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Published on 14 August 2012

14 August 2012

A public seminar celebrating an achievement that many regard as Australia’s first “gold medal in science” will be held at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Thursday to mark National Science Week.

The seminar will focus on the 100-year-old discoveries in the field of crystallography by Nobel prize winner Lawrence Bragg, who first proposed the Bragg formulation of X-ray diffraction.

X-ray diffraction is an analytical technique that reveals information about the crystal structure, chemical composition and physical properties of materials.

Media and the public are invited to attend the seminar titled “Bragging rights — the story of Australia’s first scientific gold medal” on Thursday 16 August in USC’s Lecture Theatre 7 from 1-2pm.

Structural biologist Professor Jenny Martin, who specialises in protein crystallography and protein interactions at the University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience, will be guest speaker.

Professor Martin said her presentation would centre on the work of Lawrence Bragg and the legacy he left the world.

“I will also discuss how the field he helped found has revolutionised other scientific fields, focusing specifically on medicine and the design and development of new drugs,” she said.

“As an example, I'll explain how we use Bragg's discovery every day in aiming to develop new drugs to overcome antibiotic resistance. The seminar will appeal to anyone interested in Australia leading the world in science and discovery, from high school science students, to current research academics, as well as members of the public.”

Professor Martin has received an Australian Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council and is an honorary fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

— Michelle Widdicombe

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