The Digital Media Research Centre is heading to Woodford!

After the success of our panel at Woodford 2022, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve been invited back for a second year!

The DMRC is bringing a diverse fusion of 4 workshops and panels, spanning across both the main program and the children’s festival. Our expert line-up will delve into topics like AI, Political Polarisation, Climate Confusion in QLD, and much more.

AI and Society: Dan Angus (Moderator), Jean Burgess, Aleesha Rodriguez and Daniel Whelan-Shamy

This thought-provoking talk explores the intersection of AI and society. QUT’s panel of experts will provide unique perspectives on the impact of automation in our daily lives, covering generative AI, algorithmic advertising, government systems, and more.

Fri, Dec 29 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM  Evergreens

Play as a Digital Child: Aleesha Rodriguez, Aimee Hourigan, Phoebe Matich, Benson Rajan (part of the children’s festival) 

Discover the digital world with the Digital Media Research Centre from QUT. Through imaginative play and natural objects, these workshops are designed to encourage active digital citizenship. Ages 6-15

Thu, Dec 28 | 10:10AM – 11:40AM  Puppet Joint
Sun, Dec 31 | 1:10PM – 2:40PM  Big Paint

Denialists, sceptics and contrarians: sowing climate confusion in Queensland, Australia, and beyond:  Dan Angus (Moderator), Carly Lubicz, Caroline Gardam and Ned Watt

Join an expert panel for a discussion on online climate change misinformation in Queensland. Discover the motivations behind disinformation, and explore fact-checking and debunking strategies. Gain insights into the complex issue of climate change and work towards a more sustainable future.

Fri, Dec 29 | 7:15PM – 8:15PM  Evergreens

Political Polarisation with the DMRC,  Polarisation, Radicalisation and Cult-Like Behaviour: Sebastian Svegaard, Katharina Esau and Tariq Choucair

Explore online political polarisation with experts on our panel. Discover the DMRC Laureate team’s innovative analytical framework, assessing polarisation’s extent and dynamics in six nations, including Australia. Understand this crucial issue’s dimensions for robust defence of our democracy.

Sat, Dec 30 | 11:30AM – 12:30PM  Evergreens


Author and podcaster Sarah Steel (Do As I Say, Let’s Talk About Sects) hosts a panel discussion with researchers from QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre around the dynamics of polarisation – when it’s harmless, and when it can contribute to radicalisation and threaten our democracy.

Sun, Dec 31 | 7:30PM – 8:30PM  Evergreens
Sun, Dec 31 | 7:30PM – 8:30PM  Sarah Steel  Evergreens

Be part of this enriching dialogue and support the DMRC as we engage in vital discussions shaping our world. Plus, explore an array of incredible acts from all corners of Australia and the globe!

Get your tickets today via the link 👉 #QUTResearch