[ASC-list] Evolution everywhere - register your events

Niall Byrne niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
Wed Feb 4 20:57:02 UTC 2009

Charles Darwin's birthday-12 February-is almost upon us. Tickets for the
party are still available. 

I'm writing to tell you about the evolution events happening in February
and to ask that if you are running an event celebrating Darwin and
Evolution, to register it on the evolution festival website

This is the first of series of email bulletins we'll send to people
running evolution events or with an interest in evolution. 

The Melbourne celebrations kick off with a church service this Sunday,
followed by a conference, a series of free public lectures, and Darwin's
birthday party at Melbourne Museum next Thursday 12 February. 

In Sydney, Steve Jones speaks about the end of human evolution at a free
lecture tomorrow. He's also talking in Melbourne on Sunday 8 and Monday
9 February. Michael Ruse will talk about whether Darwinism has passed
its "sell by" date in Melbourne on Tuesday 10 February and in Sydney on
Tuesday 17 February. 

The major Darwin exhibition continues at the National Museum in Canberra
to March. 

And there are another 40 or so events on in February and March. Some of
these are promoted in adverts kindly supplied by New Scientist and
Cosmos. We also acknowledge the generous support of Science Minister
Carr through the Commonwealth Department of Innovation, Industry,
Science & Research; the State Government of Victoria; and the University
of Melbourne. Together they are supporting the national promotion and
branding of evolution events. 

If you are running a Darwin-related event please register it at our
website so we can include it in future bulletins and promotions.

Kind regards,


Niall Byrne,

On behalf of Phil Batterham and the Evolution Festival. 



Celebrating Darwin at Saint Paul's - Sunday 8 Feb

Eat your way through 4 billion years of evolution - Thursday 12 Feb

Darwin and: the Big bang, human history, disease and financial crisis -
free public lectures, Melbourne

Dining with Darwin, Darwinism and human evolution - Sydney

More events around Australia

Celebrating Darwin at Saint Paul's - Sunday 8 Feb 

A church service is probably the last thing you would expect to kick off
a year-long celebration of evolution-but that's exactly what's happening
at St Paul's Anglican Cathedral in Melbourne at 2 pm on Sunday 8

Entitled Science and Faith: the Intersection the service will be the
first official event of Evolution - the Festival, a public celebration
of 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin and 150 years since the
publication of the book in which he set out his theory of evolution by
natural selection, On the Origin of Species. 

2009 is also the International Year of Astronomy, celebrating 400 years
since Galileo first pointed a telescope at the sky.

All are welcome at the service, says its organiser, the Dean of St
Paul's, the Right Revd Dr Mark Burton. There will be something for

As well as the discussion of science and faith, the service will include
the unveiling of a new work by performance poet, Cameron Semmens and
incorporate singing by popular entertainer Richard Thomas. In addition,
there will be a small display which will include two Aboriginal
paintings of the origin of life and a first edition of Darwin's book.

Eat your way through 4 billion years of evolution - Thursday 12 Feb

Melbourne will host a unique dinner to celebrate Charles Darwin's 200th
birthday on 12 February at Melbourne Museum.  

Guests will eat their way through the evolutionary tree - from
primordial soup through the first life on Earth to the mammals. 

The menu was developed by John Long, one of Australia's leading
palaeontologists and head of science at Melbourne Museum. 

The birthday party is open to the public and will include
evolution-themed entertainment.

*	Details and bookings at
*	Media release at http://www.scienceinpublic.com/blog/?p=55 

Darwin and: the Big bang, human history, disease and financial crisis -
free public lectures, Melbourne

A series of free public lectures is being held at the Melbourne
Convention Centre. A host of Australian and international speakers will
talk on topics including the use of DNA to map out human history, the
impact of evolution on music and culture, cattle dogs, climate change
and the global financial crisis.

