World-leading epidemiologist Raina MacIntyre examines pandemics through the lens of history, asking what lessons we have learned and how we might navigate the new frontiers of bio-security.

Professor MacIntyre's work has revealed a recurrent theme of denial, silence and cover-up around unnatural epidemics, along with the powerful vested interests at play. Drawing on quantum advances in genetic engineering and synthetic biology, she calls for a cross-disciplinary, global approach to safeguarding our future. She envisages a future where human genome editing and the resurrection of extinct viruses might be the norm.

Professor MacIntyre argues that the solution to the existential threat we face from biotechnology will not come from scientists, but from the community having a voice in the future of the planet and of humanity.


We will have space for a limited number of participants in-person at the Glover Cottages, tickets to be pre-paid . Once the limit for in-person attendees is reached, tickets will no longer be sold on the website or at the door. In-person attendees will get priority during the Q & A session.

Refreshments will be served from 6pm at Glover Cottages.

This event will also be streamed online via Zoom. Register by clicking the "get tickets" button below. Once you have registered, you will receive a follow-up confirmation email on the day of the event (Tuesday, August 8) containing details of the Zoom link and how to join the event.

The event will start at 6.30pm AEST (Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne time), Tuesday August 8.

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Kent Street 124-134
Millers Point, New South Wales, Australia

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