The Academy’s popular public talks have recently stimulated national discussions on such varied subjects as immortality and the exciting future of plastics, while the first in this year’s Canberra series challenged a full house with gravitational waves and spacetime. The immortality talk in Adelaide was recently broadcast on ABC Radio’s Big Ideas program.

Coming Canberra events include:

  • Exploring the Milky Way on 4 April
  • Science at the Shine Dome on 23–25 May
  • Cleaning up space junk with lasers on 6 June

Talks later this year in several locations across Australia include Australian satellites and where to find them, making better humans with polymers, journeying to the centres of the planets, and Australia’s role in looking for life on Mars. See our website for dates and locations of these fascinating presentations.

Life on the loose in Science at the Shine Dome

23–25 May

Have you registered for the Academy’s annual signature science event, Science at the Shine Dome yet? Now in its 63rd year, this celebration of the best of science will feature more than 40 extraordinary scientists from around Australia—and special international guests—in a fast-paced smorgasbord of new knowledge from across the scientific spectrum. The three-day festival of intellect will be topped off with the ‘Life on the loose’ symposium, which will bring together a diverse set of players in the challenge to understand, eradicate or control invasive species in Australia and what the world has to learn from the giant ecological experiment taking place on our shores in real-time.

The symposium will feature prominent speakers Professor David Richardson, Professor Rick Shine, Professor Emma Johnston and others, who will take us on a journal of why or how species were introduced, the point they became invasive, impacts they are having and the management controls being implemented.

On the days leading up to the symposium, the event will feature presentations by recipients of the Academy’s prestigious awards for their extraordinary achievements in science, and the small number of outstanding scientists who have been admitted to the Academy as Fellows. Much of the event is open to the public.

More information on Science at the Shine Dome

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