Statement in response to “scientific duel”

5 September 2020

On 4th September 2020, Dr Peter Ridd posted on Facebook and issued a media release about a so-called “scientific duel” to be held between him and AIMS’ Dr Paul Hardisty in Townsville next month.

This event has been set-up and advertised without Dr Hardisty’s knowledge or consent, complete with a venue, format, timings, and pre-determined topics. Dr Hardisty was not party to these arrangements in any way. No formal proposal has been made to him, nor has he been involved in a dialogue about this purported event.

This is not a constructive or collegiate way to advance science.

As Australia’s national marine science agency we will continue to take part in appropriate and respectful scientific discourse carried out in good faith, and remain focused on delivering solutions for the nation.

Media contact

John Liston, Corporate Communication Manager; j.liston@aims.gov.au, 0407 102 684 (time zone is UTC +8)