Aside from all the bands, beers, and barney of Splendour In The Grass, there’s also the annual Forum. Mixing in big chats, big ideas, big science, big laughs, and big, loud shirts of Dr Karl, the forum tent provides a nice little escape from the party for those who want to get inspired from some of the country’s best and brightest.

This year’s offering in the tent of Big Thinky Time™ is second to none – between exploring the science behind the shoey (yuck), a double feature from the nation’s darling Will Connolly aka Eggboy, and laughing heartily at the likes of Luke McGregorAaron ‘Gocsy’ GocsGen Fricker and more, you’re very likely going to find yourself resting your feet in the forum’s pews at some point across the Splendour weekender.

Last year I watched on as Henry Rollins was the token, active listening male on a panel about #MeToo, and damn nearly wet myself at Aunty Donna turned the tent into a fit of hysterics. It’s good shit, folks. Real head-scratchin’, knee-slappin’ good shit.

The 2019 Splendour Forum is the perfect haven for those of us who love to nerd out on podcasts that blend comedy and trivia and learning (yes I’m looking right at you, No Such Thing As A Fish) so peep the whole weekend’s lineup to wrap your brains around.

SPLENDOUR FORUM

FRIDAY
10:00-11:30am
Black Mirror x Biometric Mirror 
feat. Brenna Harding & Dr. Dr Niels Wouters

12:30-2:00pm
Panel: TREATY
feat. DRMNGNOW (Australia Does Not Exist), Lala Bayles, Dr Chelsea Bond & NITV journalists Rachael Hocking and Danny Teece Johnson

2:30-4:00pm
Panel: The Pin x APRA AMCOS present: The Power of Enough
Hosted by Nkechi Anele and Lucie Cutting
feat. Thandi Phoenix, DRMNGNOW, Jennifer Loveless and Sosefina Fuamoli

SATURDAY

10:00-11:30am
Panel: The Future of Jobs in an AI World
feat. Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Professor Uwe Aickelin, Professor Jeannie Paterson

12:30-2:00pm
Hypothetical: Is it Environmentally Responsible To Be Human?
feat. Professor Peter Singer, Adam Spencer, Damon Gameau, Gareth Liddiard and more

2:30-4:00pm
Marc Fennell Meets…
feat. Courtney Barnett, Jacob Banks, Allday and Will Connolly (#EggBoy)

SUNDAY

10:00-11:30am
WOKE BLOKES
feat. Associate Professor Michael Flood, Katrina Irawati Graham, Rhett McLaren and Nick & Stu from SET MO

11.30-12pm
That Movie Guy
Marc Fennell in conversation with Mystify director Richard Lowenstein

12:30-2:00pm
Q&A with Emma Alberici
feat. Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, pill-testing advocate Dr David Caldicott & Will Connolly (#Eggboy)

2:30-4:00pm
Film Screening
Mystify: Michael Hutchence

THE SCIENCE TENT

Science of a Shoey
Quill Darby Fizzics Education

Dr Karl’s Science Trip
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

SPLENDOUR COMEDY CLUB

THURSDAY
Michael Hing, Matt Okine, Melanie Bracewell, & more

FRIDAY
Luke McGregor, Melanie Bracewell, Aaron Gocs, Jess Perkins & more

SATURDAY
Nazeem Hussain, Gen Fricker, Luke McGregor, Matt Okine & more

SUNDAY
Nazeem Hussain, Gen Fricker, Aaron Gocs & more

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