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Dr Karl and Costa to feature at SLEX 2010

Renowned science commentator and Triple J presenter Dr Karl Kruszelnicki will provide the keynote address at Armidale’s fourth Sustainable Living Expo (SLEX), being held on October 29, 30 and 31.

The major sponsor for SLEX 2010 is again the University of New England (UNE), with this year’s guest speakers providing all you need to know on how to transition to a healthier, happier and more sustainable lifestyle in a cost effective way.

“The theme of this year’s expo is Live Learn Act and Dr Karl will provide the keynote address, titled ‘Great Moments in Science – Laugh and Learn’, on Friday 29 October as one of several special guest appearances at the event,” SLEX 2010 Co-ordinator Phil Johnston said.

“Dr Karl is the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the University of Sydney and each week on Triple J more than 300,000 listeners tune into his radio science show. He has qualifications in Physics and Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering (he designed and built a machine to pick up electrical signals from the human retina, for Fred Hollows), and Medicine and Surgery. The fact that we have been able to attract a guest speaker of the caliber of Dr Karl is indicative of the success of SLEX and the high regard that the expo is now held in.”

Also attending SLEX 2010 as a guest speaker is the popular Costa Georgiadis from SBS TV’s Costa’s Garden Odyssey. Costa is a landscape architect with an all-consuming passion for plants and people. He took his very first steps in life on his godfather’s farm near Mudgee, and this connection with the land is constantly being fuelled through courses, field days, landscape design and involvement in ongoing workshops in Regenerative Agriculture across the country. Costa will be on hand to demonstrate how waste building materials can be reused to start your very own backyard revolution.

“Costa’s Garden Odyssey is a groundbreaking series that provides Costa with a vehicle to do what he does best – spread his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community in a way never seen before on Australian television,” Mr Johnston said.“One of the key themes of the program is to show us all how to tread lightly – embracing nature’s cycles and seasons, investigating and championing our local produce from it’s source, and illustrating that in gardens, plants aren’t the only things that grow… people do too.”

Other highlights of the expo weekend will include a range of hands-on demonstrations and the University of New England SLEX 2010 Speaker Program featuring a line-up of experts discussing topics such as Education for Sustainability, Carbon Trading and Regional Biodiversity and Forestry. The popular Sustainable Living House and Farm Tours are back again and not to be missed.

SLEX 2010 will be held at Civic and Curtis Parks. Further information about times and bookings for the guest speakers will be released soon. For further information regarding the expo, visit or call 02 6770 3944.

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