2018 Peter Karmel Forum: Experts? Who needs ‘em?

British MP Michael Gove recently said, “I think the people have had enough of experts with organisations from acronyms saying that they know what is best and getting it consistently wrong”. With integrity and trust in institutions at an all-time low, his comments reflect a society feeling fed up with experts who are out-of-touch.

This forum seeks to examine how experts can effect positive change and remain relevant in a post-truth society. What can we do to ensure those with the power to make the decisions that will shape our future are equipped with the necessary knowledge and research (particularly in relation to the social sciences) to give our nation the best shot and restore public confidence?

2018 Peter Karmel Forum: Experts? Who needs ‘em? – Promoting the value of expertise in decision-making in Australia’s future will be held in National Portrait Gallery, Canberra on Wednesday, 12 September at 12pm for a 12:30pm start. It includes a light lunch.

Featuring an all-star panel of social science experts including:

  • Sarah Burr – Senior Adviser, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet
  • Linda Botterill – Professor, School of Government & Policy, UC, FASSA
  • Carolyn Hendriks – Associate Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU
  • Deborah Lupton – Professor, Faculty of Arts & Design, UC, FASSA

Facilitator: Michael Wesley – Professor and Dean, The College of Asia & the Pacific, ANU

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ASSA Public Engagement Manager, Ms Sunny Hutson

02 6249 1788




National Portrait Gallery, Canberra