For many people, views and beliefs on the environment are more emotional than scientific. Delivering the keynote address at Melbourne's first ever Festival of Ideas, hosted by Melbourne University, Nobel laureate Professor Peter Doherty argued that whatever you believe about climate change and global warming, you need to educate yourself on the science behind it.
In an entertaining talk, which covers history, culture and denial, Professor Doherty ensures that science is at the center of the debate.
Born in the Pacific Islands, 23 year old singer/ songwriter Lia Avene began performing in primary school, and has since mounted her solo career on her keen talent for writing and performing her own material. Lia is an organic, vibrant and outgoing artist blending an angelic voice and soulful guitar accompaniment.
Lia's style is a fusion of folk and soul with a hint of jazz. Her eclectic style stems from the various bands and groups she has worked with. From a 30 piece swing band to a 7 piece Celtic rock ensemble to an Indonesian pop group, Lia has certainly experimented with many different styles of music.
As for experience, Lia has made many appearances at the Queenscliff Music Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival and many other venues, festivals and functions in and around Melbourne. She has also toured Queensland and Indonesia with different groups. A winner of the Young Performers Competition as well as the Young Songwriters Competition at the Apollo Bay Music Festival she has proven a talent and understanding of music beyond her years.
In 2006, Lia moved to London to record her debut album with independent record label Eskay Records Ltd.
Alex Chernov is an Australian jurist. Mr Chernov became a barrister in 1968, practicing mostly in commercial and administrative law. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1980. In 1997 he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria, and in 1998 to the Court of Appeal, replacing Justice Susan Kenny. He is the Chancellor of the University of Melbourne.
Professor Glyn Davis became Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Melbourne on 10 January 2005. As Vice-Chancellor Professor Davis is Chief Executive Officer of the University exercising general superintendence over the educational and administrative affairs of the University. Professor Davis was previously Vice-Chancellor of Griffith University in Queensland and has served as the most senior Queensland public servant.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with first-class honours in political science from the University of New South Wales and was awarded his Doctorate of Philosophy from the Australian National University for a thesis entitled 'The Political Independence of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation'.
Peter C. Doherty
Peter Doherty was the co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with his Swiss colleague, Rolf Zinkernagel. The award was in acknowledgment of their discovery of how the immune system recognizes virus-infected cells.
Originally trained as a vet, Professor Doherty spent 14 years as head of the Department of Immunology at St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. He is now the Laureate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne.
Peter C. Doherty, co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, lists short-term solutions to curb climate change. Reducing the carbon load by eliminating the use of coal, he says, would make a dramatic difference in the equation.