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Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson

He’s been researching and tracking great white sharks around the world for the past fifteen years and is now one of the world’s leading shark scientists. Kiwi expat Ryan Johnson will be one of the key international guests at this year’s festival.

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Dr Bunhead - Tom Pringle

Dr Bunhead - Tom Pringle

Are you ready to be awed by a Guinness World Record spud bazooka, liquid-nitrogen-cooled stunt bananas, the world's biggest indoor cloud, chocolate-powered flamethrowers and “heaps of other science stuff that your teacher never did in school” ?

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James Piercy

James Piercy

A science communicator from the UK, James experienced first hand how much a brain trauma can change your life after a bad car accident in 2011. He will tell the story of his recovery, and discuss traumatic brain injury with local experts.

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Dr Graham Walker

Dr Graham Walker

Dr Graham Walker’s mind-bending science shows include launching marshmallows out of a vacuum cleaner, making rockets from common household items, and attempting to persuade water to defy gravity.

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Prof Terry Collins

Prof Terry Collins

"Science and technology have given us unprecedented powers to shape the world to our liking. But in the exercise of our new powers, sustainability challenges have arrived to mock our understanding of their real value and to assert that they entail no less than life-or-death sovereignty over all living things.”

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