[ASC-list] Symposium in Canberra: Evolution of life, the universe and everything

Sharon Abrahams sharon.abrahams at science.org.au
Wed Apr 1 05:26:46 UTC 2009

The Australian Academy of Science will be holding a symposium on Friday
8 May called Evolution of the Universe, the planets, life and thought as
part of the Academy's peak annual event Science at the Shine Dome. 

The symposium is a tribute to the inspiration provided by the work of
two giants of science, Galileo and Darwin. This year is the 200th
anniversary of Darwin's birth; the 150th anniversary of the publication
his landmark book, The origin of species; 400 years since Galileo
founded modern astronomy by turning a telescope to the sky; and the
International Year of Astronomy.


Topics will include:


*	Evidence for life in space 
*	Evolution of behaviour 
*	Creation of the Universe 
*	Evolution of life on Earth 
*	Evolution of the Laws of Physics 
*	Evolution of reproduction 
*	Dark energy 
*	Extrasolar planets 


International guests will include evolutionary biologist Olivia Judson
(aka Dr Tatiana) from Imperial College, UK who appeared on Australian
televisions in Dr Tatiana's sex advice to all creation. She will be
presenting on the evolution of reproduction in her presentation Glad to
have evolved.


Professor Mike Turner from the University of Chicago will be discussing
the Creation and evolution of the Universe: From before the big bang to
the end of time.


Professor Euan Nisbet from the University of London will discuss Darwin
the geologist: His relevance to 21st century Earth science.


The program is located here: www.science.org.au/sats2009/symposium.htm


The online registration and payment details are located here:
www.science.org.au/sats2009/registration.htm. Please use the 'General'
category to register for the Friday symposium.


All enquiries should be directed to Savita Khiani:


Email: savita.khiani at science.org.au
<mailto:savita.khiani at science.org.au> 
Facsimile: 02 6201 9494
Phone: 02 6201 9462


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