Dr Karl Kruszelnicki AM

The National Health Innovation and Research Symposium Committee are pleased to announce that Dr Karl Kruszelnicki AM will deliver the Keynote presentation at the Symposium Gala Dinner which will be held at Opal Cove Resort on Thursday 3 August 2017.

When NASA classified Karl as non-astronaut material in 1981 he walked straight into ABC Radio station Double J and offered to talk about the Space shuttle launch. They said ‘Okay’ and his radio career took off from there. ‘Great Moments In Science’ ran on Double J while Karl moonlighted as a medical student.

Since then, his media career has exploded from radio, to TV, books, newspapers, magazines, scripting, professional speaking, and of course, the Net.

Karl made his TV debut in 1985 as the presenter of the first series of ‘Quantum’. Since 1986 he has reported science on the ‘The Midday Show’, ‘Good Morning Australia’ (including a full-time stint in 1991-2 as the TV Weatherman and science reporter), ‘The Today Show’ and ‘Sunrise’. Along side his fellow geek Adam Spencer, he has written and co-produced two series of Sleek Geeks for ABC TV. The Sleek Geeks weekly podcasts burst into life in 2014 and mix science with humour while exploring some of the most perplexing scientific mysteries we encounter on a daily basis.

Karl popularises science on ABC radio stations across Australia and, on the BBC, for several hours each week. Many of you will be familiar with the original talk back programme each Thursday on triple J from 11 am to midday.

Karl has written (so far) 38 books, beginning with ‘Great Moments In Science’ in 1984, and includes such titles as ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So…’Bro’ (2006), which was launched, quite literally, via rocket at Sydney’s Bondi Beach (a world first).

In 2002, Dr Karl was honoured with the prestigious Ig Nobel prize awarded by Harvard University in the USA for his ground-breaking research into Belly Button Lint and why it is almost always blue.

In September 2003, Dr Karl was bestowed with the great honour of being named ‘Australian Father of the Year’.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki received the Member of the Order of Australia Award in the 2006 Australia Day Honours list. In 2007 the Australia Skeptics Society awarded Dr Karl the Australia Skeptic Of The Year Prize.

In 2012 Karl was delighted to have Asteroid 18412 named after him. Asteroid Dr Karl/18412 was discovered by Robert H. McNaught at the Siding Spring Observatory in Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia, on June 13, 1993.

Karl has degrees in Physics and Maths, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine and Surgery and has worked as a physicist, tutor, filmmaker, car mechanic, labourer, and as a medical doctor at The Children’s Hospital in Sydney. Dr Karl is currently the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at Sydney University, where his ‘mission’ is to spread the good word about science and its benefits.

His enthusiasm for science is totally infectious and no one is better able to convey the excitement and wonder of it all than Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

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