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Main Stage Session 3


Wendy Zukerman

Wendy Zukerman has been a science journalist for over a decade, reporting on everything from octopus intelligence to superbugs. She started her career as the Australiasian Correspondent for New Scientist Magazine and then went to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where she created the award-winning podcast Science Vs. The show and Wendy came to Gimlet Media in New York, in 2016 — debuting that year as America’s Number 1 podcast. In 2020, Wendy and the Science Vs team won gold in audio reporting from the American Association for the Advancement of Science Kavli Science Journalism Awards. Science Vs has also been praised in The New York Times, LA Times, The Atlantic, Popular Science, Wired and BBC.

Dr Rebecca Chabot

With over 25 years in the field of wellness and a PhD in science, Dr Rebecca Chabot
provides a scientific approach to restoring balance to the mind, body, and emotions
through wellness – first for the individual and subsequently for the community as a whole.
She will help you strengthen connections, re-build confidence, adjust mindset and
improve overall wellness for a more harmonious, efficient and stress-free life.

Zoe Kean

Zoe Kean is a multi award-winning science writer with a focus on evolution, ecology, and the environment. Her debut evolutionary non-fiction ‘Why Are We Like This?’ is due to be published with NewSouth in 2024.
In the meantime you can find her words in The Guardian, the ABC, The Best Australian Science Writing 2022, The Best Australian Science Writing 2023, Cosmos Magazine, and the BBC. Her love for science cannot be contained to the page, Zoe also gives talks, makes science TikTok videos for her regularly appears on live radio. She was the Assistant Director of The Beaker Street Festival in its first two years (2017, 2018)

Matilda Boseley

Matilda Boseley is an award-winning social media reporter and presenter for Guardian Australia. She has spearheaded the publication’s popular TikTok channel where she writes and hosts their short-form news explainers. Her work on the platform has won her a Quill Award for Innovation in Journalism and was nominated for a Walkley Award for the same category. She regularly reports on issues affecting young people, women and mental health and her first book, The Year I Met My Brain, documents her experiences and discoveries after being diagnosed with ADHD at 23 and investigates the hidden prevalence and costs of ADHD among adults.

Hannah Moloney

Based in Nipaluna/Hobart, Hannah Moloney is the Tasmanian host for ABC TV’s Gardening Australia, a permaculture educator, community worker, designer and best-selling author. She’s spent the past two decades getting her hands dirty in the garden, with community change projects, political and front line activism all aimed at fostering a good life for all. You can also find her having a crack at playing the ukulele, trying to master the ever-elusive chin up, plaiting her daughter’s hair and hugging her puppy, chickens, goats and ducks. Yes, she is an animal person.


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.