UNSW presents Elizabeth Blackburn, Telomere Effect – Sydney Science Festival – 16/08

Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn reveals the science behind living longer and healthier lives, as part of Sydney Science Festival 2019.

UNSW Centre for Ideas is thrilled to announce a talk by Nobel Laureate and New York Times bestselling co-author of The Telomere Effect, Elizabeth Blackburn; the first in a powerful lineup of global leaders and innovators, who will take part in UNSW’s program of events for Sydney Science Festival 2019.

Elizabeth Blackburn’s discoveries about telomeres, the protective caps at the end of our chromosomes, and the enzyme telomerase, earned her a Nobel Prize in 2009 and demonstrated the key role DNA plays in health and ageing.

Born in Tasmania and long-based in the US, this is a rare opportunity to hear firsthand from one of the world’s leading scientists, recognised in 2007 as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, on the role of DNA in slowing disease and improving health later in life.

A key contributor to Sydney Science Festival since its inception, UNSW presents a series of talks, tours and events highlighting the science that blows your mind, including an unexpected method to measure dark matter and answers to the origin of life itself.

A powerhouse of innovation and research, the Science Faculty at UNSW comprises nine schools, more than 400 staff and 700 researchers. It is only fitting then, says Professor Emma Johnston AO, Dean of Science, UNSW Sydney, that UNSW plays a key role in the city’s annual science celebration:

“UNSW Sydney’s partnership with the Sydney Science Festival is an incredible opportunity for us as researchers, educators and communicators to engage with the wider community. Our worldclass scientists are making discoveries that will shape our future, and they are passionate about sharing their work. The University is proud to support the many events that offer an in-depth look at what is happening amongst our broad areas of research. I invite you to explore what we have to offer during the Festival.”

Elizabeth Blackburn: The Telomere Effect

Friday 16th August, 6:30 – 7:30pm

City Recital Hall

$15 – $35 + booking fee


This event is supported by the Crawford Fund and Science & Technology Australia.

The full program of UNSW x Sydney Science Festival will be announced Monday 17 June.


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