Speakers Profile - Bernie Hobbs

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Bernie Hobbs is best known as a popular judge from ABC TV's The New Inventors, and she's a firm favourite with audiences for her weekly science spots on ABC radio around the country.

Bernie has that rare combination of a sharp intellect, quick wit and warmth. With a background in medical research, environmental writing and science teaching, Bernie can tackle tough or technical subjects and bring the driest topics alive for lay or expert audiences.

She's worked with kids, animals and rocket scientists, and shared the stage with prime ministers and rock stars. She happily takes the hot seat at triple j when Dr Karl can't, and loves nothing more than working with a live audience.

Bernie has won awards for the kids tv show the experiMENTALS, and for her infamous greenhouse website Planet Slayer - where you find out what age you should have died at so you don't use more than your share of the planet.

She has a first class honours degree in biochemistry and microbiology, a very nerdy habit of birdwatching, and more than a passing interest in cycling, kayaking and ridding her backyard of asthma weed.

She's MC'd and chaired her way through forums and events for clients including:-

Prime Minister's Prizes for Science, the Association of Consulting Engineers Australia, a swathe of CRCs, GHD, Queerscreen, the Queensland Government, The Queensland Resources Council, CSIRO, The Australian Society of Medical Research, The Australian Fodder Industry Association, Brisbane Ideas Festival, The World Congress of Science Journalists, Questacon.

"Bernie was very well received by all. We had an overwhelming response to attend this year's dinner, a maximum capacity of 662 gusts. Apart from the event being the 10th anniversary of the Prizes, we believe having Bernie Hobbs as MC was contributory to the enthusiastic turnout as everyone who attended last year enjoyed her performance, and returned for more. Bernie is a special person and has a special chemistry with participants on stage. Bernie is a delight to work with.

Kelly Fong
Program & Event Manager
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science & Research

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