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Main Stage Session 2


Professor Alan Duffy

An astronomer at Swinburne University of Technology, Professor Alan Duffy was the inaugural Director of the Space Technology and Industry Institute at Swinburne, finding ways to use space to help companies and communities on Earth. His research background in computational astrophysics sees Alan model universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies like our Milky Way form within vast clouds of dark matter. He is trying to find this dark matter as the Swinburne Node Leader in the $35M ARC CoE for Dark Matter Particle Physics and a Chief Investigator of SABRE, the world’s first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere, at the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory at the bottom of an active gold mine in Victoria.

Lilly Ryan

Lilly Ryan is an information security specialist, technology commentator, AI-annoyer, and former historian. With over a decade of experience in the tech industry, she specialises in web application and cloud security, as well as cybersecurity education. In her role with technology consultancy, Thoughtworks, she architects security assurance initiatives, advises software developers on secure development practices, and leads exercises in threat modelling and offensive security testing. Lilly also specialises in explaining the nuances of AI and large language models, focusing on the why of their weirdness, the risks they can introduce, and the ethical implications of their use.

Mars Buttfield-Addison

Mars Buttfield-Addison is a PhD researcher at the University of Tasmania and CSIRO, where she develops systems to track satellites and space debris. Alongside this, Mars works with universities and companies around Australia and beyond, developing scientific software for space-related instrumentation—software that is used across astronomy, space weather modelling, asteroid and space debris tracking, and more. Prior to this, Mars came from a background in more traditional computer science—working in areas of software development, data science and AI/machine learning, and high-performance computing. This continues in her work as a specialist freelancer, covering the breadth of technology, AI, and STEM communication.

Dr Larissa Bartlett

Currently the Mind Games Research Fellow (Mental Health) at the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for Medical Research, Larissa’s research spans workplace mental health, behaviour change, wellbeing and mindfulness. She is co-lead of the WorkSafe Tasmania Working Well study, which is benchmarking organisational capabilities for looking after employee mental health. Larissa has published promising evidence on the effects of workplace mindfulness training on stress, quality of life and mental health, the role of mindfulness in social contexts, and on things we can do in daily life to reduce the risk of developing dementia. Larissa teaches mindfulness in community settings and for organisations, and provides consulting and contract research services that aim to improve mental health and wellbeing.


Hobart City Hall

The home of Beaker Street’s Main Stage and ground-zero of the Festival Epicentre. This stunning heritage building will be transformed into a suave science saloon, with cabaret style seating, live music, and a jam-packed program of events. From Friday night, right through to early Sunday morning, the City Hall Main Stage will be buzzing with all things science. Then, at 10pm, the madness descends and the space transforms into the biggest, baddest, burlesquey bar in Hobart.

57-63 Macquarie St, Hobart TAS 7000
(03) 6238 2765


Hobart City Hall has level access and is wheelchair accessible, and we’re going all-out to optimise the acoustics and comfort levels. For particular accessibility concerns, please contact [email protected]

Eat and drink

We’ll have a bar on site serving up tasty Tassie alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and dishing out delicious bar snacks.

A Seat at the Table

Beaker Street Festival’s pay-it-forward initiative, A Seat at the Table, helps make our science and art offerings accessible to those who can’t afford to purchase a ticket. When you buy a ticket you have the option to donate towards the cost of a stranger’s ticket. You won’t know who you’ve helped, but your donation will go directly towards allowing someone else to access this great event. All donations $2 and over are tax-deductible.

If you’d like to request one or two free tickets, please let us know. If we can offer you a seat, we’ll notify you by email.