In-conversation with oceanographer Sylvia A. Earle and eco-hero Simran Sethi

Butterfly on globe with seedling inside

Wednesday 11 March 2015






Facilitated by: Dr Paul Willis, Director, RiAus

Podcast now available HERE (31MB mp3 format)
Slides available HERE (PDF format 4MB)

Video - Sylvia Earle: Whale Sharks available HERE  (Youtube)
Video -  Sylvia Earle: Mission Blue JIM MB Deep Sea Exploration available HERE (Youtube)


Following their involvement in WOMADelaide’s Planet Talks series, hear these two environmental champions discuss their passion for and dedication to a sustainable world. Learn more about the University of South Australia's involvement in the Planet Talks series.


Syliva EarleSylvia A. Earle

Oceanographer Sylvia A. Earle is Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society, Founder of Mission Blue/Sylvia Earle Alliance, Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research (DOER), author of more than 200  publications, leader of more than 100 expeditions with 7000 hours underwater.  She has a PhD from Duke University, with  expertise concerning of marine ecosystems, ocean policy and undersea technologies.  



Simran SethiSimran Sethi

Named "the environmental messenger" by Vanity Fair & a top ten eco-hero of the planet by the UK's Independent, Simran Sethi is a journalist and educator focused on environmentalism, sustainability & social change. She is writing a book on the loss of biodiversity in food, is a visiting scholar at the Cocoa Research Centre in Trinidad, and an associate at the University of Melbourne's Sustainable Society Institute.



Photo credit: Amanda Friedman


Dr Paul WillisDr Paul Willis

Dr Paul Willis, RiAus Director, is a respected leader in the science community. He has a background in vertebrate palaeontology and also has an extensive career in science communication working on TV programs such as Catalyst and Quantum, as well as radio and online. He is passionate about informing, educating and exciting people about science and is keen to talk about science in a variety of public forums.





Co-presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and WOMADelaide's Planet Talks Series




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