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External events held at UWA
 August 2012
Friday 24
8:30 - CONFERENCE - Combined Biological Sciences Meeting 2012 : Full day meeting for all members of the life sciences community Website | More Information
CBSM aims to promote biological science in Western Australia by encouraging the interaction of scientists, students and industry representatives from all aspects of life science.

The meeting is designed to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and expertise to keep the life sciences in WA at the cutting edge. This annual meeting includes plenary presentations by national and international scientists and in 2012 will incorporate concurrent specialist symposia each with its own keynote speaker and session of local senior scientists.

CBSM is also geared toward students and the development of students among their peers. Several sessions are set aside for student presentations and for many it represents their first chance to present their work in a conference setting. These honours and post-graduate students work in universities, research institutes, and industry around Western Australia. In this way CBSM offers a unique “snapshot” of what is happening in local biological science and now attracts 250-300 delegates every year, with nearly 40 oral presentations, over 70 scientific posters and 30 trade booths. Check out the program at www.cbsmwa.org.au/program.

So where will you be on Friday the 24th of August? Join us at the University Club, The University of Western Australia for CBSM 2012!

www.cbsmwa.org.au - [email protected]

 September 2012
Saturday 01
20:00 - CONCERT - Tom Burlinson in "Now We're Swingin" : With 8 piece swing band Website | More Information
Tom Burlinson is returning to Western Australia with his latest show Now We’re Swingin’! This time he’s bringing his 8-piece band to present a montage of swing classics by Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra.

Songs include I’ve Got the World on a String, The Way You Look Tonight, I’ve Gotta Be Me, Summer Wind, For Once in my Life, the ever popular I’ve Got You Under My Skin and many, many more.

He will also pay due reverence to the current masters of swing - Harry Connick Jnr and Michael Bublé.

Special offer for UWA Staff! A reserve tickets at B reserve prices - simply quote the code word "Tom" when booking.

Book now through BOCS Ticketing - 9484 1133 or www.bocsticketing.com.au
Wednesday 05
19:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - The Expanding Universe : A public lecture with Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt about the discovery that won him and his team the prize. Website | More Information
In this one off very special event for Perth, Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt will describe the discovery that won him and his team the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, and explain how astronomers have used observations to trace the Universe's history back more than 13 billion years, leading them to ponder the ultimate fate of the cosmos.

Where: Octagon Theatre, UWA When: Wednesday September 5th, 7pm (doors open 6:45pm) Cost: Free! Tickets: www.expandinguniverse.eventbrite.com

In 1998 two teams traced back the expansion of the Universe over billions of years and discovered that it was accelerating, a startling discovery that suggests that more than 70% of the cosmos is contained in a previously unknown form of matter, called Dark Energy. In 2011 Professor Brian Schmidt, leader of the High-Redshift Supernova Search Team, was named joint winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics. Brian and his team’s work on the expansion of the Universe fundamentally changed astrophysics – it opened up a whole new area of science and introduced the world to the concept of Dark Energy.
Sunday 16
18:00 - SYMPOSIUM - 1st Symposium on Plant Signalling & Behaviour : A 5-day symposium covering themes from Plant Cell Biology & Signalling to Plant Sensory & Behavioural Ecology and Theoretical Botany Website | More Information
It is a great pleasure to invite you to participate in the very 1st Symposium on Plant Signalling & Behaviour (SPSB 2012) to be held at the University of Western Australia on 16th-21st September 2012.

The SPSB 2012 was conceived out of a desire to support and advance this new and exciting research area by bringing together a diverse group of researchers who are working and are concerned with plants, but who are doing so from very different perspectives. The aim of the symposium is to build a transdisciplinary bridge for the new emergent knowledge and view of the plant world to be shared widely and flourish into rewarding collaborative explorations.

