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Panel discussion

Penicillin to Wi-fi and Beyond: How Australia shapes the world

Wednesday 10 October 2018 | 5–6.30pm 
$15 adult | $10 concession | $7.50 Friends (plus booking fees)
Visions Theatre

Australia is a continent of creators – firestick farming, cochlear implants, Federation wheat, penicillin, wi-fi and spray-on skin are just some of the Australian inventions to have had a global impact. What are the challenges and opportunities that will inspire Australian innovators in the 21st century?

Join ABC RN’s Big Ideas presenter Paul Barclay as he discusses Australia’s inventive past and imagines its innovative future with our expert panel:

  • Headshot of a female
    Michelle Simmons
  • A headshot of a female
    Genevieve Bell
  • Headshot of a male
    Rod Lamberts
  • Headshot of a male
    Geoff McNamara
  • Portrait of a man
    Paul Barclay

More on the wi-fi and penicillin defining moments

This panel is part of Defining Moments in Australian History, which aims to stimulate discussion about events that have profound significance to Australian people.

Developed in collaboration with ABC Radio National

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