3 July 2014
Leading Australian writer, scientist and conservationist Professor Tim Flannery will present a free public lecture as part of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s 2014 Research Week at Sippy Downs from Monday 14 July to Friday 18 July.
Professor Flannery, a former Australian of the Year and Australian Humanist of the Year, has named 25 living and 50 fossil mammal species and was described by Sir David Attenborough as a great explorer.
Currently at Sydney’s Macquarie University, Professor Flannery’s pivotal book on global warming, ‘The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth’, was a New York Times bestseller.
USC Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Roland De Marco said he was delighted that Professor Flannery would join USC’s research showcase and speak at its Innovation Centre auditorium from 6pm to 7.30pm on Thursday 17 July.
Professor De Marco said the week was an opportunity for the wider community to see and hear about the diverse research underway at USC, as staff and students celebrated their outstanding achievements of the past year and joined workshops to further their career development.
This year’s theme is “Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate – Research That Matters”.
Two more free seminars designed for the public will be:
- ‘Health research’ by Dr David McMillan (new vaccines for infectious diseases) and Dr Joanne Macdonald (DNA-based computing) on Tuesday 15 July from 5.30-8pm;
- ‘Writers Speak’ by internationally published and awarded authors at USC, Associate Professor Gary Crew, Dr Paul Williams and Dr Ross Watkins on Wednesday 16 July from 5-6pm.
Professor De Marco said popular research competitions were returning, with a prize pool of $11,350 across 11 categories.
“The short, sharp finals of the Three Minute Thesis and A Minute To Win It will be entertaining on the Friday morning and we’re looking forward to some excellent new exhibits in the second annual Art in Research competition,” he said.
Research Expo and Poster Displays will be available for viewing during the week.
Two external speakers will be Associate Professor Tamara Davis, a cosmologist and Australian Research Council Future Fellow working in astrophysics at the University of Queensland; and Dr David Barnes, a radio astronomer and Senior Research Fellow at Monash University working on visualisation techniques for telescopes.
USC’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) Professor Karen Nelson will lead a forum about higher education in research on Monday while Associate Professor of Nursing Patrea Andersen will discuss Nursing Science research on Friday.
Professor Tim Flannery appears by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International.
— Julie Schomberg