Within a hot cauldron of creative thinking, the SPSB 2012 aims at providing you with the opportunity to showcase your recent research findings, to advance our current knowledge and understanding of plants and to exchange ideas with colleagues on themes ranging from Plant Cell Biology & Signalling to Plant Sensory & Behavioural Ecology, and Theoretical Botany.

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS - now OPEN!!
Friday 21
12:30 - FREE LECTURE - Reflections on the War on Terror : Ret'd Lt. Colonel Dan Mori , legal counsel for David Hicks, brings stories from the courts of human rights and military pressure. More Information
Jointly hosted by the Chaplain Rev Dr Ian Robinson and the Uniting Church Social Justice Board. Dan Mori is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. Mori was appointed by the United States Department of Defense to represent David Hicks in November 2003. He handled Hicks’ case through to its conclusion. In June 2007 Mori was presented with an honorary membership of the Australian Bar Association for his defence of David Hicks. In October 2007, he was awarded a civil justice award from the Australian Lawyers Alliance as “recognition by the legal profession of unsung heroes who, despite personal risk or sacrifice, have fought to preserve individual rights, human dignity or safety”. He has recently moved to Australia to work with the Shine Lawyers National Social Justice Project.
Sunday 23
10:00 - EVENT - Perth Upmarket : Perth’s premier quarterly market for original and handcrafted wares. Website | More Information
Perth Upmarket is Perth’s premier quarterly market for original and handcrafted wares. The market brings together over 150 of Perth’s most talented artists, designers, craftsmen and gourmets all under one roof at the University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall. Incorporating a dedicated Junior Upmarket and Gourmet section.

Parking and entry are free and the venue is easily accessible. Two ATMs onsite.
Wednesday 26
16:00 - SEMINAR - “New Insights into Type 1 Diabetes Development and Therapy” Website | More Information
Chris Parish is an immunologist and cancer biologist with a research career spanning 40 years. He is recognised as a world leader in studies of immune regulation and the role of heparanase and heparan sulfate in cell migration. He has also developed several carbohydrate-based drugs, such as PI-88 (Muparfostat), that inhibit inflammation, tumour metastasis and angiogenesis and has developed immunotherapeutic cancer vaccines. His research findings underpin five Australian biotechnology companies. In 2005 he was awarded the Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research in recognition of his scientific achievements.
Thursday 27
18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - The End of Growth : Public Lecture with Richard Heinberg More Information
Richard Heinberg, a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, will deliver a public lecture exploring the close link between the resource/environment and the social/economic components of the present global turmoil.

Richard argues that continuous growth of either population or GDP is impossible in a finite world, with both these drivers of unsustainability having now run up against nature’s biophysical limits. While the conventional wisdom is that we must get ‘the economy’ growing again, Heinberg shows that not only is this the wrong strategy, it is actually making the situation worse.

Nature—according to Richard—is now forcing humanity to a transition, one that is as profound as the transition from gatherer/hunter to settled agriculturalist 10,000 years ago.

Richard is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators. His latest book, The End of Growth, follows nine others that deal with declining resources, particularly oil. His books have been translated into eight languages. Richard is a recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education (2006). He has appeared in a number of documentaries, the most recent being Earth 2100 (2009)

18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - A Proper Sense of History : Former Prime Minister John Howard will present The Sir Paul Hasluck Foundation Lecture More Information
As Minister for External Affairs and Minister for Defence, Sir Paul Hasluck was integral in formulating Australia’s post war security and foreign policy. He was a strong advocate for our nation’s indigenous people, particularly in health and education. He was a prolific writer, authoring volumes on politics, foreign affairs, public policy and poetry.

Following his graduation from UWA, Sir Paul became a journalist, a diplomat and then a Member of Parliament and a term as Governor-General and remained active in public life following his retirement. Sir Paul died in Perth in 1993.

The Sir Paul Hasluck Foundation was established this year to promote and inform conservative thought and debate of key issues facing Australia. It seeks to celebrate the central insight of Sir Paul’s life: that learning and ideas matter.

