[ASC-list] Reception Sydney, Thursday 4 February; Tall Ships; Dawkins and other Darwin celebrations

Niall Byrne niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
Mon Feb 1 04:52:19 UTC 2010

Join Chris Darwin and National Geographic's Genographic team to
celebrate Darwin's 201st birthday, and hear of plans for this year - the
UN International Year of Biodiversity. 

I'm writing to invite you to one of two receptions marking the
conclusion of Evolution the Festival - the year-long celebration of
Charles Darwin and evolution. 

The first is at the Australian Museum in Sydney this Thursday 4 February
from 5 to 6 pm - details below. Please RSVP by Tuesday 2 February. 

And pencil in 24 February for a Melbourne reception coinciding with tall
ship Stad Amsterdam's visit as part of the recreation of the voyage of
the Beagle. More details nearer the time. 

We will be issuing a final bulletin of Darwin-related events next week
so please also let us know of any activities your organisation has
planned for the next two months. 

Please also let us know about events you've been involved in. We will be
reporting back to Minister Carr on the breadth and depth of activities
held across Australia and hope to demonstrate to him the benefits of
investing in collaborations such as the Evolution Festival. 


Niall Byrne 
for Phil Batterham and Evolution the Festival


Celebrating the Evolution Festival and Darwin's 201st birthday

 5-6 pm, Thursday 4 February, Australian Museum, corner of College &
William Street (enter via William Street Business Entrance)

In the Surviving Australia Gallery


*         Chris Darwin: great great grandson of Charles Darwin

*         Spencer Wells: Explorer-in-Residence and Director, The
Genographic Project, National Geographic Society, and the principal
investigators from around the world

*         Phil Batterham: Director, Evolution the Festival

*         Michael Harvey: Head of Exhibitions, Australian Museum

Hear about research into our deep ancestry, Chris Darwin's DNA revealed,
and find out how you can be involved in the UN International Year of
Biodiversity. Refreshments provided.

RSVP by Tuesday 2 February to Niall Byrne, 03 9398 1416, 0417 131 977 or
niall at scienceinpublic.com.au 

Parking available for $12 - instructions at

Beagle Project comes to Australia: a tall ship recreates the voyage of
the Beagle

Clipper Stad Amsterdam, a three-mast tall ship, will be visiting
Australia during February and March as part of the global Beagle

The Beagle project is a year-long voyage with an international crew of
scientists, philosophers, historians, artists and biographers crossing
the oceans of the world, from Brazil to Patagonia, and from the Andes
mountain range to the Galapagos Islands. Stad Amsterdam will sail the
Pacific Ocean to Australia and pass through the Cape of Good Hope. 

The Clipper will function as a sailing laboratory and a thermometer for
the planet. Fossil hunters, DNA researchers, geologists, oceanographers
and other scientists will conduct in-depth research along the route to
evaluate the earth's current condition. 

Stad Amsterdam is visiting Australia:

*         Sydney: 11-16 Feb, Overseas Passenger Terminal Melbourne 

*         Melbourne: 23-26 Feb, Workshops Pier, Williamstown

*         Adelaide: 1 Mar - port dates & berth to be confirmed 

*         Perth: 14 Mar - port dates & berth to be confirmed.

Darwin's pitbull

Richard Dawkins is visiting Australia in March. He's speaking on: 

*         Thursday, 4 March in Brisbane -
https://www.qtix.com.au/show/Richard_Dawkins_10.aspx (SOLD OUT)

*         Friday 5 March at 7pm at the Melbourne Town Hall (with Robyn
Williams). The session kicks off the literary year for the Melbourne
Writer's Festival - http://www.mwf.com.au/2010/content/mwf_2009_home.asp

*         The 2010 Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne on 12-14 March
- http://www.atheistconvention.org.au/

*         Sydney Opera House, Sunday 7 March for the Sydney Writers
Festival - http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/richard_dawkins.aspx 

*         Adelaide Writers Week - details to be announced -

Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist, author and outspoken
atheist. He was named as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential
People in 2007. In his latest book, The Greatest Show on Earth, he takes
on the creationists and all those who question evolution through natural


Ongoing exhibitions

*         Darwin to DNA at the Melbourne Museum
<http://museumvictoria.com.au/darwin-to-dna>  explores the discovery of
evolution by Darwin and his contemporary Alfred Russel Wallace including
specimens they collected. It then takes you further into the genetic
mechanisms of DNA, and how we can use DNA to examine questions about
evolution. Until 23 December 2010.

*         Crocodiles and their kind are an evolutionary success
story-they have been around for the past 200 million years. See one of
the largest crocodilians that ever existed in Supercrocodilians-Darwin's
ultimate survival story at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern
Territory <http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/museums/exhibitions/current.html>
, Darwin, extended until February 2011.

The Festival team acknowledge the support of our major sponsors, the
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, the State
Government of Victoria and the University of Melbourne. We are also
supported by Museum Victoria, New Scientist, the City of Melbourne and


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/blog


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