[ASC-list] cafes scientifique Brisbane

Jayne Keane jayne.keane at qm.qld.gov.au
Tue May 28 06:50:08 UTC 2013

Inspiring Australia is presenting two Cafes Scientifique in the next 7 days. Grab your tickets now and circulate amongst your networks. Info below with links. I hope to see you there.





Dr Jayne Fenton Keane

Manager, Inspiring Australia (Qld)  | Chair National Science Week (Qld)  


Ph: +61 7 38429220

Mob: 0407571190




Café One

Dinosaur Duck Autopsy with Dr Paul Willis, RiAus http://dinosaurduck.eventbrite.com.au/

Sunday, 2 June 2013 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM 

Queensland Museum Theatre

Melbourne Street 

South Brisbane, QLD 4101




It is now firmly established that birds are descended from dinosaurs. If that's the case, then there ought to be numerous clues to this relationship in every chicken, turkey or duck you have ever eaten. To find out BrisScience, in partnership with Inspiring Australia, is hosting a Cafe Scientifique at the Queensland Museum. In this demonstration palaeontologist Dr Paul Willis, from RiAus, will dismember a (cooked) duck and show you what it has inherited from its dinosaur ancestors.


RiAus Director Dr Paul Willis is well-known as a science broadcaster with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, presenting and producing on ABC television science shows including Quantum and Catalyst. Paul is passionate about informing, educating and amusing people of all ages and backgrounds about science and is keen to seize the opportunity to talk about science in a variety of public forums.  He was rewarded for his passion in 2000 when he was joint recipient of the Eureka Prize for Science Communication. Prior to his work in television, Dr Willis had a research career in vertebrate palaeontology, and was the resident palaeontologist on seven Antarctic expeditions. He has produced many academic reports and papers, has authored or co-authored seven books on dinosaurs, rocks and fossils, and has written many popular science articles for a variety of publications.


Conserving Australia's Dinosaur Heritage: Walking the Line in the Kimberley

Dr Steve Salisbury, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

As Australia's resource industry continues to expand, many aspects of our precious National Heritage are being placed at risk. Among these are areas that preserve important chapters in the story of Australia's unique dinosaur fauna.

Exciting new research by Dr Salisbury and his team has helped to highlight the significance of dinosaur tracks in The Kimberley region to the public at large, which contributed to the collapse of a $40 billion LNG development. But with the Western Australian government still determined to develop the area as a major port for onshore coal seam gas projects, the battle to protect Australia's dinosaur coast rages on.


After travelling to Germany and the UK to complete his PhD on crocodilian locomotor evolution, Dr Steve Salisbury returned to Australia to pursue a life-long dream of searching for Australian dinosaurs. In 2001 Steve was a part of the team that discovered what was at the time Australia's largest dinosaur, Elliot the sauropod, whose study forms part of his current research programme. Steve is currently a Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland, and a Research Associate at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Steve now conducts regular expeditions to Cretaceous vertebrate localities in central-western Queensland and the Dampier Peninsula in The Kimberley region of western Australia.  He is also currently involved in field-based research on the South Island of New Zealand and on the Antarctic Peninsula. His research has been the impetus for the establishment of a $1.5 million interpretive centre in the outback town of Isisford, central-western Queensland, and recently helped to secure National Heritage Listing of dinosaur tracks on the Dampier Peninsula.




Café Two


Cafe Scientifique: Back to Blue...? Let's imagine the future of the Brisbane river http://backtobluebrisbane.eventbrite.com.au/


When: Tuesday, 4 June 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, Bulimba, QLD

Where: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St, Bulimba, QLD 4171



Join us at a café scientifique for a relaxed discussion where experts and the public are invited to exchange ideas on how the Brisbane River can be returned to its once pristine condition. The event, dubbed "Back to Blue...?" and will feature presentations from three experts on the river and river health; Helen Gregory (historian), A/Prof Tony Howes (research scientist, University of Queensland), and Dr James Udy (chief scientist, Healthy Waterways).


We want all your ideas-however crazy or innovative! Prize awarded for the most creative idea


Although it was originally believed that putting a halt to dredging in the '90's would result in a clearer river, it has become obvious that the issue is more complex and many locals feel that successive governments have ignored river health. Ideas from the event will form part of a report to be submitted to local, state, and federal governments.


The Speakers

Helen Gregory

Helen Gregory is an historian specialising in the history and cultural heritage of Brisbane and Queensland in general. She has written many books and historical backgrounds for major museum exhibitions and curated an exhibition on nineteenth century floods for the State Library of Queensland. Helen is a former Chairman of the Queensland Heritage Council and was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of History at the University of Queensland.


Tony Howes

Tony Howes is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland, carrying out research in a wide range of particulate technologies ranging from drug crystallisation to the agglomeration of sticky food droplets in spray dryers. From 1999-2006 he worked with the CRC for Coastal Zone, Estuary and Waterway Management, on projects relating to riverine turbidity and the links between management, modelling and monitoring of waterways.


James Udy

James Udy is the chief scientist for Healthy Waterways, a not-for-profit, non-government, membership-based organisation working to protect and improve waterway health in South East Queensland. Healthy Waterways facilitates careful planning and coordinated efforts at local and regional levels among a network of member organisations from government, industry, research and the community to deliver our shared purpose for healthy waterways.


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