Jay Katz and Miss Death

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Ages: 13+

Duration: 60 mins

Have you ever wondered which Sci-Fi films are more fiction than science?

Film legends Jay Katz and Miss Death will be joined by scientists and film-buffs from The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney to debunk the premise of some of the world’s most loved Sci-Fi films.

Join experts in plant science as they explore the science behind your favourite contemporary and classic Sci-Fi films in this free, online event.

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Uncover answers to these questions and much more!

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Jay Katz and Miss Death


Jaimie Leonarder (SBS Movie Show, Love and Anarchy) and Aspasia Leonarder (FBi Naked City) are co-curators of the Mu-Meson Archives, a repository of film, literature and vinyl, and co-hosts of the Naked World podcast.

For well over three decades, they have provided Sydney with a range of experimental cultural events that explore the fringes of film, music and philosophy.

Brittany Mitchell


Brittany is a PhD candidate with research interests in amphibian conservation in an ever-changing world – more specifically on the effect human activity and climate has on amphibian behaviour, ecology, and immunology. Although her research is based on frogs, she is also a science educator for the Botanic Gardens and loves teaching the younger generation about plants and their vital importance to all life on earth.

Dr James Clugston


James is a systematic botanist with a broad interest in morphological and genetic diversity of both angiosperms and gymnosperms. James’ current projects use novel molecular DNA sequencing techniques to address taxonomic questions and identify genetic diversity in the pea family (Fabaceae) and the cycads (Cycadales).

Dr Trevor C.Wilson


Trevor is a Postdoctoral Fellow with research interests in evolutionary systematics, taxonomy and pollination. Trevor’s main focus includes the mint family (Lamiaceae), which is one of the largest plant families, consisting of many medicinally and economically valuable species. This family is in need of greater understanding in Australia, and Trevor has been responsible for creating tools to identify its species, describing new species, and understanding its evolution in Australia.

Ryan P. O'Donnell


Ryan is a systematic botanist and writer with research interests in plant systematics, taxonomy, evolution and conservation. Ryan's research integrates molecular and morphological lines of evidence to resolve species boundaries in taxonomically challenging groups. Prior to becoming a botanist, Ryan worked as an opera singer, voice actor and filmmaker.

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