PESTA seminar (30.03.22)


Public engagement in controversial fields: Vaccine hesitancy, marine science and climate change

Join us for a special panel discussion chaired by Prof Rachel Ankeny (University of Adelaide).

Assoc Prof Katie Attwell (University of Western Australia) – Vaccine Hesitancy and Communication

I will talk about the challenges of discussing non-vaccination, including the problematic concept of ‘vaccine hesitancy’ and the need to focus on access and acceptance barriers, as well as how to talk about vaccine refusers and vaccine refusal.

Dr Zoë Doubleday (University of South Australia) – A Scientist’s Guide to Talking About Topics People Love and Loathe

Engaging with the public and media about topics that can garner a range of love/hate opinions depending on who you talk to. I will be drawing on my experience on topics such as conservation, fisheries, and animal welfare, using octopus as a key example.

Dr Josh Wodak (Western Sydney University) – How Runaway Climate Change Challenges the Notion of the Atmosphere as a Global Commons

This presentation explores how ideas of public good, such as the atmosphere being a global commons, are challenged by the rapidly diminishing prospect for avoiding runaway climate change, whereby public engagement may need to become something as unrecognisable as the climatic changes unfolding.

When: Wednesday, 30th March 2022, 12-1:30 PM

Where: Online. Please RSVP to

Prof Rachel Ankeny is a researcher in the School of Humanities at the University of Adelaide and is the convenor of PESTA. She is an interdisciplinary teacher and scholar whose areas of expertise cross three fields: history/philosophy of science, bioethics and science policy, and food studies.

Assoc Prof Katie Attwell is a researcher in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Katie has engaged in community, systems and behavioural research in the area of vaccination uptake since 2014, the year of her ground-breaking and internationally recognised “I Immunise” campaign, which drew on behavioural insights to address alternative lifestyle-based vaccine hesitancy in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Dr Zoë Doubleday is a researcher in the Future Industries Institute at the University of South Australia. She is a marine biologist and ecologist and leads the MARIS research lab at the University of South Australia ( Her mission is to ensure science is not hidden behind closed doors but rather communicated to the media and public.

Dr Josh Wodak is a researcher at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University. Josh works at the intersection of the Environmental Humanities and Science & Technology Studies. His current research has three entwined strands: Technoscientific Conservation; MAD re CC; and Petrification.

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