Science at the Shine Dome 2013

Wednesday, 22 May, 2013


Experience quantum billiards, find out how genome sequencing technology will revolutionise the practice of medicine and gain an insight into the dramatic changes the ocean is undergoing. These are just some of the stimulating talks on offer at the Australian Academy of Science’s annual celebration ‘Science at the Shine Dome’, to be held this year from 29-31 May.

The event will bring senior scientists and science leaders of the future to Canberra to showcase the achievements of some of Australia’s brightest minds. Twenty-one high achievers from all fields of science will be admitted as new Fellows of the Academy and will speak on their groundbreaking research, including:

  • Genetics and the future of medicine
  • Bulk nanomaterials: properties and promises
  • The ocean in a changing world
  • Meeting future food requirements: designing better crops
  • Quantum billiards

Winners of the Academy’s 2013 career and early-career researcher awards will be presented with their medals and speak about their award-winning work, including:

  • How future greenhouse gas emissions will affect Australia’s climate extremes
  • Dark energy in the accelerating universe
  • Platelets, bleeding and cancer therapy
  • Plants control microbes - microbes control plants
  • Regression analysis of streaming data

The annual symposium, titled ‘Power to the people: the science behind the debate’, will focus on how increasing global temperatures affect our decisions about energy use. The keynote speaker, Chancellor of Liverpool University and former UK Chief Scientific Advisor and Head of the UK Government Office of Science, Sir David King, will open the symposium with his talk ‘Improving human well-being on a resource-limited planet - can we do it?’

The symposium will also feature Australia’s top scientists in the field of energy research discussing nuclear, geothermal and fusion technologies as well as power storage options and more.

For a list of new Fellows, visit www.science.org.au/events/sats/sats2013/nfs.html.

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