Busy week of presentations ahead

Free lectures during the coming week focus on Australia’s cultural history, molecular science advances and discussions about climate change.

2018 Wal Cherry Lecture: Holy Day Revisited, delivered by Andrew Bovell

Acclaimed Australian theatre and screen writer Andrew Bovell will deliver this year’s Wal Cherry lecture, reflecting on the 2001 production ‘Holy Day’ and its themes and conversations at a different time in Australia’s cultural history, less than two decades ago.

Where:  Flinders Tavern, Flinders University Bedford Park campus

When:   Thursday, 27 September 2018, 5:00 – 7:00pm, includes refreshments and live music

RSVP:  Register via the Flinders University event page for this free event, places are limited.

Think Global: International Climate Movements

Think Global is a monthly series of free public talks focusing on contemporary politics and international relations, with the next presentation by Flinders University’s Dr Cassandra Star, Associate Professor of Public Policy. Her talk will highlight key differences in the start, evolution and focus of climate movements in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. She will be discussing the conceptions of climate justice adopted and expressed in each of these countries, and how they reflect the political culture, level of legitimacy according to environmental organisations and broader debates in each location.

Where:  Institute Building, State Library of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

When: Thursday 27 September 2018, 5:30 – 7:00pm

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Molecular Science & Technologies Seminar Series: Nanoscale materials analysis by soft X-ray scanning X-ray microscopy

Nanoscale materials may be analysed using X-rays, including imaging surfaces and mapping chemical information cross surfaces. Professor Adam P. Hitchcock, from the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research, McMaster University in Canada, will use recent studies of nanoscale materials to illustrate the performance of various techniques. Examples include cathodes from fuel cells being developed for automotive applications, and alumina aerogels being developed for catalytic applications.

Where:  Room 1300 Physical Sciences Building, Bedford Park

When: Friday 28 September, midday

RSVP is not required; contact Nathan O’Brien for more information.


Ethylene Antagonists and the Chemistry of Natural Products Isolated from Western Australian Plants

Natural products provide useful starting materials to produce more complex molecules, such as the resinous coatings of Western Australian plants, and Dr Alan D. Payne, from the School of Molecular and Life Sciences at Curtin University, will discuss recent research that has uncovered new alternatives, with fewer drawbacks. Central to this is ethylene, a plant hormone which promotes fruit ripening, often leading to the premature ripening of produce before it makes it to market. Compounds which limit the action of ethylene are therefore of great interest, and so far the only compound in use is volatile and expensive.

Where: Room 1300 Physical Sciences Building, Bedford Park

When: Thursday 27 September 2018, midday

RSVP is not required; contact Nathan O’Brien for more information.


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