7 July: The Glass Bead Game

The Glass Bead Game

This talk will take a virtual tour of the toy store with our friends Maria Callas, Alexander Grothendieck and Hermann Hesse. There are pleasant games with glass beads, athletic games skiing the moguls, and violent games where everything gets smashed. There are crystals and hurricanes and, of course, a few polynomials.

Join Arun Ram as he walks us through some stories related to current research in symmetry.

When Tuesday 7 July
Time 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Venue The Edge, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Arrangements Doors open at 6pm
Refreshments Light refreshments will be provided following the presentation
RSVP This is a free event. Please register to secure your seat

Arun RamArun Ram grew up in a smallish town in New Mexico–leaving to Boston to go university at MIT.  After deciding that he needed a lifestyle which enabled him to travel and sit in coffee shops he found it best to get a PhD in Mathematics.  After obtaining his PhD from Univ. California San Diego he was in a sequence of junior positions before landing at University of Wisconsin in 1999.  In 2008 he moved to University of Melbourne where the mathematics, the weather, and the city suit him well.  His passions are beauty, music, languages, cultures, and people.

17 June: This month’s BrisScience cancelled

We regret to inform you that this month’s BrisScience, scheduled to take place this Wednesday 17 June 2015, has been cancelled.

Our guest lecturer, Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff of The University of Manchester, United Kingdom, is unable to travel due to unforeseen circumstances and will no longer be able to attend the event.

Sir Poliakoff asked us to extend his sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. He was very much looking forward to visiting Australia and meeting you all. He hopes to reschedule his trip for a later date.

Warm regards,

Team BrisScience 

The University of Queensland

17 June: From Test Tube to YouTube

Sir Martyn PoliakoffDon’t miss international chemistry heavyweight Sir Martyn Poliakoff when he joins the BrisScience family in June.

Knighted for his contributions to the chemical sciences, Poliakoff is recognised worldwide as a presenter from the highly successful YouTube chemistry channel, The Periodic Table of videos.

Sir Poliakoff is speaking in Brisbane by invitation of the UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences.

When Wednesday 17 June
Time 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Venue The Edge, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Arrangements Doors open at 6pm
Refreshments Light refreshments will be provided following the presentation
RSVP This is a free event. Please register to secure your seat

 

11 May: Venomous reptiles and their toxins

Dr Bryan FryWith chilling tales of dangerous encounters with taipans, king cobras and arctic vipers, komodo dragons, vampire bats and an Antarctic giant octopus, Associate Professor Bryan Fry brings to life his work with venoms and discusses their potential uses for society.

Pushing beyond their importance in maintaining ecological balance, Bryan looks at the world’s most dangerous animals as rich sources of novel compounds for use in drug design and development.

Join him as he takes us on a journey through his passion (some would say obsession) for venoms, and a career that has seen him visit over 40 countries and work with some of the most unique creatures on the planet.

Event details:

When: Monday 11 May
Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Venue: The Edge, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Arrangements: Doors open at 6pm
Refreshments: Light refreshments will be provided following the presentation
RSVP: This is a free event, please register to secure your seat.

13 April: ‘Digging deeper…can Australian soils really feed the world?’

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The first BrisScience seminar for 2015 is kicking off in April, brought to you by The University of Queensland.

Join our panel as they celebrate the International Year of Soils with a nitty gritty discussion on: ‘Digging deeper…can Australian soils really feed the world?’

Our four panellists are:

Rob Pekin: founder of Food Connect and a former dairy farmer who has a strong belief in the practice of community-supported agriculture.

Dr Peter Stone: Research Program Director leading CSIRO’s work on the development of northern Australia, whose history includes farm management, food industry consulting and grain marketing.

Dr Christine Williams: Assistant Director-General, Science Division of DSITI who is a trained economist and now leads the Science Division which provides scientific and technical advice and services to government agencies.

Philip Mulvey: CEO of Environmental Earth Sciences who has 30 years of experience in soil sciences, hydrogeology, water resource assessment and contamination studies.

Our facilitator is Professor Neal Menzies, Head of the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at The University of Queensland.

Event details:

When: Monday 13 April
Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Venue: The Edge, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Arrangements: Doors open at 6pm
Refreshments: Light refreshments will be provided following the presentation
RSVP: This is a free event, please register to secure your seat

6-9 November, 2014

Journey Through the Cosmos

QSO12574-WebGraphic_QPAC719x281A four day celebration of music, science and the wonders of the cosmos exclusive to Queensland featuring international rockstar physicist Professor Brian Cox.

Outstanding performances, invigorating talks and unique experiences.

  • Immerse yourself in Holst’s The Planets Suite against a stunning backdrop of cosmic vision.
  • Join Brian Cox, the Australian Voices, legendary violinist Jack Liebeck and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for an out of this world experience.
  • Hear the world premiere of Dario Marianelli’s Voyager Violin Concerto
  • Be part of the conversation with lectures including Composing for Hollywood with Academy Award winner Dario Marianelli, Einstein’s Universe with particle physicist Professor Brian Foster and The Physics of Time illustrated performance and talk featuring Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time with Professor Brian Cox

Find out more here.

Time: 6-9 November 2014

Venue: QPAC Concert Hall

Cost: Premium packages available as well as individual concert prices.

Tickets: QTIX 136 246

Questions: info@qso.com.au

Monday 3 November, 2014

Temperature: A Brief History of Imaginary Time

A/Prof Tom Stace, School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland

Melting clock 300x300Heat powers your car, makes or breaks your BBQ, and drives the cosmos.  But how did we move from the primordial sensations of hot and cold to the Second Law of Thermodynamics – which many physicists regard as the most foundational law of the universe?

The final BrisScience talk for 2014 will follow the history of temperature, from the big-bang, through the debates between our greatest scientists, and to the ultimate fate of our universe.  On the way we will find the seeds of Quantum theory and General Relativity, and answer the question: “why is Temperature stranger than Time?”.

  • Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Monday 3 November.
  • Venue: The EdgeState Library of Queensland, South Brisbane.
  • Arrangements: Doors open at 6pm. No need to book – just show up!
  • Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibblies following the talk, where A/Prof Tom Stace will be available to answer any questions.
  • Questions about this event? Contact Andrew.

Tom StaceA/Prof Tom Stace received a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Western Australia and a PhD on quantum computing from The University of Cambridge. After a postdoctoral position at Cambridge Tom moved to The University of Queensland in 2006, where he is now a key researcher at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems.

Tom’s research has largely focused on applying methods from quantum optics to solid state devices for use in quantum information applications. He also works on high precision measurement in collaboration with experimental colleagues at The University of Adelaide, in a project whose ultimate aim is to contribute to the international definition of Boltzmann’s constant – the physical constant that relates temperature and energy on the atomic scale.

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This BrisScience event was proudly sponsored by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems.
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