Science makes Melbourne cool: Astonishing Facts and Stories ā€“ Melbourne Conversations

Celebrate National Science Week and the potential of science with an injection of stimulating factual stories from a sample of our very best and brightest brains. Expert discussion on how scientists are solving problems; the science behind Melbourne and Australian discoveries and breaking news on the latest scientific innovations. Come along to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and get your hard questions answered!


Dr Krystal Evans – CEO BioMelbourne, Melbourne
Assoc. Prof. Christopher Fluke – Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology
Dr Cathy Foley – Deputy Director Manufacturing Flagship, CSIRO and Club Melbourne Ambassador
Ms Bridie Smith – Science Editor, The Age, Melbourne
Emeritus Prof. Alan Trounson AO – Monash University, Founder  of the Australian Stem Cell Centre and Club Melbourne Ambassador
Niall Byrne (host) – Creative Director, Science in Public and Club Melbourne Ambassador

In collaboration with Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s Club Melbourne Ambassador Program and National Science Week. Supported by Future Leaders and Knowledge Melbourne, a City of Melbourne initiative. 

Opening dates and times

Wednesday 20 August 2014
6.00 - 7.30pm (doors open from 5.30pm)


Free - booking is essential

More information


For more information please contact Melbourne Conversations at or call 03 9658 9965

Event type


Convention and
Exhibition Centre

1 Convention Centre Pl,
South Wharf, Melbourne Victoria,
Australia 3006.

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Arriving by taxi

Taxi drop off points are at 1 Convention Centre Place (for Convention Centre) or 2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf (for Exhibition Centre).

Taxis can be booked by contacting Silver Top Taxi (131 008) or Yellow Cabs (13 22 27).

Arriving by tram

Melbourne's tram network services the metropolitan inner-city area with 28 lines. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is serviced by regular services departing every few minutes.

MCEC is stop 124a (Crown Casino / MCEC) for routes 96, 109 and 112 stop opposite the MCEC on Clarendon Street, South Wharf.

Tram numbers 48 and 70 stop at the end of Flinders Street. Walk towards the Yarra River and cross Seafarers Bridge.

Arriving by train

Melbourne’s metropolitan train network operates from the nearby Southern Cross station connecting to all parts of Melbourne.

Exit onto Spencer Street and take trams 96, 109 or 112 to stop 124a, which stops opposite the Exhibtion Centre entrance of MCEC.

Arriving by bus

Bus route 237 operates from Queen Victoria Market, via Southern Cross Station to Lorimer Street South Wharf from Monday to Friday. Lormier Street is approximately a five minute walk to MCEC. There is also a coach pick up/drop off point at Bay 1, Convention Centre Place (closest to DFO South Wharf).