- TED talk: Nobel prize-winning biologist and Honorary member of the Society Elizabeth Blackburn
Elizabeth was made an Honorary member of the Society in 2011, during a stay in Hobart. Dr Blackburn formed long-term connections with the Society, speaking to members and informing them of her research into and the discovery of telomerase.
TED talk biography of Dr Blackburn
TED talk: The science of cells that never get old
- FREE TMAG floor talk by three artists from the Yirrkala Print Space in the Buku – Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, East Arnhem Land TMAG is very pleased to be presenting Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression from the 15th of December to the 12th of March 2018.This touring exhibition explores the ancient craft of printmaking, featuring vibrant and historically significant works by Australian indigenous artists.As part of the Exhibition, TMAG is hosting a special FREE floor talk by three artists from the Yirrkala Print Space in the Buku – Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, East Arnhem Land.This is a unique opportunity to come and hear from the artists about how this exhibition reflects the dynamic nature of Yolgnu art and how printmaking provides another medium for passing on knowledge to the younger generation.Saturday 16 December11amArgyle Gallery 4, TMAG City site.
- 2018 Mawson Medal and Lecture celebrates Professor King
Member of our Society and its President, Professor Matt King will give the Mawson Lecture to the Geological Society of Australia at their convention in 2018. We’ll keep you posted!
Professor King’s research achievements on sea level change have earned him this recognition from the Geological Society. Matt’s work looks at ice sheets in the north and south poles observing the melting changes as the Earth deforms, imparting information about the properties of the planet hundreds of kilometres below its surface: read the full article.
Those who wish to apply: Australian Academy of Science
- 2018 lectures for RST’s northern branch
- NOMINATE NOW RST Doctoral Awards 2017 closing midnight Nov 30 2017
Nominations are kindly invited for the RST Doctoral Awards 2017.
Calling all researchers under 35 who have finished their PhD in the previous three years!
If you know someone who would be right for this award, please pass on.
Doctoral awards nomination form
Nominations close 30 Nov 2017 midnight.
- Mr Martin George – Planet, Planets Everywhere: Our search for other Solar Systems – 1.30 pm Sun Nov 26, QVMAG Inveresk
Astronomers had long assumed that there were planets orbiting stars other than our Sun, but it is only since the 1990s that we obtained evidence that this was true. Now we know of thousands of these planets, making it clear to us that planetary systems are common. However, except in a few special cases, we have never seen any of them. The speaker will explain the various methods that are used to detect them and to discover a good deal of information about their orbits and characteristics.
Martin George is Manager of the Launceston Planetarium at QVMAG. He is a well-known communicator of astronomy to the public, with several regular radio interviews and a weekly space article in The Mercury newspaper. He is also a contributing editor of the US magazine Astronomy.
Martin is a fellow and former president of the International Planetarium Society and is its Chair of International Relations. He has been awarded the David Allen Prize for astronomy communication by the Astronomical Society of Australia, and the Winifred Curtis Medal for Science Communication in Tasmania.
- BOOK NOW The RST Christmas lecture and dinner 2017
The President, Prof Matt King and all Council members warmly invite you, your family and friends to attend The Royal Society of Tasmania annual Christmas lecture and dinner.
This relaxed evening is one of the Society’s most popular events and we hope you can attend.
Emeritus Prof John Simons will speak to the topic of ‘Queen Victoria’s Hippopotamus’ at CSIRO’s Battery Point auditorium at 6 pm on Tuesday 5 December 2017, followed by a buffet Christmas dinner.
Tickets are $45 per person and available through trybooking:
In 1850 the Zoological Society of London acquired a hippopotamus. He was called Obaysch. He was the first hippopotamus to have been seen in Europe since Roman times and caused a sensation. This lecture will look at his life and at the various ways in which Victorians constructed the experience of seeing a hippopotamus in London.
Emeritus Professor John Simons lives in Taroona. He has worked in universities in the U.K., the USA and Australia and most recently was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at Macquarie University. He is the editor or author of some twenty academic books on a range of topics from medieval chivalric romance to the history of cricket via Andy Warhol. Over the last twenty years he has concentrated on the history of human-animal relationships and, especially, on exotic animals in Victorian England. He is also a published poet and has recently completed his first novel.
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- Dr Anita Hansen – 175 years of the Royal Society of Tasmania – Oct 22, 1.30 pm @Meeting Room, QVMAG Inveresk
On October 14 2018, The Royal Society of Tasmania will be celebrating 175 years. It is the third oldest Royal Society, with only the Royal Society and the Edinburgh Royal Society predating it. The lecture will examine the Society and its influence on the history and culture of Tasmania. There will also be a discussion of events planned to celebrate the anniversary.
Dr Anita Hansen has been an artist all her life, working in Tasmania, interstate and overseas. She holds a doctorate from the University of Tasmania, a Master of Fine Arts, a Graduate Diploma in Plant and Wildlife Illustration and a Bachelor of Fine Art degree. Anita co-edited The Royal Society of Tasmania’s book The Library at the End of the World: Natural Science and Its Illustrators and has published a number of journal articles, as well as curating exhibitions in Tasmania and interstate.
- LIVESTREAM Ghost Ships of the Arctic, Marc-Andre Bernier’s lecture about The exploration of Sir John Franklin’s HMS Erebus and HMS Terror
This lecture was given on Wed 11 Oct, 6 pm @Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTAS Sandy Bay campus to a packed audience so should be a good listen.
- Dr Claire Hawkins – Extinction matters: could citizen science help? – Sep 24, 1.30 pm @Meeting Room, QVMAG Inveresk
Twenty-seven species are listed as having gone extinct from Tasmania in recent times. Threatened Species Day (7 September) marks the date since the last known thylacine died, in 1936. It’s a time to reflect on why extinction matters to us, and how we might reduce our negative impacts on species survival. My own response, as a threatened species zoologist, has been to take up a Churchill Fellowship on citizen science, to engage the wider community in better understanding the needs of the plants and animals in their own backyards. In this talk, I share my findings on how this might work most effectively. Dr Clare Hawkins carried out her Ph.D. on the fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox), a semi-arboreal mammalian carnivore endemic to the forests of Madagascar. Its ecological similarities to the spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) brought her to Tasmania in 2001 to study the latter species’ habitat requirements. She subsequently joined the State Government, initially with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, and spent four years monitoring the impact and distribution of Devil Facial Tumour Disease. She is currently the IUCN Australasian Marsupial and Monotreme Specialist Group Red List coordinator and author of the Naturetrackers blog. For the Bookend Trust, she co-organised two ‘Extinction Matters’ BioBlitzes in 2016, held on either side of Threatened Species Day, to be reprised this year in November. Her current focus is on novel approaches to better monitor and manage Tasmania’s diverse threatened fauna (from quolls and eagles to skinks, butterflies and burrowing crayfish). In 2015, she was awarded a Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship to develop citizen science study designs for long term monitoring.