The lecture will rotate around Australian states, and will feature a renowned speaker addressing a significant contemporary issue, drawing on Sir Paul’s interests and principles

 October 2012
Friday 05
15:00 - EVENT - Suck It and See : The chance to have a go at different track and field events, while supervised by qualified coaches and athletes More Information
Olympics make you feel like a slob? Wanna have a crack at one of those athletics events you saw but don’t know how to go about it? UWA Athletics Club is having a “Suck it and See” afternoon at McGillivray Oval on Friday 5 October 2012 from 3:00pm.

Ever wondered how far you can throw a javelin, shot or discus, or if you can high jump your own height (or maybe only long jump it)? There will be qualified coaches & athletes there to give you some tips and there will be a sausage sizzle and a few drinks after at the AJ Pavillion from 5:00pm.

Why not come down and check it out. Who knows, you might discover a hidden talent.

Send an email to either [email protected] or [email protected] if you are interested!
Tuesday 09
9:00 - CONFERENCE - World Muscle Society Annual Congress, Perth, Western Australia Website | More Information
The World Muscle Society is the world’s premier Society devoted to the research, diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders

In 2012, the Society’s Annual Congress is being held in Perth, Western Australia from Tuesday the 9th to Saturday 13th October: the first time that the Congress has been held in Australia.

The webpage for the Congress is: https://www.wms2012.com

The 2012 Congress is likely to be a watershed Congress in relation to the application of next generation sequencing technologies to neuromuscular disorders both in diagnosis and research and for therapies for neuromuscular disorders, which until now have largely been incurable diseases.
Thursday 11
20:00 - PERFORMANCE - Marney McQueen : Is a Rump Steak at a Vegan Barbeque Website | More Information
In this fresh and hilarious cabaret, the ever-surprising triple threat Marney McQueen spills the dirt from behind the theatrical curtain. As a leading lady in the big gay musicals Hairspray and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, this single girl felt like a juicy rump steak at a vegan BBQ. Trading men and mating for sequins and showboys, here is the musical story of a globe-trotting starlet who found no Sex in the Cities. Not a sausage.

Hot-on-the-heels of sell-out character cabaret shows in Melbourne, Sydney, London, Edinburgh and New York, Rump Steak showcases Marney's hilarious songwriting and character observations as she presents her first-ever Australian cabaret show as herself… with a little help from celebrity beautician Rosa Waxoffski and friends. This show was a sell out in its recent London season and is now heading to Perth for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

SPECIAL TICKET OFFER FOR UWA STAFF: $40 tickets (save $10!) Discounted tickets can only be purchased at the door. Box Office open from 7pm.

‘Marney McQueen is a force to be reckoned with.’ The Age.

‘There is something in the theatre called a triple threat, performers who can sing, dance and act. If there is something beyond that, it's Marney McQueen.’ The West Australian. ‘A sure fire hit’. Edinburgh Guide.

‘Marney McQueen is a true chameleon entertainer. She is also hilariously funny.’ Jacki Weaver.

‘She has the goods.’ Barry Humphries.
Wednesday 17
8:30 - EVENT - Australia China Business Council Education Forum 2012 : Chinese Language and Cultural Competency in Schools and Industry - Real Links to a Sustainable Relationship Website | More Information
Whilst trade and enterprise have led Australia's bilateral relations with China, education promotes mutual understanding and long lasting links. This year's forum will focus on developing Chinese language and cultural competency in schools, universities and industry. His Excellency Mr Chen Yuming, Chinese Ambassador to Australia, will provide the keynote address and a panel of business leaders and education representatives will share their experiences.
Sunday 21
10:00 - EXPO - The Art Expo : Perth's Affordable Art Fair! Website | More Information
WHAT: The Art Expo WHEN: Sunday 21st October, 10 am - 4 pm WHERE: University of WA

Come and see us at "The Art Expo" and visit with over 50 exhibiting visual artists in the beautiful grounds of UWA. Fantastic local art in all mediums is available to be purchased on the day.

