[ASC-list] BrisScience : Plugging into our future: the research powering the energy debate

Lynelle Ross l.ross at smp.uq.edu.au
Mon Oct 26 06:41:08 UTC 2009


PLUGGING INTO OUR FUTURE: THE RESEARCH POWERING THE ENERGY DEBATE
BrisScience in partnership with the Australian Academy of  
Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) on the occasion of  
ATSE’s 32nd National Symposium - Future-proofing Australia: Rising to  
the Challenge of Climate Change
Australia’s energy requirements are growing every year, with  
Queensland’s consumption increasing more quickly than anywhere else.  
But what will feed this growth over the next ten or fifty years? With  
climate change at crisis point, low emission technologies and  
renewable energy will be essential for Australia’s energy future.
There is healthy debate, however, amongst environmentalists,  
engineers, governments, and residents as to what those technologies  
should be. Should we be building wind generators, installing solar  
panels or investing in carbon capture and storage? Will geothermal and  
wave power be viable? What about nuclear energy? Most importantly,  
what are the costs, benefits and risks of the upcoming technologies,  
and how will they affect you, the consumer?
Join Dr Joel Gilmore and a team of expert panelists as they discuss  
the merits and implications of a range of current and future  
technologies – from wind to solar to clean coal, and more – in this  
special BrisScience session in partnership with ATSE.
Panelists include:
     * John Loughhead, Executive Director, UK Energy Research Centre
     * Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg – Director, Global Change  
Institute, UQ
     * Professor Kelly Thambimuthu, FTSE – Director, Centre for Coal  
Energy Technology (CCETech), UQ
     * Peter Meurs – Managing Director, Worley Parsons

Venue: State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 1
Date: Tuesday 17 November, 2009 @ 6.30 pm (Doors open at 6 pm)
Questions? Contact Lynelle (l.ross at smp.uq.edu.au)


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UPCOMING BRISSCIENCE TALKS visit www.BrisScience.org for further  
details.

30 November - Len Fisher, UK Author of Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game  
Theory in Everyday Life, How to Dunk a Doughnut: The Science of  
Everyday Life, Weighing the Soul: The Evolution of Scientific Ideas,  
and The Perfect Swarm: The Science of Complexity in Everyday Life. In  
partnership with the Brisbane Writers Festival, BrisScience proudly  
presents Opening the Door to Science
IgNobel Prize winning physicist, Len Fisher, has captured the public  
imagination with his personal approach to popular science writing.  
Topics range from the physics of biscuit dunking to the use of the  
mathematics of co-operation to help resolve resource depletion and  
global warming.
WHEN: 6 pm – 7 pm
WHERE: State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 1
Questions? Contact Lynelle Ross

14 December - Dr Daryl Cooper, University of California, Santa Barbara

IMPORTANT BRISSCIENCE ANNOUNCEMENT
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to refurbishment. BrisScience is currently looking at alternative  
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OTHER SCIENCE RELATED EVENTS
ATSE 32nd National Symposium - Future-proofing Australia: Rising to  
the Challenge of Climate Change
Visit www.atse.org.au/index.php?sectionid=1019 for more information

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Australian Institute of Physics International Year of Astronomy Series
Professor Brian Boyle will discuss his work on the The  Square  
Kilometre Array.
Thursday 12 November 2009, Winterford Room, Regatta Hotel, Coronation  
Drive @ 6.30 pm
Stretching over a continent and comprised of over 5000 antennas, the  
Square Kilometre Array is proposed to be the world's largest radio  
telescope and one of the most ambitious pieces of scientific  
infrastructure ever built.  It will address some of the key questions  
of 21st century astronomy and physics and act as an scientific icon
for generations to come.
I will outline the international project which aims to build this  
telescope by the end of next decade, and describe some of the  
transformational scientific projects that will be done with the  
telescope.  I will also describe current SKA activities in Australia  
developments, including construction of the Australian SKA Pathfinder  
telescope at the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory in Western  
Australia over the coming four years.  With Southern Africa, Australia  
is currently one of two countries short-listed to host this $2.5b  
telescope.
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 From your friendly BrisScience Co-ordinators, Joel and Lynelle
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The University of Queensland,
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