#119: Prof Robin Batterham AO on Science & Truth

By Jordan Michaelides
May 21, 2019

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Professor Robin Batterham AO is a Chemical Engineer, Former Chief Scientist of Australia (1999-2006), Former Chief Technologist at Rio Tinto, Kernot Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Melbourne University, and Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) amongst many other titles.

Robin is one of the clearest thinkers I’ve ever met on the podcast. He embodies the mindset of brilliant scientists before him, and particularly my favourite in Richard Feynman - where he shows not only technical nous but a clear ability to explain some of the most complex topics in the easiest ways.  

In this episode we covered:

  • Soil carbon and climate change

  • Regenerative farming

  • The politicisation of climate policy

  • Energy policy & Nuclear energy

  • Getting excited about engineering

  • Teamwork for innovation

  • Ideas vs Execution

Enjoy the episode!

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00:53 - Introduction

02:30 - Wood, trees and soil

09:50 - Soil carbon and climate change

13:33 - Regenerative farming

17:00 - Politicisation of climate policy

27:35 - Energy policy, Nuclear

37:05 - Fusion energy

43:40 - Getting excited about engineering

50:00 - Fond memories of Brighton Grammar

54:40 - Teamwork for innovation

01:04:13 - Ideas vs Execution

01:13:20 - Daily routine

01:19:15 - Best purchase under $200

01:20:50 - If he could have a billboard anywhere