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Professor Peter Ridd

Live at LibertyFest

Sacked for speaking out about Climate Change

  • Peter Ridd will speak on issues relating to Climate Change, his case and control of thought at universities
  • VIP Ticket Holders can meet Peter Ridd in the Liberty Lounge between sessions

Why Was Peter Sacked For Speaking Out?

On 2 May, 2018, Professor Peter Ridd received a letter from James Cook University (JCU) terminating his employment. JCU had sacked him because he dared to question the university and speak the truth about science and the Great Barrier Reef.

This issue started back in August 2017 when he appeared on Sky News with Alan Jones to discuss his chapter in the Institute of Public Affairs’ Climate Change the Facts 2017. He made the following comments:

“The basic problem is that we can no longer trust the scientific organisations like the Australian Institute of Marine Science, even things like the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies – a lot of this is stuff is coming out, the science is coming out not properly checked, tested or replicated and this is a great shame because we really need to be able to trust our scientific institutions and the fact is I do not think we can any more.”

His eventual sacking, stemming from these comments, kicked off a legal fight that is yet to be resolved but will cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars. To assist with legal fees he embarked on a crowdfunding campaign that has raised over $200,000 to cover some of these costs.

Peter will discuss the details of his case, the circumstances that lead to his sacking and the effect JCU’s actions are having on academic freedom generally.

Who is Peter Ridd?

Peter Ridd is a geophysicist with over 100 publications in international journals and over 30 years working on the Great Barrier Reef. He has interests in coastal oceanography, the effects of sediments on coral reefs, instrument development, geophysical sensing of the earth, and mangrove swamp hydrodynamics. Until recently he worked at James Cook University with his very successful consulting group in the Marine Geophysics Laboratory working on the development of instruments including sediment deposition sensors, tilt current meters, and mine paste pipe monitors. He also works on applications to agriculture and weed control including an automated weed-killing robot and non-invasively sensing defects in fruit.

He now works as an independent scientist working to improve quality systems in science and on weed-killing robotics.

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