Speaker Bios


- Science Communication Trainers Network Honorary Speaker -


Dr. Lindy Orthia

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Dr. Lindy Orthia is a non-Indigenous researcher who lives and works in Canberra (Kambri), Australia, on country cared for by Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples and their ancestors since time immemorial. Lindy is a research officer for a non-profit organisation and honorary faculty at the Australian National University School of Sociology, having previously worked as a science communication academic for over a decade at the Australian National University Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. Her science communication research has often focused on science communication history, science in popular fiction, and inclusion and diversity in science communication, and in all her research endeavours her abiding concern is the social politics of knowledge. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers and chapters and has edited two books: Doctor Who and Race (2013, Intellect) and Doctor Who and Science (2021, McFarland, with Marcus K. Harmes). She is currently editing her third book, Queering Science Communication (in prep., for Bristol University Press, with Tara Roberson).



Twitter: @lindyorthia



- Keynote Speaker -


Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

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Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is a physician, epidemiologist, educator, author, speaker, and podcast host. His newsletter, The Incision, cuts to the heart of the trends shaping our moment. He is a commentator at CNN. His three books include Healing Politics, calling for a politics of empathy to cure our epidemic of insecurity, and Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide with Dr. Micah Johnson. He is the host of “America Dissected,” a podcast by Crooked Media, which goes beyond the headlines to explore what really matters for our health. He is a Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and a Senior Fellow at the FXB Center for Health & Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, teaching at the intersection of public health, public policy, and politics. In addition, he is a Scholar-in-Residence at Wayne State University and American University. He is formerly the health director for the city of Detroit and candidate for governor of Michigan in 2018.