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BrisScience // Using ancient DNA to study the evolution & dispersal of humans

How much do we really know about the evolution and migration of humans?

Join Professor Alan Cooper as he explores the latest research in ancient DNA and the remarkable genetics patterns in human distribution, behaviour and disease found around the world.

  • Date: Monday, 12 September 2016
  • Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • Free, RSVP required
  • Location: The Edge, State Library of Queensland
  • Contact: science.events@uq.edu.au


Meet the speaker
Professor Alan Cooper has played a central role in the development of the field of ancient DNA. Founder of the Henry Wellcome Ancient Biomolecules Centre at the University of Oxford and the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) at the University of Adelaide, Professor Cooper was awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship in 2015 and named the South Australian Scientist of the Year in 2016.

BrisScience // How is technology changing the way we plan our cities?

Have you ever booked an Uber? Been stuck in traffic and dreamed of the day when autonomous vehicles are the norm? Maybe you’ve jumped on social media to post a photo of the sunrise while catching the #CityCat to work?

Technology is increasingly becoming embedded in our lives and, by extension, the cities and towns we live in. Join us this August as three of Brisbane’s top urban planners talk about how technology is already shaping the cities of the future.


Meet the panel

Ms Laurel Johnson is an urban planner and academic at The University of Queensland who has undertaken over 40 planning research consultancies. Passionate about social equality in the city, her research looks to improve public transport access for disadvantaged communities.

Professor Neil Sipe is an urban planner based at The University of Queensland, where he is currently looking at how the rise of autonomous vehicles will impact future land use.

Ms Coby Tomlins is a UQ graduate and Director of SMARTA Planning, an organisation analysing social media content to advise urban planners about existing land use conditions and make recommendations for future policy and strategy direction.

BrisScience: Is science any use for saving species and habitat?

Environmental conservation is a big challenge facing our planet. Isn’t it time to stand up and take action, rather than do more research? Why shouldn’t we just use the knowledge we already have to save threatened species?

This month we discuss the value of monitoring and information for achieving nature conservation outcomes. Is some research more useful than others, and should utility factor into decisions about research funding?

Join us as Professor Hugh Possingham looks at how optimisation can be used as a framework to make the tough decisions.


Meet the presenter

Professor Hugh Possingham 

Aside from his day job as a Professor of both mathematics and ecology at The University of Queensland, Hugh performs a variety of public roles advising policy makers, conservation groups and managers.

Founder of the Possingham Lab, Hugh and his team use mathematics to formulate and solve problems in order to save plants, animals and ecosystems.

Hugh developed Marxan the most widely used conservation planning software in the world and co-wrote “The Brigalow Declaration” used by former Premier Peter Beattie to halve land clearing in Queensland.

In November Hugh will join The Nature Conservancy as Chief Scientist.



BrisScience / New frontiers in 3D printing

What do a mechanical and materials engineer, a food scientist and a periodontist have in common…?

…surprisingly, 3D printing.

Join our panel as they challenge your preconceptions about 3D printing and, hopefully, change the way you think about manufacturing, food production and dentistry forever.

  • Monday 6 June 2016
  • 6:30pm to 7:30pm (doors open at 6pm)
  • The Edge, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
  • Light refreshments will be provided following the presentation
  • RSVP This is a free event. Please register to secure your seat



Meet our panel:

Dr Michael Bermingham is a mechanical and materials engineer working with new metallic additive manufacturing technologies in the Queensland Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing at The University of Queensland. Michael’s research explores how additive manufacturing (3D printing) can enhance the design and manufacture of products for medical, automotive and aerospace applications.

Professor Bhesh Bhandari is a food scientist at The University of Queensland exploring the potential application of 3D printing for novel food product design and development. Bhesh and his team are looking at how food can be digitally designed, printed in a 3-dimensional shape and applied to develop new texture, taste and appearance.

Professor Saso Ivanovski is a periodontist at Griffith University. Using 3D bioprinting, Saso and his team are revolutionising regenerative medicine by printing living bones, gums and teeth using a patient’s own cells. This research has big implications for the field, providing innovative ways to restore form, function and aesthetics following the loss of tissue or organs due to disease and trauma.

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CSI BrisScience

Every night prime-time television is filled with crime-scene investigation dramas. But have you ever wondered what Brisbane’s forensic scientists are actually working on?

We’ve invited four of the best to cut through the hype and give us an insight into the real life world of forensic science.

Ms Karen Blakey is a Senior Chemist within the Illicit Drug Group at the Queensland Department of Health.

Dr Carl N. Stephan is a forensic anthropologist and a Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland’s School of Biomedical Sciences.

Ms Julianne Farrell is a forensic entomologist who consults with both government and private industry.

Dr Matthew Thompson is a cognitive scientist who looks at the nature of visual expertise in forensics and medicine.

Find out more about our panelists, visit the BrisScience website.




BrisScience // Mars… could there be life?

This event is not being held at The Edge.

This event is being held at UQ.



Space. It’s fascinated generations, inspiring scientists and artists alike.

This month our expert panel take an in-depth look at Mars and the future of space travel, while attempting to answer the age-old question… are we alone in the universe?

The panel:

Professor Tamara Davis is a cosmologist interested in investigating new fundamental physics, including the properties of dark energy and dark matter, but has also published on astrobiology. She wants to know whether life on Earth could have originated on Mars.

Professor Gordon Southam is a geomicrobiologist, who uses both biological and geological sciences to examine the bacterial transformations of materials in the earth’s crust. He will argue that we are Martian.

Professor Michael Smart is an engineer and Chair of Hypersonic Propulsion, and is working to revolutionise high-speed transport through clean burning, hydrogen-fuelled engines that could make access to space much easier in the future.


Free – Register Here


Please note, this is not an Edge event. For any questions regarding this BrisScience event, please click on the ‘Register Here’ button above and connect with the event organiser. Thank you.

“Pretty scary, or pretty cool?” How Google Maps has changed the world

Our friends at BrisScience have just uploaded the full video from their latest sell-out event: How Google Maps changed the world.

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With over 1 billion active users, Google Maps has changed the way we view and interact with our world forever.
Join the expert panel to discuss some of these obvious – and the not so obvious – change to our everyday lives.

The panel:
Alexandra Geer, ESRI Austraila
Chris Isles, Place Design Group
Dr Peter Scarth, Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation
Dr Thomas Sigler, The University of Queensland

BrisScience also have all their other events on their YouTube Channel – UQ Faculty of Science

“Pretty scary, or pretty cool?” comment by Town Planner and panel member: Chris Isles



BrisScience: Fresh Science 2015


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

Join us to hear leading early career scientists reveal their cutting edge discoveries in the time it takes for a sparkler to burn down.
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?

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



BrisScience: The Glass Bead Game

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This BrisScience 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.




Speaker: Arun Ram

Arun 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.

BrisScience: From Test Tube to YouTube

After much deliberation we have made the difficult decision to cancel this month’s ‪BrisScience‬. Sir Martyn 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 visit for a later date.



Don’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.