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.  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.

2021 Lecture Program

February 18 - The Discovery of Two Remarkable Indigenous Sites in the Simpson Desert - Andrew Harper, Mike Smith & Max TischlerMatthew Trelow
March 18 -Waste and Recycling - John Philips OAM
Details available in the attached flyer.
April 15 - Planet Mars - What surprises await us? - Dr Victor Gostin
The Perseverance rover, is the most complex object ever sent to Mars. The new rover will search for evidence of ancient microbial life in Jezero Crater where a beautiful ancient alluvial fan is now the focus of attention. This lecture should provide useful background information of this interesting planet and outline some of its Australian scientific contributions. Dr. Gostin has been researching, supervising and teaching geology and earth history at undergraduate and postgraduate levels since 1970. He has supervised many research students in sedimentary, environmental, and petroleum geology. He is also concerned in promoting the understanding of earth sciences throughout the community His research projects involve the effects of climate on the nature and patterns of sedimentation, with special emphasis on ancient glaciations, modern cool-water shelf carbonates and lacustrine sediments. His identification of an extensive ejecta blanket derived from Australia's largest meteorite impact [honoured by asteroid 3640 GOSTIN], has widened his attention to planetary geology and to current climatic issues.Mars-Gostin
May 20 - Ross and Keith Smith Flight - Lainie Anderson
Details available here.
June 17 - AGM - Caves: Critical Windows into past Diversity - Dr Elizabeth Reed
Caves are remarkable underground archives of past biodiversity. Study of fossil deposits in caves helps us reconstruct past faunal communities and species distributions. They can also inform about past, present and future climate and biodiversity change. This is particularly important in the context of Australian mammal extinctions as many species face an uncertain future, particularly in light of global warming. Liz Reed is a vertebrate palaeontologist specialising in Quaternary cave deposits, largely within the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves National Park and Nullarbor Plain. She is a lecturer at University of Adelaide and a research scientist with the South Australian Museum. From 5:15 pm, this meeting will be streamed live via Zoom.  Follow the link below; https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83284086270?pwd=OE9xQVUxMkh3bFB1OXQwYm02ZDNBdz09
Meeting ID: 832 8408 6270 Passcode: 669310
July 15 - Program to help endangered Asian elephants - Nicki Stuart
More details can be found here.
To watch the lecture live via Zoom follow the link below: Topic: RGSSA July Lecture Time: Jul 15, 2021 05:30 PM Adelaide https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84351914317?pwd=LzR2VVpzVTdEczdqcHZNRSswRno3Zz09
Meeting ID: 843 5191 4317 Passcode: 123409
August 19 - Brock Lecture - Summitting the World's highest Peaks and 7 highest Volcanoes - Katie Sarah
Thanks to the State Library of South Australia, this will be the first lecture for many years to be held at the Hetzel Theatre, Institute Building, Corner North Tce & Kintore Ave. Details and a link to the Eventbrite booking can be found here. The Royal Geographical Society of South Australia Lecture Program is supported by the State Library of South Australia.
September 16 - Living along the Coorong: Veenstra family - Early settlement until the present - Joc Veenstra
More details to follow
October 21 - Changes to the Mound Springs over the last 40 years - Colin Harris PSM and Fellow RGSSA
More details to follow
November 18 - Easter Island and Peru - Joc Schmiechen
More details to follow