*         Charles Darwin in Australia - Frank Nicholas, 8 February 4pm

*         Big Bang to Big Bust! Evolution from Start to Finish - Brian
Schmidt, Steve Jones and David Karoly, 8 February 6pm

*         Tracing 100,000 years of human history with DNA - Marcus
Feldman, 9 February 6pm

*         Darwin's impact on the arts in Australia - Ted Gott, Jeanette
Hoorn, and Amelia Scurry, 9 February 6pm

*         Darwin's Ventriloquists - Jon Marks, 9 February 7pm

*         Is human evolution over? - Steve Jones, 9 February 8pm

*         What can dogs tell us about evolution - Bill Ballard and Taz,
10 February 6pm

*         Has Darwinism passed its "sell by" date? Reflections on the
Origin of Species at 150 years - Michael Ruse, 10 February 6pm

*         Responding to global climate change - Tim Flannery, Michael
Kearney, Lynda Chambers, 10 February 7.30pm

*         Dinosaurs and the Hobbit - Robert Bakker and Bert Roberts, 11
February 5pm

*         How can evolution help us to understand and prevent disease? -
Randolph Nesse, 11 February 6pm 

*         Darwin and the global financial crisis: the evolutionary
psychology of conspicuous consumption - Geoffrey Miller, 11 February 7pm

*         Music, Society and Evolution - Alan Harvey, 11 February 8pm


Also in Melbourne: films at ACMI; tours and events at the Botanic
Gardens; writers at the Convent; a quest to find the founders and
survivors of Tasmanian convicts; a public forum on climate change;
exhibitions at Melbourne Museum and the State Library - full details on
the web. 

Dining with Darwin, Darwinism and human evolution - Sydney

In Sydney, events include public talks, a birthday dinner, launches and

*         Is human evolution over? - Steve Jones, 5 February 6.30pm

Evolution dinner: Dining with Darwin at the Pavilion Restaurant, Sydney.
Jennifer Byrne comperes a lively discussion with experts Clive Hamilton,
Hugh Possingham and Nicole Kuepper, 11 February 6.30pm

Is Darwinism past its "sell by" date?  Reflections on the Origin of
Species at 150 years - Michael Ruse, 17 February 6.30pm


Also, coming up in March:

*         Exhibition: Charles Darwin - voyages and ideas that shook the
world, at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, 20 March - 23


We have found some additional Sydney events that are not yet listed on
the evolution website, so you'll have to google these:

*         Dennis Dutton in a tribute to Darwin and the launch of his new
book The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure and Human Evolution - 12
February 5.45pm

*         Tim Entwhistle and scientists of the Botanic Gardens Trust
celebrate Darwin's birthday with cupcakes at the launch of a new
landscape installation (which stays open until 24 November) reflecting
our understanding of biodiversity and evolution - 12 February 10.30am 

*         Discussion and video to celebrate the 200th anniversary of
Darwin's birth at the Humanist Society of NSW - 8 March 4pm

More events around Australia


*         Exhibition: Charles Darwin - the reluctant revolutionary, at
the Queensland Museum, Brisbane, 12 February - 31 December

*         Darwin Day celebration film night with a showing of the
docudrama 'Flock of Dodos - the evolution - intelligent design circus' -
12 February (this one is also not on the website, please google it)


Northern Territory

*         Exhibition: Supercrocodilians - Darwin's ultimate survival
story, at the Flinders Gallery, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern
Territory, 12 February - 29 November 

*         Find your inner fish - a talk by Ranger Mark Carter at Olive
Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs (this one is also not on the website,
please google it)



*         Charles Darwin Symposium, National Museum of Australia - 26

*         Exhibition: Generate - an exhibition by Julie Ryder at the
Australian National Botanic Gardens - until 26 March

*         Exhibitions: Darwin, and an accompanying exhibition Darwin and
Australia, at the National Museum of Australia - until 29 March


Other NSW

*         Flock of Dodos: film and discussion for high school teachers
and students, hosted by Charles Sturt University, in both Albury and
Wagga Wagga - 10 February





Niall Byrne

Science in Public


ph +61 (3) 9398 1416 or 0417 131 977

niall at scienceinpublic.com.au

Full contact details at www.scienceinpublic.com





Niall Byrne


Science in Public

26 Railway Street South, Altona Vic 3018


ph +61 (3) 9398 1416 or 0417 131 977

niall at scienceinpublic.com.au <mailto:niall at scienceinpublic.com.au> 


Full contact details at www.scienceinpublic.com


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