Why we need to be funding pure science and large, high risk projects.
Science is advancing, but there is a problem: not all of it can be monetised. Sciences like epidemiology and theoretical physics, while highly important to modern society, need external funding as there is no chance for monetisation. After an introduction to some of the successes of science funding in Australia, we'll be talking about intellectual property, the role of science in the checks and balances of government, and superprojects like fusion power research and an Australian space program. Come along to meet the Science Party, biohackers who do homebrew biotechnology research and transhumanists who are interested in the changing nature of the human form in the context of technology. A Q&A session with presenters will follow.