Monday 17 September, 2012 – UQ Research Week

For September BrisScience will once again present The University of Queensland’s annual Research Week Public Lecture. This year’s talks are:

Towards High-Efficiency Microalgae Biofuel Systems

A/Prof Ben Hankamer, Institute of Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland

Science has left little doubt that concerted action is needed to develop CO2 free energy technologies. The importance of CO2 neutral fuels is highlighted by the fact that fuels make up ~80% of the global energy market – in contrast global electricity demand accounts for only 17%. Yet despite the importance of fuels, almost all CO2 free energy production systems under development are designed to drive electricity generation (e.g. clean-coal technology, nuclear, photovoltaic & wind). In contrast, and indeed almost uniquely, bio-fuels target the much larger fuel market and have clear potential to play an increasingly important role. In this talk, A/Prof Ben Hankamer will present his latest research into the advances made in developing microalgal biofuel systems.

In 2002 Ben moved from Imperial College London to take up his position as a Principle Investigator at The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience. Ben has focused on the development of environmentally friendly high-efficiency microalgae biofuel production systems and in 2006 he established the Solar Biofuels Consortium which he directs and which now includes 8 International teams and ~100 researchers and ~10 industry partners.

Has Science Made Religion Obsolete?

Prof Peter Harrison, Centre for the History of European Discourses, The University of Queensland

It is often thought that clashes between religion and science are inevitable, and that widespread acceptance of a scientific worldview will necessarily lead to a decline in religious belief.  In this talk, Prof Peter Harrison will examine past and present relations between science and religion, and consider how patterns of religious belief have changed in response to the growth of modern science.

Peter Harrison is Director of The University of Queensland’s Centre for the History of European Discourses.  Before taking up his post at UQ, he was the Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, where he still holds a Senior Research Fellowship. He has published extensively in the area of cultural and intellectual history with a focus on the philosophical, scientific and religious thought of the early modern period.   His five books include, most recently, Wrestling with Nature: From Omens to Science (Chicago, 2011) — an edited collection which surveys conceptions of science from antiquity to the present — and The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion (Cambridge, 2010). He has published over 60 articles or book chapters, many of them dealing with aspects of the relationship between science and religion.

  • Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm (doors open at 6pm), Monday the 17th of September.
  • Venue: Long Room, Customs House at Riverside.
  • Arrangements: Please note that registrations for this talk have reached maximum capacity and are now closed. If you have registered but can’t go please notify contact Tania Hudspith so that your place can be offered to someone else.
  • Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibblies following the talk, where Prof. Hankamer and Prof. Harrison will be available to answer any questions
  • Questions about this event? Contact Andrew.
  • For more information about UQ Research Week please click here.

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