Lectures

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Lectures are presented following COVID-19 Regulations

Lecture Program

Lecture meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of the month at 5.30 pm, preceded by drinks and nibbles from 5:00 pm.  From August 2021, lectures will be held in the Hetzel Theatre, Institue Building on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue. Drinks and light refreshments are available before most lectures.  Meetings may be followed by an optional light dinner at a local venue.

Details about upcoming lectures will be advised  in the bi-monthly members newsletter GeoNews.

Members are requested to make a gold coin donation to help offset the cost of the venue.  The cost for non-members is $10.

Videos of previous lectures are available on YouTube.

The Royal Geographical Society of South Australia Lecture Program is supported by the State Library of South Australia.

2022 Lecture Program

February 17 - Easter Island and Peru - Joc Schmiechen
Joc makes a very welcome return to the lectern for our February event. Joc has had over thirty years involvement in outdoor education, expedition leadership, Aboriginal education, environmental management, cross cultural and ecotourism encompassing some of the remotest and wildest locations in Australia and Antarctica. For over 20 years his Aboriginal interests have led to a strong passion for Aboriginal art and especially the rock art of the north. He has undertaken numerous expeditions, mainly in the Kimberley, and discovered and recorded parts of a significant body of Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) art. His particular interest has been in visitor management and protection of this important cultural heritage. In his main work he has extensive government and industry experience in the Aboriginal and Special Interest tourism sector throughout Australia. Joc has a particular interest in small operators and businesses working in regional and remote locations coupled with an ongoing concern about tourism impacts and developing sustainable practices in how we best use our natural and cultural assets. He has worked extensively at the ‘grass roots’ level with Indigenous operators throughout Australia and has a long commitment to connecting tourists to experiencing the Indigenous perspective of Australia. In recent years he developed and implemented a Research Agenda for Indigenous tourism for a collective of University and Industry partners across Australia. It is with great interest then that we look forward to Joc sharing his insights into the heritage of ancient cultures very different to those of Australia’s Indigenous peoples, namely those of Easter Island and Peru. REGISTRATION essential via Eventbrite
March 17 - Bio R: Reconstructing habitat for biodiversity - Dr David Paton
More details to follow
April 21 - AGM. Ancient Peopling of Australia - Prof Peter Veth
Details to follow
May 19 - New Insights into the survival of the Western Desert People - Dr Wallace Boone Law
Details to follow
June 16 - To be advised
July 21 - Brock Lecture. Benjamin Herschel Babbage - Rod Tucker
Details to follow