ADC COVID-19 Update Series – Part Two: Communicating Science and Trust in Institutions

About the series

ADC Forum is bringing together Australian and global thought leaders to explore and debate the evidence and the issues, with which the COVID-19 crisis challenges us.

The aim of this four-part series is to present current information and insights and expose arguments relevant to understanding and moving on from the crisis.

Part two of this series will focus on the following –


  • Trust in government and institutions is being questioned, who can we believe?
  • How can we discern if traditional media is presenting biased viewpoints?
  • How do we respond to social media is bombarding the community with what often is fake news and deep fakes?
  • How can governments and individuals understand and evaluate information from experts and translate that into appropriate policy responses?


Robert Gottliebsen 
Robert is a columnist for Business Spectator and an economics writer at The Australian. He was the founder of Business Review Weekly magazine and also co-founded the investor advice newsletter and website Eureka Report in 2005, and writes a weekly column for it.

Michelle Grattan
One of Australia’s most respected political journalists, Michelle currently has a dual role with an academic position at the University of Canberra and as Associate Editor (Politics) and Chief Political Correspondent at The Conversation.

Mitch Hills
Managing Director, Mastered Marketing. A 26 year old entrepreneur, marketer and problem solver from Brisbane. He started his first business in high school at 17, quickly catching the entrepreneurial bug. 6 years and 3 businesses later he is now the Creative Director of Mastered Marketing, on a mission to make world class marketing available to small organisations.

Dion McCurdy
CEO and co-founder of NewVote, an independent, nonpartisan and for-purpose e-Governance startup. Dion is an Adjunct Associate Lecturer at the School of Political Science at UQ. He has degrees in political science, psychology and law and is a practising solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Dr Jane Thomason
CEO of Fintech Worldwide and CEO of Blockchain Quantum Impact, award winning author, futurist and technology transformation leader. Frequent speaker on blockchain and disruptive technology and government and how blockchain has potential to solve global problems. Recognised in Forbes Magazine (2018) as Blockchain’s Leading Social Development Evangelist.

Dr Darrin Durant
Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies, in the History and Philosophy of Science unit of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Darrin has a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Toronto in Canada, having moved overseas after completing an Undergraduate degree in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Wollongong.
Future episodes in this series will include –

6 October 2020 – 5pm         The economic legacy

13 October 2020 – 5pm       Becoming pandemic ready

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