Dr Angus Hervey
Angus is a political economist and a journalist specialising in the impact of disruptive technologies on society.
Co-founder of Future Crunch, a platform for intelligent thinking about the future of science and technology, and former manager of Random Hacks of Kindness, a global initiative from Google, IBM, Microsoft, NASA and the World Bank to create open-source technology solutions to social challenges.
Former manager of Global Policy, one of the world's leading international political journals. He holds a PhD in Government and a Masters in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics, where he was also the Ralph Miliband Scholar from 2009 to 2012.
Big Data Scientist
Tané is a cancer researcher, bioinformatician, and science communicator. He works with big data in the biological realm. In 2004 Tane won a US national mountain biking title and was heading for a career as a professional cyclist. Unfortunately, an injury in 2006 brought Tané’s cycling career to an end and he refocused on science, statistics, and viticulture.
Tané is the co-founder of Future Crunch and Lighthouse Data Science. His interest in medical genomics, big data, and evolutionary biology eventually led him to the University of Melbourne where he completed a Masters in Bioinformatics in 2013. He has worked for the Royal Children’s Hospital diagnosing rare genetic diseases in children and is currently completing his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, using molecular biomarkers and artificial intelligence to better understand, diagnose and improve treatment for people suffering from cancer. He is also an avid sailor, and participates in races around the world.
Chris is an independent filmmaker of ten years’ experience. Recently he became a film and TV lawyer at Melbourne firm Shiff and Co. Chris has joined the Future Crunch team help to develop, produce and launch a YouTube channel with an eye to developing up a television series for global broadcast.
Chris’ producing credits include the feature documentary Small Is Beautiful (2015), an exposé on the tiny house movement that is taking the world by storm. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (2012) 52min, a sorely needed humanitarian perspective on the highly politicised Australian asylum seeker issue. And the comedy web series Corn Cobs,, part of Freshblood Comedy Series (2014).
Will is an MC, musician and presenter with a talent for inspiring wonder and empowerment. He is motivated by the sense that our modern global culture is reaching out for a new story about the workings of the world, a story in which we see ourselves as integrally connected to each other and our universe. Using music, drama, humour and joy Will creates moments of magical, mythical experience that help make this new story tangible and trustworthy.
He is an educational presenter and the founder of Our Planet Enterprises, producing and delivering sustainability-focussed school and festival performance throughout Melbourne and Victoria. He is also the lead singer for 8Foot Felix, a theatrical multi-genre festival band. Will has crafted his singing voice, and his ability write for it, touring with the band in Australia and overseas. His focus is now on integrating his musicianship, his storytelling talent and his passion for kindling a sense of belonging and stewardship towards our living planet.
Shasta is an entomologist and science communicator, whose insect-centric presentations may make you laugh, squirm or change your perspective on life. She loves insects because they are
beautiful and useful. They are tiny but complete, working organisms, “like holding a galaxy the size of a marble in your hand.” She's been combining her passion for invertebrates with her tour guiding skills since 2014.
Her titles include two tours with the Young Tassie Scientists, three National Science Week Festival of Bright Ideas, ABC Hobart’s Entomologist on call and speaker for Melbourne Nerd Nite, Pint of
Science and even the East Gippsland Beef Conference. She is currently completing her PhD, at the University of Tasmania, investigating the impact of fire on invertebrate communities in Tasmania’s alpine Wilderness World Heritage Area.
She is also a representative on the Australian Entomological Society Conservation Committee.
Aerie is an independent science communicator based in Melbourne, Australia. Her vigorous obsession with science germinated in California, where she studied marine and animal biology in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Participation in the 2013 Faculty of Science International Scholarship at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, spawned her immigration to Australia in the name of scientific inquest. She’s an avid cephalopod enthusiast and spends a heroic amount of time researching these majestic creatures.
Aerie draws upon a diverse array of careers to enrich the colourful tapestry of her scientific exploits. Past and present occupations including biology tutor, aquarium exhibit interpreter, film director, cabaret dancer, fetish model, dominatrix, accordionist, and sexuality educator inform the engaging and interactive nature of her science communication. She employs this diversity to cultivate a public interface in which her contagious passion for science is dynamically transmitted.