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The Science of Living Well in Footscray

  • The Line 2 Yewers Street Footscray, VIC, 3011 Australia (map)

Take a witty, irreverent look at living in Footscray through scientists’ eyes in this timely discussion.

Dr Shane Huntington from Triple R’s Einstein A Go Go program will lead an intriguing conversation with a panel of academics to explore local problems brought about by the rapid change that Footscray is experiencing.

Includes a complimentary drink and slice of pizza

About the panel

Dr Shane Huntington

Dr Huntington is the Host and Producer of 3RRR’s science program Einstein A Go Go – a show he has been broadcasting for 26 years. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH) - a collaboration between 10 hospitals, 7 medical research institutes and the University of Melbourne and he is the Deputy Director of Strategy and Projects in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne. He is also the Founder and Director of The Innovation Group Pty Ltd. 

As a radio host he has interviewed thousands of scientists and explained hundreds of scientific concepts to the public. Between 2007 and 2014 he was the Science and Engineering host of Melbourne University’s Upclose podcasting program. The program is archived by the national library and is downloaded globally more than 35,000 times a month, over 1 Million times in total. Shane recorded more than 100 episodes. Shane has trained thousands of researchers to communicate their work effectively to a variety of audiences.

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Bruce Mountain

Bruce is the inaugural Director of the Victoria Energy Policy Centre. He is a well-known Australian energy economist whose research and advisory work has focussed on the economic regulation of network monopolies, the analysis of retail energy markets, and the design of emission reduction and renewable energy policies. 

Bruce has been a long standing advisor to governments, regulators, market participants and interest groups in Australia and internationally. His PhD from Victoria University was on the political economy of energy regulation in Australia, and he has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in England.

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Dr Michaela Pascoe

Michaela is a researcher in the field of stress, inflammation, wellbeing and mental health and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Victoria University.

She has drawn attention to the impact of stress on mental health and cognitive outcomes, and the mediating influence of non-pharmacological stress mediating interventions, such as diet, exercise and mindfulness on these outcomes. She has researched the impact of stress both in the context of chronic illness, and young people in Australia experiencing chronic, normative stress related to their academic demands.

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Ruwangi Fernando

Born in Sri Lanka, Ruwangi has travelled the world to build up an impressive academic record. She has a Master's Degree in Strategic IT Management from the University of Wolverhampton (UK) and Human Resources Management from University of Colombo, and is currently pursuing her PhD in the College of Engineering and Science at Victoria University.

Ruwangi recognises the challenges facing females in the traditionally male-orientated domain of science and engineering and is on a mission to help her peers achieve professional and personal success.

Thanks to a grant from VU’s Student Experience Initiative, the Ruwangi has founded VU STEM Sisters to attract, support and celebrate female graduate researchers undertaking science engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) research at VU.

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Jonathan Shearer

Jonathan Shearer is the General Manager of Scienceworks Museum in Spotswood. He has built his career around enquiry-based STEM learning, both in- and outside the classroom, always willing to share his enthusiasm to explore and tinker. He has worked in museums both here in Australia and in the US, and has also been a Primary School teacher in Melbourne’s inner north.

Now he leads the transformation of Scienceworks into a museum for the future, where people can come and explore how they can use science and technology to improve their life, community and planet.

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