Michele Conyngham – Writer & Director

Writer, actor and director, Michele has written over 14 plays for adults and children, which have been performed in theatres throughout Australia including Belvoir, Seymour Centre, Troupe and Lamplight Theatre. She has also taught English, French, Music & History in high schools. Working in a production that includes scientists improvising in The Poets Guide to Science is possibly her most exciting project to date.

Dr Phil Dooley – plays Dr Ben Paterson

Phil is a physicist, entertainer, pianist and singer. He’s performed shows in Science shows and festivals around the world including Glasgow, Sydney, and London. By day he’s a science writer for Cosmos Magazine, New Scientist, Australian Geographic and more, and was selected for the 2018 Anthology of Best Australian Science Writing.

Patrick Trumper – plays Cy Tist

Patrick Davies Trumper has performed all over Australia and the UK in a wide variety of plays – from Shakespeare to Stoppard to self-devised theatre. He has also appeared as a guest on many Australian television dramas. Patrick has taught widely in high schools and drama schools and has directed many shows with his students. He has thoroughly enjoyed doing something completely different with The Poet’s Guide to Science.

“Engages the audience in a challenging conversation about some of the most difficult issues at the intersection of science, ethics and policy – but in a fun way that had my primary school daughters buzzing for days afterwards.”

Dr Subho Banerjee, former Science Policy Deputy Secretary, Australian Government

Canberra Scientists

Dr Anne-Sophie Dielen studied genetically modified crops for drought resistance before becoming Director of Policy at CropLife. She also chaired the National Science Week committee for the ACT 2016 – 2018.

Harry Sutton is a 3rd Year PhD student at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, studying how the immune system responds to Plasmodium, the parasite that causes the disease Malaria.

Associate Professor Nerilie Abram is a climate scientist at the Research School of Earth Sciences at the Australian National University. Nerilie is also leading an international team preparing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report into how climate change is altering the world’s oceans and ice.

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