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Myth buster and big cat expert to tour Australia.

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Two internationally renowned scientists, US skeptic and myth buster Dr Michael Shermer and big cat conservationist Dr Luke Hunter, will tour Australia as part of National Science Week 2008.

Dr Michael Shermer has dedicated his life to debunking myths, superstitions and urban legends, while explaining why we believe them. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Skeptics Society and the driving force behind the Skeptic magazine.

Dr Luke Hunter, born in Melbourne, has been conducting fieldwork on large cats in Africa since 1992. He is the Executive Director of the New-York based Panthera Foundation, formed to conserve the world's 36 wild cats, and previously headed the Great Cats Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research today welcomed their visit saying that they would provide informative, entertaining and memorable experiences for those who took the time to see them.

"Australia is very fortunate to have two of the best and brightest in world science, both leaders in their fascinating fields, joining the activities of National Science Week," Senator Carr said.

"Just like National Science Week, the presentations of Dr Shermer and Dr Hunter will show Australians, both young and old, why there is a lot to be excited about in science.

“Science is a part of our every day lives, it is interesting, challenging and of direct relevance to all of us.

"Scientists exist at the edge of our imagination and a career in science has limitless possibilities. As a scientist, you are not just helping yourself, but the world - talk about job satisfaction," Senator Carr said.

Dr Shermer and Dr Hunter will tour between 13 and 26 August, visiting every State and Territory giving public presentations, participating in panels and debates and promoting science throughout Australia.

National Science Week is Australia’s largest national festival and will feature over 700 events across the nation.

The majority of National Science Week events are free and open to the public, with something for everyone from children to adults, and science amateurs to professionals.

Innovation Minister > Senator the Hon Kim Carr

Media Release

Senator the Hon Kim Carr

21 Jul 2008

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National Science Week is an initiative of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Research and Science and is sponsored by Australian Geographic. The festival is also supported by bodies such as the CSIRO and the ABC.

Details of the National Science Week events and tour destinations can be found on the National Science Week website,

For more information on Dr Shermer and Dr Hunter, download the National Science Week media kit at

[High resolution photos of both scientists available through Leigh Exelby.]

Media contact: Patrick Pantano, Minister's Office, 0417 181 936 Leigh Exelby, National Science Week, 0422 396 111

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