Enlightenment and Education
RMIT Transforming the Future Lecture
Wednesday 28th September, 2011
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Storey Hall, RMIT University
342 Swanston St, Melbourne
How can the internet help communicate science, make sense of scientific methodology and lead to more informed public debate? Hear Nobel Laureate Sir Harold Kroto on the crucial issues of science, education and the public sphere in a free public lecture as part the RMIT Transforming the Future lecture series on Wednesday 28 September.
Professor Kroto will discuss his views on the importance of scientific knowledge and education, and how both are vital to better informing public debate around issues such as climate change.
This event is FREE but registration is essential
Sir Harold Kroto – Nobel laureate
In 1996 Sir Harold Kroto was knighted for his contributions to chemistry and later that year, along with Robert Curl and Richard Smalley, was awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for their discovery of the C60 molecule, Buckminsterfullerne, the first molecule composed entirely of carbon. Professor Kroto has created the Vega Science Trust, which streams science programs, and more recently he set up Global Educational Outreach for SET (GEOSET), enabling educators across the world to contribute and access a free cache of teaching material around science, engineering and technology. From 2002-2004 he served as President of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Sir Harold is on faculty at Florida State University, which he joined in 2004; prior to that he spent a large part of his working career at the University of Sussex where he holds an emeritus professorship. He presently carries out research in nanoscience and nanotechnology.