[ASC-list] AAS Shine Dome open day-Canberra

Sharon Abrahams sharon.abrahams at science.org.au
Thu Sep 17 04:25:16 UTC 2009

Australian Academy of Science's Shine Dome open day

Celebrating 50 years



The iconic Shine Dome, beloved home of the Australian Academy of
Science, celebrates its 50th birthday this year. The Academy will host
its annual open day on Thursday 1 October from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and
will be a special one for this special year.


The day will feature tours of the Dome by three local architects; talks
by two of Australia's top scientists, Professor Jenny Graves and
Professor Neville Fletcher; a talk by the author of the Shine Dome's
50th anniversary book, Dr Alan Roberts; children's entertainment by a
member of Questacon's Excited Particles; footage of the Dome's
construction; rare scientific artefacts; a sausage sizzle; balloons and
activities for the kids; free stuff and more!! See the program below for


The heritage listed Dome was built to house the Australian Academy of
Science with construction beginning in 1958 and finishing in April 1959.
The building was officially opened on 6 May 1959 by the then
Governor-General, Field Marshal Sir William Slim. 


The Dome provides a home for Australian science and scientific
excellence and thanks to the visionary design of Sir Roy Grounds and his
firm Grounds, Romberg and Boyd, it still serves the Academy just as well
as it did 50 years ago. Its unique design reflects Australian innovation
and spirit and is fitting for an organisation that represents
Australia's top scientists.


A book is currently being compiled on the Dome's history by Dr Alan
Roberts, and will be launched and available for sale later in the year.
If you wish to be notified when the Shine Dome 50th anniversary book is
available for purchase, please send an email to: pm at science.org.au.


We hope you can come on the day to see and hear about the Shine Dome and
Australian Science in this 50th anniversary year.


All the best,

Publications and Communications

Australian Academy of Science


Event:             50th anniversary Shine Dome open day


What's on:      Tours by architects, talks by scientists, talk by author
of the Shine Dome 50th anniversary book, film footage, exhibition of
rare scientific artefacts, children's entertainment


Time/Date:     10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Thursday 1 October 2009


Venue:            The Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Acton, Canberra


Program:        10:00               Shine Dome opens

10:30               Talk by historian Dr Alan Roberts, author of the
50th anniversary book

10:30               Tour by architect John Armes

11:00 - 2:00    Roaming entertainment by one of Questacon's Excited

11:30               Tour by architect David Hobbes

12:30               Talk by Professor Jenny Graves on What do Australian
animals tell us about our weird human genomes?

1:00                 Tour by architect David Hobbes

2:00                 Talk by Professor Neville Fletcher on Clouds, rain
and rainmaking: The prospects for Australia

3:00                 Tour by architect Eric Martin

4:00                 Shine Dome closes


For children:  Roaming children's entertainment by a member of
Questacon's Excited Particles team

                        Word hunt, colouring in

                        Helium balloons

                        Free stuff


Food:              Sausage sizzle from 11:00 to 2:00

                        Coffee cart with nibbles from 10:00 onwards.


Contact:         Savita Khiani, (02) 6201 9462, 
Savita.khiani at science.org.au






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