[ASC-list] WA: Public lecture: Meteorites ­ unlocking the secrets of the solar system?

Emma Donnelly E.Donnelly at curtin.edu.au
Thu May 17 07:11:22 UTC 2012

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In celebration of the 2012 Australian Innovation Festival you are invited to

Meteorites – unlocking the secrets of the solar system?
A public lecture presented by Professor Phillip Bland

Do you gaze at the stars and wonder how the solar system came to be?
Do you think meteorites could provide us with clues?

Professor Phillip Bland has always been fascinated by meteorites, and what they can tell us about the solar system.

His passion has led him to meteorite ‘hot spots’ across the Earth – from the extreme cold of Antarctica for collecting expeditions, to the dry desert heat of Australia’s Nullarbor Plain to set up the Desert Fireball Network, a series of cameras capturing the descent of meteorites as they enter Earth’s atmosphere and land.

Join Professor Bland to discuss the mysteries of the solar system – from asteroids to space dust, and hear how expanding meteorite knowledge is helping to piece together our planet’s past.

This public lecture will be his first public engagement after his move from the UK to Perth to join Curtin University.

About the speaker:
Obtaining his PhD in 1995 in the field of Planetary Science from the Open University in the United Kingdom, Professor Bland has since held an eight-year Royal Society University Research Fellowship, was awarded the 2001 US Antarctic Service Medal and contributed to the 2005 NASA Stardust mission preliminary examination team.

He has contributed to several panels of the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council and has published his research findings in journals such as Science and Nature. He has won numerous awards and grants for his work in planetary science research.

In 2006 an asteroid was named in his honour by the International Astronomical Union.





Wednesday 30 May 2012

5.15pm for a 5.30pm start
Lecture: 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Resources and Chemistry Precinct
Building 500, Curtin University
Manning Street entrance, Bentley

As seating is limited, please RSVP by Monday 28 May 2012 to
08 9266 2563 or events at curtin.edu.au<mailto:events at curtin.edu.au>
If you have any special requirements to enable you to attend this event please
advise when you RSVP and we will contact you to provide assistance.
For more information, please see http://disability.curtin.edu.au

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