNSW Kensington Campus, this partnership brings together a shared vision of creativity, curiosity and thought leadership. 
 



TICKETS & VENUE INFORMATION

Adult – $25*
Concession – $15*
*Plus booking fees

This event will take place live at Carriageworks. For all venue and visitor safety information, please visit Sydney Writers' Festival.
 



ACCESS

Wheelchair Access
All Festival venues are accessible and have wheelchair and level access. To book accessible seats for events at Carriageworks, please contact the Sydney Writers' Festival Box Office on (02) 9256 4200 or email ticketing@swf.org.au

Accessible Parking
Accessible parking is available at Carriageworks. Please call (02) 8571 9099 for Carriageworks parking information.
 



PUBLIC TRANSPORT & PARKING

Carriageworks is located at 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh. This is a 10-minute walk from Redfern Station, City Road bus stops and Macdonaldtown Station. Catching public transport is strongly recommended as residential parking in the area is strictly limited, and the Sydney Writers' Festival offers a shuttle bus services from Redfern Station at selected times. For more information on transport, visit swf.org.au or visit transportnsw.info,
 


 



CONTACT 

Sydney Writers' Festival
For all event enquiries, please call the Sydney Writers' Festival on 02 9256 4200 or email ticketing@swf.org.au.

UNSW Centre for Ideas
For all other enquiries, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email 
centreforideas@unsw.edu.au

National Relay Service
The Centre for Ideas and Sydney Writers' Festival are happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for the applicable organisations phone number (listed above). Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for applicable organisations phone number (listed above). Internet relay users, visit relayservice.gov.au, then ask for applicable organisations phone number (listed above). 

Speakers
Joelle

Joëlle Gergis

Dr Joëlle Gergis is an award-winning climate scientist and writer at the Australian National University. She served as a lead author for the United Nations' IPCC Sixth Assessment Report and is the author of Sunburnt Country: The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia. Joëlle has also contributed chapters to Greta Thunberg's The Climate Book, and Not Too Late edited by Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua. Her latest book is Humanity's Moment: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope. 

Norman Swan

Norman Swan

Norman hosts ABC RN's Health Report and co-hosts Coronacast, a podcast on the coronavirus. Norman is a reporter and commentator on the ABC's 7.30, Midday, News Breakfast and Four Corners and a guest host on RN Breakfast. He is a past Gold Walkley winner and has won other Walkleys including one in 2020. Norman has been awarded an AM, the medal of the Australian Academy of Science, a Fellowship of the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and an honorary MD from the University of Sydney. His book, So You Think You Know What's Good For You? was a bestseller and his latest book So You Want To Live Younger Longer? has also been on the bestseller list. Norman trained in medicine and paediatrics in Aberdeen, London and Sydney before joining the ABC. 

Toby Walsh

Toby Walsh

Toby Walsh is Chief Scientist of UNSW's new AI Institute. He is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI improves our lives, having spoken at the UN, and to heads of state, parliamentary bodies, company boards and many others on this topic. This advocacy has led to him being ‘banned indefinitely’ from Russia. He was named on the international ‘Who's Who in AI’ list of influencers. His most recent book is Machines Behaving Badly: the morality of AI.

Julianne

Julianne Schultz

Julianne Schultz AM FAHA is the author of The Idea of Australia: A search for the soul of the nation. She is an Emeritus Professor of Media and Culture at Griffith University, where she was the founding editor of Griffith Review

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