This extensive exhibit will showcase established and emerging WA artists, as well as hosting the Animal Art Awards, with part proceeds going to the animal charity SAVE.

Artists and art lovers will come together to share their common interests and be entertained by some of Perth’s most talented musicians. With an array of gourmet food, great coffee, live demonstrations and portraits, kids face painting and craft, this promises to be a special day.

Children are free and adult tickets are $10. To book online: https://www.trybooking.com/BUWR

We look forward to seeing you!

The Fab Arts Team www.fabartevents.com.au
Sunday 28
9:00 - EVENT - The UWA Science Experience 2013 : A three-day program of science events Website | More Information
Applications CLOSE 30th November for the Science Experience 2013. Current year 9 and 10 students apply on-line at the Science Experience website. Late applications will be accepted if a place is available. To check whether a program is fully booked at any time go to www.scienceexperience.com.au/when-where/wa

The Science Experience is a three day program of events for students about to enter Year 10 and Year 11. The program is held Tuesday 15th - Thursday 17th January 2013 and is designed to excite students about science and technology and introduce the students to the variety of career options in science and engineering, with the aim that more will choose to study and pursue a career in science.

9:00 - EVENT - Subiaco Rotary Craft Fair : Rotary Club Matilda Bay presents WA's largest outdoor community event. Website | More Information
The Rotary Club of Matilda Bay has much pleasure in continuing the tradition of presenting its annual Subiaco Craft and Community Fair. All proceeds are allocated to charitable organisations or local Rotary community and international projects.

The Fair showcases a diverse range of beautiful locally handmade crafts and goods and is arguably the most prestigious event of its kind in Western Australia. This year, the event promises to be fantastic with an estimated 190 stalls, free activities, entertainment and great food, with time to admire the magnificent surroundings of Matilda Bay and the Swan River and explore the tranquil University grounds.

If you are interested in applying for a stall, application information and registration is available on the website.

A $2 gold coin entry donation will be made (children under 5 free) and be used entirely to assist local charities and community projects (including Uni Camp for Kids). More info: https://www.subiacocraftfair.org.au/
Wednesday 31
12:00 - SEMINAR - Accomplished Education Researcher Seminar Series : NAPLAN: Driving school improvement or doing the work of the devil? Website | More Information
Controversy continues to surround national student assessment in Australia. However, I argue that testing is neither good nor bad: the devil lies in what people – teachers, school, systems and even parents – do about the tests and the data they generate. I report the experiences of principals, teachers and curriculum consultants in one educational authority to describe how responsibility for interrogating, interpreting and applying data has gradually shifted from an external top-down approach to an internal bottom-up model in a planned, sustained and centrally supported manner, during the past eight years.

 November 2012
Friday 02
19:30 - PERFORMANCE - M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang : A sensational story of lust, politics, and betrayal that challenges ideas of gender, culture and sexuality. Website | More Information
This imaginative and at times shocking play is one of the most celebrated of recent American plays, and the first by an Asian-American to win universal acclaim.

Bored with his routine posting in Beijing, and awkward with women, French diplomat Rene Gallimard is easy prey for the subtle, delicate charms of Song Liling, a Chinese opera star who personifies Gallimard’s fantasy vision of submissive, exotic oriental sexuality. She is to him, the ‘perfect woman,’ yet this Chinese butterfly of his passions is ultimately revealed to be far more than she seems. Gallimard begins a twenty-year affair with ‘her,’ during which time he passes along diplomatic secrets, an act which brings on his downfall and imprisonment.

Weaving into the play many parallels with, and ultimately ironic reversals of, Puccini’s opera, Madame Butterfly, Hwang explores the stereotypes that underlie, distort and threaten relations between Eastern and Western culture, and between men and women. It is powerful metaphor for the exploration of deep themes; the perception of Eastern culture by the West, and the persistent romanticism which clouds and inhibits that perception.

