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Choose your own apocalypse

Asteroids. Heat waves. Infections. Oh my!
From Armageddon to Zombieland, we've seen apocalypse predictions play out on the big screen. Now our panel of experts will pitch their hypotheses... then you can decide our most likely fate.

Event details
Date and time: 
Wednesday 30 October, 6.30-7.45pm.
Doors open at 6pm.
Venue: York Theatre, Seymour Centre
Price: $15 general public; $10 University of Sydney alumni, students, staff. Ticket price includes a complimentary drink. Please note this is an 18+ only event.

In 1704, Isaac Newton predicted the world would end in 2060. Check your calendars… that’s only about 40 years away. So how can we prepare for doomsday? First, we need to figure out the cause.

We’re bringing together a geoscientist, astrophysicist, biologist and infectious disease expert to pitch their predictions for how the world as we know it will end.

Will it be space rock falling from the sky? A pandemic outbreak? An unsuspecting natural hazard? The decline of biodiversity on earth? You decide!

Join us for a battle of scientific proportions where you will get to choose which apocalyptic prediction comes out on top.

Hosted by Adam Spencer, the University’s Mathematics and Science Ambassador, and featuring special guest Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

Our scientists

Professor Tania Sorrell

Professor Tania Sorrell
Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity

Professor Tania Sorrell is a Professor of Clinical Infectious Diseases, Director of the Marie Bashir Institute for infectious Diseases and Biosecurity and Deputy Dean, Sydney Medical School. She is an internationally renowned infectious diseases physician and medical mycologist, with a long-standing interest in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases, and a more recent interest in emerging infectious diseases. She has served on state and national advisory committees in Infectious Diseases and therapeutics and the Research and Human Ethics Committees of NHMRC.

Professor Dale Dominey-Howes

Professor Dale Dominey-Howes
School of Geosciences

Professor Dale Dominey-Howes is a geographer and natural hazard expert in the School of Geosciences. He explores the characteristics of natural hazards and their impacts on people, communities and human systems. He has done extensive work globally on natural hazards such as earthquakes, river floods, tropical cyclones, tsunami, volcanic eruptions and bushfires. He is currently the Chairman of the United Nations UNESCO-IOC Post-disaster Policy and Protocols Working Group.

Professor Geraint Lewis

Professor Geraint Lewis
Sydney Institute for Astronomy

Professor Geraint Lewis spends his time unravelling the dark-side of the cosmos at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy at the University of Sydney. His research encompasses cosmology, gravitational lensing and galactic cannibalism, and he often wonders why the universe seems just right for complexity and life. He has published more than 300 articles in astrophysics, as well as speaking to varied audiences on cosmology and the nature of the universe.

Professor Geraint Lewis

Dr Emily Remnant
School of Life and Environmental Science

Dr Emily Remnant is a geneticist and evolutionary biologist from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. She is interested in understanding how insects respond to stress in their environment, such as diseases and chemical insecticides. Her current work focuses on honey bees, their parasites and viruses, and investigating ways to improve the health of beneficial insects.

Event information

This is a ticketed event and open to guests aged 18+. You can purchase tickets by visiting our registration page. The cost of the ticket is $15 for general public and $10 for University of Sydney alumni, students and staff. Tickets include a drink at the venue.

Tickets are general admission, with no reserved seating. Doors open 15 minutes prior to an event, so please be early, particularly if you wish to secure an optimum seat.

The University of Sydney’s Performing Arts venue, the Seymour Theatre Centre is the venue for this event.

It is located on the corner of City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale. Click here for detailed directions and access information on the Seymour Centre.

Find more venue location details using the University Campus Maps. Search J09 under "Buildings" for the Seymour Centre.

Please note: while there is some parking available at Shepherd Street carpark, New Law Building carpark, Broadway and some street parking, spaces are limited so we suggest using public transport whenever possible. 

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