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Matter of Life and Death - MIAF

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Spotlight Session: Peter Doherty

In Conversation with Jennifer Byrne

Professor Peter Doherty’s extraordinary scientific contribution was recognised in 1996 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine. In the following year he was made Australian of the Year. Through his books, A Light History of Hot Air and The Beginner’s Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize we learned that he was also a gifted storyteller and raconteur.

In partnership with the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Matter of Life and Death series of events focuses on some of the big issues in life, art and ideas.

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Who?

Portrait of Jennifer Byrne

Jennifer Byrne

Jennifer Byrne is a senior journalist and broadcaster who has worked in all arms of the media: print, radio and television.

Having done her cadetship at the Age and worked on UK’s Fleet Street, she was a founding reporter with Channel Nine’s Sunday programme and spent some 12 years traveling the world for 60 Minutes and as anchor for Foreign Correspondent. She was publishing director of Reed Books, morning presenter on ABC radio, won national awards as interviewer and columnist for the Bulletin and, in May 2006, returned to TV to create the country’s first televised Book Club, which ran on the ABC for 11 years until December 2019.

Portrait of Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty

A graduate of the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science, Peter Doherty shared the 1996 Nobel Medicine Prize for his immunology research and was the 1997 Australian of the Year.

Since then, he has gone in to bat for evidence-based reality, relating to areas as diverse as childhood vaccination, global hunger and anthropogenic climate change. So far, he has published six books on science including The Incidental Tourist and his latest, An Insider's Plague Year.

Matter of Life and Death - MIAF

In partnership with the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Matter of Life and Death series of events focuses on some of the big issues in life, art and ideas.

Over six sessions, the Wheeler Centre comes to the Festival with big conversations about big questions. The first three sessions are Panel Discussions covering Ethics and Morality, Belief and Spirituality and The Written Death. These events are followed by three Spotlight Sessions focusing on individual writers and thinkers and their attitudes to life and death.

Details of the guest speakers will be available here closer to the event.