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Suzanne Cory

Professor Cory to promote the promise of science in Boyer Lectures

Professor Suzanne Cory
ABC Radio
1 pm on 6, 13, 20 and 27 September

Immediate Past President of the Academy, Professor Suzanne Cory AC FAA FRS, will present this year’s prestigious Boyer Lectures.

Professor Cory is one of Australia’s most distinguished molecular biologists whose research has had a major impact on the understanding of immunology and the development of cancer. She will deliver the four-part lecture series on ‘The promise of science: a vision of hope’.

Each year, the ABC’s Boyer Lectures are given by prominent Australians on major social, scientific or cultural issues.

The 2014 Boyer Lecture series will be broadcast on ABC Radio National on Saturday 6, 13, 20 and 27 September at 1pm, and repeated at 8pm on Tuesdays.

Lloyd Rees Lecture 2014: How superconductivity has changed your life

Cathy Foley

Dr Cathy Foley
2.30 pm, Thursday 11 September 2014
CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Bayview Avenue Entrance, Clayton Victoria

Superconductivity has been around for more than 100 years. Researchers in this area have won six Nobel Prizes in physics, and a very large number of scientists and engineers are working in the research field.

In this lecture, Dr Cathy Foley will explain what we understand about this exciting but baffling property that many materials possess when they are cooled down past a critical temperature.

This lecture forms part of a series by distinguished researchers in chemical physics, in recognition of the contributions of the late Dr A L G Rees FAA to science, industry and education.

Book your seat through Peter Hannaford by email: or phone: (03) 9214 5164.

Find out more about the Lloyd Rees Lecture

Nuclear reprogramming: past, present and prospects

Professor Sir John Gurdon
5:30 pm, 27 September 2014
Shine Dome, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra

The Academy will host a public lecture by Nobel Prize winner Professor Sir John Gurdon FRS on 27 September at 5.30 pm. Professor Gurdon will review the history of nuclear reprogramming of cells by various procedures and discuss what is known about the mechanisms involved.

Professor Gurdon will also be presenting a plenary lecture at ComBio 2014 in Canberra on 28 September – 2 October.

Science Stars of Tomorrow: venom evolution and climate extremes

Bryan Fry; Lisa Alexander

Shine Dome, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra

The Academy’s ‘Science Stars of Tomorrow’ public speaker series continued in July and August with talks by Associate Professor Bryan Fry on the evolution of venom and Dr Lisa Alexander on extreme climate events.

This thought-provoking series aims to bring the work of high achieving young scientists directly to the general public.

Upcoming talks include:

The talks are held at the Shine Dome in Canberra, preceded by refreshments, and tickets are only $6. They are livestreamed and are also published for later viewing on the Academy’s YouTube channel.

More information on Science Stars of Tomorrow

Third Australian Earth System Outlook Conference

8–9 December 2014
Shine Dome, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra

Registrations are now open for the third Earth System Science outlook conference.

The Cities in Future Earth conference will gather together leading thinkers to examine the environmental, economic and social issues surrounding urbanisation. The conference is being organised by the National Committee for Earth System Science.

Researchers, students, policy makers and the interested public are welcome to attend. You can register here.

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