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.

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. Zoom link – Lecture Thursday 19 August We hope to see on Thursday in the Hetzel Room of the Institute Building, but if you are unable to attend in person, you may wish to view the lecture online.  Please understand that we may have some technical difficulties due to the new location of the lecture meetings but we hope to be online from 5:20 pm. Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81429157876?pwd=cHVJOHhsSDEwQm9jdlQ4UDkzNEhldz09 Meeting ID: 814 2915 7876 Passcode: 709260
September 16 - Living along the Coorong: Veenstra family - Early settlement until the present - Joc Veenstra
More details can be found in the attached flyer.
October 21 - Changes to the Mound Springs over the last 40 years - Colin Harris PSM and Fellow RGSSA
Oases in the Desert revisited: forty years of mound springs conservation   by Colin Harris On 22 October 1981, almost exactly forty years ago, Colin delivered his Presidential address to our Society. Entitled Oases in the desert: the mound springs of northern South Australia, it was subsequently published in the Society’s Proceedings, becoming in the process something of a rallying cry for the better conservation and management of these exceptional features of our outback environment. Forty years on Colin will review how successful our conservation efforts have been. Mound springs are natural outlets for the underground waters of the Great Artesian basin of Australia and are exceptionally interesting and important features of outback South Australia, Queensland and north-west New South Wales. For Indigenous people arriving in Australia’s inland environment many thousands of years ago the springs provided an unfailing source of potable water and this importance is reflected in dreaming stories and song cycles which crisscross the outback. When European colonists moved into inland Australia in the mid-19th century they too were quick to appreciate the strategic importance of the springs. In South Australia, the alignments of springs to the west and south west of Lake Eyre were the key to McDouall Stuart’s successful crossing of the Continent in 1861-62, the construction of the Overland Telegraph in 1870-72, the building of the narrow gauge Ghan Railway and the establishment of many pastoral runs with head stations located on the springs. Colin is a Past President and Fellow of our Society and has been actively involved in mound springs management for around fifty years, both from within and from outside of Government. In recognition of his work with mound springs, and native vegetation management more generally, he was awarded the Public Service Medal in 1999. He is currently President of the community conservation group Friends of Mound Springs.
November 18 - Easter Island and Peru - Joc Schmiechen
More details to follow