- Catalyst (TV program)
show_name = Catalyst
country = AUS
language = English
num_seasons = 7
first_aired = 2001
last_aired = present
preceded_by = "Quantum" (1985 – 2001)
website = http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/
"Catalyst" is the primary science-journalism television series made by
ABC1. Launched in 2001, it replaced "Quantum", which had ceased the previous year, and screens at 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays.
The show broadcasts stories on scientific themes, particularly significant recent developments and discoveries. It focusses primarily on stories relevant to
Australia, but covers international developments as well. It attempts to convey information in a way that is not only accurate but also interesting and informative to the general population, often discussing the ethical, political, and other implications of scientific discoveries and research as well as the discoveries themselves.
Prime examples of "Catalyst" stories include "Corporate
Psychopaths", [cite web |url=http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/s1360571.htm |title=Catalyst: Corporate Psychopaths - ABC TV Science |accessdate=2008-02-05 |format= |work=Catalyst] "The Truth About Vitamins", [cite web |url=http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/s1331225.htm |title=Catalyst: The Truth About Vitamins - ABC TV Science |accessdate=2008-02-05 |format= |work=Catalyst] and "Smell and Schizophrenia". [cite web |url=http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/s1102403.htm |title=Catalyst: Smell and Schizophrenia - ABC TV Science |accessdate=2008-02-05 |format= |work=Catalyst]
The Catalyst Team
The Catalyst team is composed of specialised
science journalists, each with different specialisations and roles.
Maryanne Demasi, science journalist
Mark Horstman, tropical biologist
Jonica Newby, veterinary scientist
Graham Phillips, science journalist
*Dr Paul Willis, palaeontologist
Richard Smith, marine biologist
Maryke Steffens, microbiologist Karina Kellypresented the programme until Maryanne Demasi joined the team in 2006.
List of Australian television series
NOVA (TV series)
* [http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/ Official Catalyst web site]
* [http://www.abc.net.au/science/ The Lab - ABC science gateway]
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