14 September: The revolutionary impact of genomics on medicine & healthcare

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In 2006 Professor John Mattick delved into the ‘Secrets of our Genes’ at our very first BrisScience event.

So it’s only fitting that he return to the BrisScience stage in our tenth year, to reflect on how our understanding and application of genomics has expanded in the past decade. 

Hear how extraordinary advances in DNA sequencing technology is providing unparalleled insights into human diversity and the molecular basis of genetic disorders, cancer and complex diseases that comprise the major health burden of our population.

When Monday 14 September
Time 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Venue The Edge, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Arrangements Doors open at 6.00pm
Refreshments Light refreshments will be provided following the presentation
RSVP This is a free event. Please register to secure your seat

John Mattick

John Mattick is the director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Over the past 20 years he has pioneered a new view of the genetic programming of humans and other complex organisms, by showing that the majority of the genome, previously considered ‘junk’, actually specifies a dynamic network of regulatory RNAs that guide differentiation and development.

17 August: Fresh Science (South East Queensland event)

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BrisScience is getting fresh with the hottest young scientists from South East Queensland as they go head to head in Fresh Science this August.

In the time it takes for a sparkler to burn down, hear leading early-career scientists reveal their cutting edge discoveries.

Who will explain their research the best? Who will leave you hungry for more? Who will you choose as the BrisScience People’s Choice winner for 2015?

When Monday 17 August
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

Fresh Science is a national competition which helps early-career researchers share their stories of discovery and gain national media coverage for their work.

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