Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty Public Lecture
The University of Melbourne Department of Rural Health held a Public Lecture by Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty.
Professor Doherty a Nobel Prize and 1997 Australian of the Year recipient presented on The Challenges Facing Us - Do we have the courage and the will to change and move forward? While science has given us longer, healthier and in many senses happier lives than at any time in human history the reverse of that coin is the enormous challenges that progressive environmental degradation, species loss, and the pollution that results from over consumption and ever-increasing human numbers pose for the future of life on this small planet. Where do we stand with respect to challenges like future pandemics, food and water availability, increasing temperatures, unpredictable rainfall and so forth? Extraordinary advances based in science minimize some of these threats, while the technology is already there to start correcting others. But are we prepared to embrace the future and do what is necessary?