The multi-award-winning play is a brilliant theatrical tour de force, which, in its Broadway production, became an immediate critical and popular success.
Friday 09
13:30 - SEMINAR - Kimberley Marine Science Seminar 9 November : Free seminar about current and planned marine research in the Kimberley Website | More Information
The final of 3 FREE seminars on past, current and planned research in the Kimberley

Afternoon tea provided.

SEMINAR 3: FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER

Dr Chris Simpson (DEC) The WAMSI Kimberley Marine Research Program: A once in a lifetime opportunity

Recent resource development proposals by oil and gas companies to process and export Browse Basin hydrocarbons on the Kimberley mainland and offshore islands have recently put the entire Kimberley region under the spotlight. Although the number of people living in the Kimberley and visitors to this region is still relatively small, the natural and cultural values of the Kimberley region are very well known by Australians.

The Kimberley region is considered widely as one of the world’s last great wilderness areas, a biodiversity ‘hotspot’ and a centre of Aboriginal culture. The resource development proposals provided impetus for the State Government’s Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy (KSCS) that would help ensure that any development would be compatible with the maintenance of the natural and Aboriginal heritage values of this region.

The WAMSI Kimberley Marine Research Program (KMRP) is a key element of the KSCS and is a once in a lifetime opportunity to undertake and integrated program of marine research in this region. The KMRP is focused on providing the scientific information to underpin the conservation and management of the marine environment of the Kimberley in general and the proposed regional network of marine parks and reserves in particular. The KMRP began formally with the endorsement of KMRP Science Plan by the WAMSI Board in December 2011. The KMRP Science Plan was preceded by several other documents and reports, including the 2008 WAMSI a turning of the tide report, highlighting the urgent need for a program of marine research in the Kimberley coastal waters.

The presentation will briefly outline the history, objectives, geographical focus, research directions and outcomes of the KMRP. The operational and logistical difficulties of undertaking marine research in such a large and remote location will also be discussed.

Mr James Brown (Kimberley Marine Research Station) An insider’s perspective on marine research in the Kimberley

The Kimberley Marine Research Station (KMRS) was first established in 2009 with guidance from WAMSI in an endeavour to support and contribute to an enhanced marine science effort throughout the remote Kimberley region of the far north-west. KMRS was founded upon the overarching ethos of generating the highest standard of truly independent, peer-reviewed scientific output for the greater public good, working towards bridging relevant knowledge gaps on this remarkable yet largely under-studied marine region. Located at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula, 200km by road north of Broome, the KMRS venture was pioneered by Kimberley born-and-bred marine biologist and third generation pearl farmer James Brown. Today, KMRS represents one of only five marine research stations along WA’s 27,000km coastline; the first and only fully operational marine research facility along the 13,500km contours of Kimberley coastline; and the only privately funded marine research facility in the country. Along with resident marine scientists based permanently on-site year round, the Station offers a mainland base, vessels, infrastructure, support personnel and 65 years’ worth of local knowledge and marine expertise to researcher teams with boating, diving and aquarium facilities available for research use. This talk will provide insight into the opportunities, logistics and exciting potential for marine scientists interested in operating in and on Kimberley waters through KMRS.
Monday 12
11:00 - WORKSHOP - Unlocking soil's secrets to open the door to agricultural productivity gains : Soil Biology Workshop with international, national and local speakers Website | More Information
As the world population grows and we are facing a 70% increase of food demand over the next four decades,the need to retain versatile and productive soils for food production and to maximise the output from the land is one of the most important issues of our time. This symposium will bring together world leading soil scientists to highlight the importance of soil health, from a national and global food security perspective. They will examine the role which science, technology and innovation can play in supporting Australian farmers in maintaining and developing healthy soils to achieve productivity gains and sustainable agricultural production. To participate in this workshop register online via www.soilhealthwa.eventbrite.com.au

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