Will today’s science fiction be tomorrow’s science fact?

Bernie Hobbs, moderator and judge on ABC TV’s The New Inventors.

Bernie Hobbs, moderator and judge on ABC TV’s The New Inventors.

Will today’s science fiction be tomorrow’s science fact?

Penrith Talks: Innovation returns to answer that question on October 18 at The Joan, with a panel of expert guest speakers discussing the transformative role of innovation in design, engineering and technology, both now and into the future.

Bernie Hobbs, judge on ABC TV’s The New Inventors and presenter of the Dear Science Podcast, returns to moderate a dynamic conversation between Dr Jordan Nguyen - engineer and founder of Psykinetic- and Professor Jonathon Allen, head of the Academy, Western Sydney University.

With design, engineering and technology changing the world from one minute to the next, join our guest speakers as they look to the future and discuss what’s on the horizon for western Sydney and beyond.

Penrith Mayor John Thain said innovation had the capacity to shape the region over the years to come.

“Driverless cars, robotics, advanced renewable energy and storage, virtual reality and other disruptive technologies have the potential to transform our lives in the very near future,” Cr Thain said.

“With technology in particular moving at such a pace, I’m excited to hear what our panel of speakers believe the world of tomorrow is going to look like, and how we can harness some of those ideas today.

“Can we accurately envisage, anticipate and act on advances in design, engineering and technology to make the most of them? I believe we can.

“Penrith is already experiencing an innovation boom and cementing itself as the innovative hub of Western Sydney.

“You need only look towards the Western Sydney University and the development of Sydney Science Park to see how deeply innovation is embedded within our City. Penrith is already brave, inventive and exciting and we are working to create spaces where innovation can thrive.

“Council is always investigating ways we can actively foster the innovative and creative talents that are so abundant within our community. We need to bring this kind of outside-the-box inventive thinking to the fore.”

Penrith Talks: Innovation is a series of four events designed to connect thought leaders and innovators with like-minded and interested western Sydney locals.

The event takes place on Wednesday, October 18, 5.30pm for a 6pm start, finishing at 8pm, at the Q Theatre, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.

This is a free event, however those attending should RSVP to events@penrith.city or phone 4732 7483 (maximum four tickets). For further information, please visit the Penrith Talks: Innovation website at penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/PenrithTalks/