[ASC-list] Cairns Cafe Scientifique
jayne.keane at qm.qld.gov.au
Tue Mar 26 02:57:27 UTC 2013
Anyone in Cairns on April 10th might be interested in catching this Café Scientifique. Event link here http://venomousanimals.eventbrite.com.au/
Title: Venomous animal encounters in north Queensland - the most venomous place on our planet!
Where: Salt House, The Sailing Bar, The Pier, 6/2 Pier Point Road,Cairns
Who: Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA) researcher Jamie Seymour from the Faculty of Medicine, Health & Molecular Sciences, James Cook University
Contact: Lisa Jones, Communications Coordinator
QTHA, OzEMalaR, ASP Network for Parasitology James Cook University, E1.102S Smithfield Campus, Cairns, Australia 4878
E lisa.jones1 at jcu.edu.au <mailto:lisa.jones1 at jcu.edu.au>
T +61 7 4042 1311
Australia seems to have an overabundance of venomous animals compared to the rest of the world, and within our sunburnt continent north Queensland has a higher diversity of lethal venomous critters than any other place on the planet. Join us as we describe the way these beasts earn a living and determine just how likely you are to die from a venomous animal.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME and a there's a free drink on arrival to all guests. Café Scientifique participants can order drinks and tapas-style plates during this highly entertaining event and get involved in the discussion about our local venomous animals.
Associate Professor Jamie Seymour or the "Jelly Dude from Nemo land" has been researching and working with venomous and dangerous animals for over 20 yrs. He is currently trying to answer the question "Why do animals have venom?"
Jamie is based in Cairns in Northern Australia, a place which has an extraordinary number of venomous animals. Being able to study the ecology and biology of Australia's venomous species has allowed Jamie to successfully contribute to the decrease in envenomings of humans by jellyfish in Australia, Timor Leste, Thailand and Hawaii. He has worked for the United Nations and his research is directly responsible for changes in the present treatment protocol for Australian jellyfish envenomation. Jamie is the founding director of the Tropical Australian Venom Research Unit (TASRU) which is recognised as one of the premier research groups in the world for studying the ecology and biology of box jellyfish, and research into medical treatment of box jellyfish envenomings. More about Jamie can be learned from this link. http://www.qtha.org.au/research/researchers/associate-professor-jamie-seymour <http://www.qtha.org.au/research/researchers/associate-professor-jamie-seymour>
We look forward to seeing you there.
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