The Science Show turns 40

3 September
Robyn Williams talks to students involved in veski inspiring students (& teachers) program
Robyn Williams talks to students involved in veski inspiring students (& teachers) program

In August 1975 The Science Show on ABC radio was born, and has been broadcast every week since. 

With more than 2,000 shows to its name, The Science Show has explored scientific issues, encouraged debates, supported national and international events, profiled personalities, exposed scientific fraud, highlighted discoveries and delivered its share of broadcasting pranks.

Well before the Internet invaded our homes or 3D printing was even imagined, Robyn Williams became the first presenter. Forty years later he remains a constant.

No other science broadcaster (or even many in any other field) has the breadth and depth of experience that Robyn has. His gentle corrections or expansions on interviewee's comments are well received and keep the content clear and concise.

From Einstein’s Theory to why it is that women shiver in the office, Williams has presented a show to an audience thirsty for information.

Providing some of this information over the years have been members of the veski family who have featured on The Science Show several times. Robyn Williams has also helped veski encourage the next generation of Victorian scientists through our inspiring students (& teachers) program.

Before he became chair, Snow Barlow appeared on a 1998 episode discussing the controversial topic of Greenhouse Gas omission

In 2013, veski innovation fellow Tiffany Walsh had the opportunity to delve into her field of bionanotechnology and discuss natural materials being copied into synthetics with Robyn

In 2009, obesity researcher and veski innovation fellow Michael Cowley was on the show to discuss his research and his acceptance of one of the prestigious Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

And several times since his return to Australia as the inaugural veski innovation fellow, Andrew Holmes has featured on the program to talk about his discoveries and awards. His evolving research shows amazing potential for the future of energy.

As well as promoting the current generation of scientists, Robyn Williams and The Science Show team have been active supporters of the next generation of Australian science. Among his many guests, Robyn made time to speak with school students involved in the veski inspiring students (& teachers) program and interviewed by the show about their experiences with the program.

Happy Birthday to everyone at The Science Show. Here’s to another 40 years of science discussion.

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