Skeptical Science talk at University of Qld on May 7
Posted on 30 April 2010 by John Cook
I'll be talking at the University of Queensland next Friday, May 7. The time is 12pm to 1pm, the place is the Social Sciences Building, Room S304 (here's a link to a map - when I recently returned to UQ, I forgot what a labyrinth that place is to the uninitiated or alumni who's taken a two decade break). The talk is organised by the UQ Climate for Change and part of Climate Reality Week which is happening in universities throughout Australia. The purpose of the week is "to highlight current climate issues, the future of climate change and the power of youth involvement".
The title of the May 7 event is "The reality about climate change". What I'll be talking about is whether there's any empirical evidence that humans are causing global warming (without wanting to give away too much of the ending, yes, there is). I'll also examine various skeptic arguments along the way and discuss the nature of scientific skepticism.
Also talking at this event will be Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, director of the Global Change Institute and publisher of many peer-reviewed papers on the effects of climate change on coral reefs (I reviewed one of his papers in a recent blog post Ocean acidification: Global warming's evil twin). So it won't be just a climate blogger talking - there will be a real scientist there too :-)
There will also be a few members from the UQ Climate for Change as part of the panel alongside Ove. UQCfC will also have an information stall on Wednesday May 5 from 10-2pm on the Grassy Knoll at the St Lucia campus. Anyone in the general vicinity of Brisbane, Australia, hope to see you there!