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The Surfing Scientist to MC TEDxQUT

11 July 2013

The TEDxQUT team are very proud to introduce our Emcee for TEDxQUT, the Surfing Scientist – Ruben Meerman.

Ruben is a reporter on ABC television's Catalyst program and Play School's first ever ‘resident scientist’. Young audiences know him as the ABC's Surfing Scientist through his books and television science demonstrations.

Ruben’s scientific career began as a physicist producing optical coatings for industrial, medical and military lasers but eventually found his true calling in schools and kindergartens where he brings science to life for children. He is passionate about literacy, numeracy, science education and public schools of which he is a proud product… and (safe) explosions!

Ruben will also wow the TEDxQUT audience with his talk “The mathematics of weight loss” in which he will explore questions such as: when someone loses weight, where does it go? What does it become and how does it exit the body? Considering the dramatic rise of obesity and our obsession with body image, you'd think the answer to such a fundamental question would be common knowledge. However nobody Ruben asked knew. Not even the biochemists he spoke to, including two of Australia's most authoritative experts on obesity and fat metabolism and another specialising in omega 3 and omega 6 metabolism, knew precisely what becomes of fat (they knew the end products, but not how much they weighed).

Watch this space for more updates on our exciting list of TEDxQUT speakers and artists.