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National Science Week Floor Talks

Join the Chau Chak Wing Museum for National Science Week 

National Science Week is Australia's annual celebration of science and technology and to mark the occasion, we're bringing you free floor talks with University-based scientists.

Social lives of termites

Termite

Monday 15 August, 12.30–1pm

Join Professor Nathan Lo in our exhibition Natural Selections as he takes you through everything you need to know about termites. Focusing on Australian species, Nathan will discuss the importance of their role in ecosystems to their interesting symbioses with microbes and evolution. 

About the speaker

Nathan Lo is Professor of Evolutionary Biology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences at The University of Sydney

Working closely with Australian bees

Bee

Friday 19 August, 12.30–1pm

The University of Sydney has a long research interest in bees through the work of The BEE Lab. Join Dr Rosalyn Gloag and Caitlyn Forster in our Object/Art/Specimen exhibition as they discuss their research work on Australian bees, and their work both out in the field and in the lab. 

About the speakers

Dr Rosalyn Gloag is a Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Caitlyn Forster is a PhD candidate with the School of Life and Environmental Sciences

What is palaeoenvironmental reconstruction?

Earth

Friday 19 August, 1–1.30pm

How can we reconstruct the environments of the past? Join Dr Karen Privat and Dr Elizabeth Carter in our exhibition Object/Art/Specimen as they explore the processes and aims of palaeoenvironmental research and examines what advanced imaging and microscopy can teach us about our past and our future.

About the speaker

Dr Karen Privat is a Research Associate (SEM-based Imaging and Microanalysis) at the Electron Microscope Unit of The University of New South Wales. 

Dr Elizabeth Carter is the Facility Manager, Vibrational Spectroscopy at Sydney Analytical.