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Re: november d3sj & other meetings

From: geoffrey
Sent on: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 7:29 AM

D3SJ* meeting 11 November 2009:

Introducing "Friends of the Earth"

Every day, more community groups are being formed to express our shared concerns regarding resource depletion, climate change and environmental devastation. Isolated and divided we will remain ineffective. It is therefore imperative we come together to meet, talk, understand each other and ultimately speak with a united voice to the powers that be.

This month, Friends of the Earth or FoE will tell us about themselves. The plan is to have a 30 minute formal presentation to answer: What is FoE? How do they operate? Who do they work with? What is their vision? How do they intend to achieve their vision? This will also include an explanation of their two businesses - reverse garbage and bicycle revolution - which support their activities and provide ethical employment in sustainable resource use.

The next 15 minutes will be an activity to explore the different ways members of the audience view societal change occuring. This will be interactive where the audience is fully involved and will discuss the various ways to facilitate change. This will then lead on to greater discussion on change and how we can make it happen.

Date & time: Wednesday 11 November 2009

5.30pm - biscuits, coffee/tea

6.00pm - presentations & discussion

7.15pm - meeting concludes - enthusiastic participants are encouraged to continue discussion over dinner at another venue

Venue: Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Boardrooms, 134 Whitmore St (Swann Rd end), Taringa. Go to reception (off upper car park) & signs will direct from there.

Parking is available on site (upper car park- anywhere there is a space or lower car parks in the non reserved spaces).There's also plenty of nearby on-street parking (with no meters/time limit) at that time of day.

Who should attend: Any intelligent person interested in the common good.

Cost: FREE!

* Doctors and Scientists for Sustainability and Social Justice:

We invite participation from all members of the public who agree with the medical and scientific principles that we should use evidence, reason and fairness as the primary means to address the issues facing society

please visit for more information

Friday 20 Nov: AGDF Green Drinks is the third Friday of every month:
When:   We gather any time from 5pm ? 8pm & sometimes longer.
Where:  Flowers of the World, 15A Little Stanley Street Precinct, 176 Grey St, South Bank
contact:danielle bolton: [address removed]
For more information regarding the meetings below, contact lynelle ross: [address removed]

Australian Institute of Physics International Year of Astronomy Series
Professor Brian Boyle will discuss his work on the The  Square Kilometre Array.
Thursday 12 November 2009, Winterford Room, Regatta Hotel, Coronation Drive @ 6.30 pm
Stretching over a continent and comprised of over 5000 antennas, the Square Kilometre Array is proposed to be the world's largest radio telescope and one of the most ambitious pieces of scientific infrastructure ever built.  It will address some of the key questions of 21st century astronomy and physics and act as an scientific icon
for generations to come.
He will outline the international project which aims to build this telescope by the end of next decade, and describe some of the transformational scientific projects that will be done with the telescope. He will also describe current SKA activities in Australia developments, including construction of the Australian SKA Pathfinder telescope at the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory in Western Australia over the coming four years.  With Southern Africa, Australia is currently one of two countries short-listed to host this $2.5b telescope.


BrisScience in partnership with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) on the occasion of ATSE?s 32nd National Symposium - Future-proofing Australia: Rising to the Challenge of Climate Change 
Australia?s energy requirements are growing every year, with Queensland?s consumption increasing more quickly than anywhere else. But what will feed this growth over the next ten or fifty years? With climate change at crisis point, low emission technologies and renewable energy will be essential for Australia?s energy future.
There is healthy debate, however, amongst environmentalists, engineers, governments, and residents as to what those technologies should be. Should we be building wind generators, installing solar panels or investing in carbon capture and storage? Will geothermal and wave power be viable? What about nuclear energy? Most importantly, what are the costs, benefits and risks of the upcoming technologies, and how will they affect you, the consumer?
Join Dr Joel Gilmore and a team of expert panelists as they discuss the merits and implications of a range of current and future technologies ? from wind to solar to clean coal, and more ? in this special BrisScience session in partnership with ATSE.
Panelists include:
    * John Loughhead, Executive Director, UK Energy Research Centre
    * Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg ? Director, Global Change Institute, UQ
    * Professor Kelly Thambimuthu, FTSE ? Director, Centre for Coal Energy Technology (CCETech), UQ
    * Peter Meurs ? Managing Director, Worley Parsons

Venue: State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 1
Date: Tuesday 17 November, 2009 @ 6.30 pm (Doors open at 6 pm)
Questions? Contact Lynelle ([address removed])
30 November - Len Fisher, UK Author of Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life, How to Dunk a Doughnut: The Science of Everyday Life, Weighing the Soul: The Evolution of Scientific Ideas, and The Perfect Swarm: The Science of Complexity in Everyday Life. In partnership with the Brisbane Writers Festival, BrisScience proudly presents Opening the Door to Science
IgNobel Prize winning physicist, Len Fisher, has captured the public imagination with his personal approach to popular science writing. Topics range from the physics of biscuit dunking to the use of the mathematics of co-operation to help resolve resource depletion and global warming.
WHEN: 6 pm ? 7 pm
WHERE: State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 1
Questions? Contact Lynelle Ross 

14 December - Dr Daryl Cooper, University of California, Santa Barbara

Brisbane City Hall will be closing their doors at the end of 2009 due to refurbishment. BrisScience is currently looking at alternative venues for next years series and would like you, our audience, to indicate your preference for a new home for BrisScience. Please take 1 minute to let us know your preference for a new venue. Visit There is only one question to answer and by doing so you are helping to continue BrisScience's success. Thank you in advance.

ATSE 32nd National Symposium - Future-proofing Australia: Rising to the Challenge of Climate Change 
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