Women and Science will examine the huge changes in the roles women play in science, and the view science has of women. Prohibited for much of history from having a serious interest in such a ‘masculine’ domain, women now abound in science, mathematics and engineering. How did that come to be? How did interaction with the visual and literary arts so often assist women in their scientific endeavours? What fascinating discoveries have women made that have changed our world and our understanding of it?
Monday, 23 September — Anne Harbers FRSN **Please note changed date*
Suzanne Burdon will discuss the remarkable achievements of Mary Shelley, who as feisty 18 year old, read every important scientific treatise and created Frankenstein and his monster in a moral tale that still highlights the exact scientific ethical dilemmas we face today (for example, the cloning of real human babies)
Susannah Fullerton presents an illustrated lecture on the short life and far-reaching achievements of the only child of the poet Lord Byron and his wife Annabella, Ada, Countess of Lovelace who adored mathematics and worked with Charles Babbage on his ‘analytical Engine’, making notes which can be considered the first computer programme and anticipating the implications of the computer a hundred years before anyone else
Thursday, 20 June 2019 — Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes FRSN
Climate change is having significant impacts on our life support system, exacerbating other factors that lead to species loss and habitat decline. Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes addresses the latest national and global climate trends and identifies the most important observed and future impacts, with an emphasis on biodiversity. She will also outline what we need to do to achieve a stable climate by the second half of this century, and how we need to change our approach to conservation.
Thursday, 18 July 2019 — Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy AM, FRSN
with Dr. Wesley J. Watkins, IV Tuesday, 26 February 2019
The first speaker in February will be Dr Wesley J. Watkins, IV, the Founder of The Jazz & Democracy Project, an innovative integrated music curriculum that utilizes jazz as a metaphor to cultivate a profound understanding of American democratic ideals.
NB: Limited places are available for this talk. You MUST book online or call the Library on 02 9262 7300 to book. We cannot accept payments without a booking. Online bookings must be paid by credit card. If you wish to pay by cash, please book in the SMSA Library.