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Here you will find a calendar of Friends’ activities in the Gardens including lunchtime talks, social events, exhibitions and the ever-popular spring and autumn plant sales. In addition to events arranged by the Friends, we include some events arranged by the Gardens and by other organisations. A full list of events arranged by the Gardens is in their What's On webpage.

Lunchtime talks are held at 12.30pm every Thursday from February to November in the Gardens’ Theatrette. Talks last for 1 hour. Admission is by gold coin donation. There is no need to book. Some other events do require booking – please see individual items.

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Event title Date Details
Kevin Thiele, ‘Species, taxonomy, genomics and you: a guide for the perplexed’ Thursday, 30 April 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Dr Kevin Thiele is the head of the Western Australian Herbarium and a practicing taxonomic and systematic botanist. He and his colleagues at the Herbarium and elsewhere regularly discover and name new species (and of course also rename perfectly good existing ones), and have to grapple with many of the issues that will be discussed in this talk. He also has a particular interest in the social context and implications of taxonomy, causing him perhaps to struggle even more than average with the conundrums of taxonomy and its relationships with science and society.

Plant Science Group Technical Talk: Heino Lepp, 'Lichens - Colour and Chemistry'. VENUE: THEATRETTE at the ANBG. Monday, 4 May 2015 - 10:30am

Lichens and other fungi come in a variety of colours, which may change if you apply a drop of a suitable chemical.  Are such reactions useful for identification or for taxonomic purposes? Have you ever wondered how useful household bleach, ammonia or vanillin are in the study of lichens or of fungi in general? These are some of the subjects being talking about.

Heino Lepp is a Scientific Associate of the Australian National Herbarium, curating the Fungi Collection and undertaking associated research projects. He also assists with public identifications of fungi.

Dr Judy West, ‘Forest music’ : A Canberra International Music Festival event Tuesday, 5 May 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Please note there will be no Thursday Talk in the Auditorium this week instead the 2015 Canberra International Music Festival will host a programme in ANBG called‘A musical treasure hunt through a green labyrinth: the ultimate ecological experience’. Charges may apply.

Dr Michael Mulvaney, ‘Red Hill Regenerators’ Thursday, 14 May 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Michael’s talk will be a natural history of Red Hill from its geological formation to the plants and animals that occur there today. It will have a specific focus but will place Red Hill into a wider ACT conservation context.

Professor Richard Duncan, ‘The impact of humans; patterns of bird extinction in remote Pacific Islands’ Thursday, 21 May 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

The remote islands of the South Pacific were the last habitable region on Earth to be colonized by humans. A massive extinction event followed human colonization, with fossil deposits revealing the loss of thousands of bird populations on islands across the Pacific. However gaps in the fossil record mean that considerable uncertainty surrounds the magnitude and pattern of these extinctions.

Assistant Professor Dianne Gleeson, ‘Wildlife detection using environmental DNA’ Thursday, 28 May 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

 

Associate Professor Dianne Gleeson research interests are in the application of DNA technologies for biodiversity conservation outcomes. Specifically this has been applied to population genetics of threatened species (invertebrates & vertebrates) and in the developing field of wildlife forensics. She is interested in application of next generation sequencing technologies to applications within ecology such as species detection from trace DNA samples and diet analysis of gut/scat contents.

Dr Martin Fortescue, ‘Booderee National Park: the jewel of Jervis Bay’ Friday, 5 June 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Martin, Booderee National Park Resource Manager, will discuss a new book on Booderee NP written in collaboration between ANU and Booderee researchers and talk about some of the benefits of the enduring research partnership.

 

Viewing Botanical Art at National Library Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 1:00pm, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 2:00pm, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 3:00pm

Friends are offered an exclusive opportunity to a viewing of original botanical illustrations and watercolours by the artists Robert David Fitzgerald (1830-1892), Adam Forster (1848-1928) and Ida McComish (1885-1978).  The viewing sessions will commence with a brief introductory talk. Please note that this event is for members only of the Friends of the ANBG. For more details, including booking arrangements, click on the heading in column 1 to the left.

Viewing Botanical Art at National Library Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 1:00pm, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 2:00pm, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 3:00pm

Friends are offered an exclusive opportunity to a viewing of original botanical illustrations and watercolours by the artists Robert David Fitzgerald (1830-1892), Adam Forster (1848-1928) and Ida McComish (1885-1978).  The viewing sessions will commence with a brief introductory talk. Please note that this event is for members only of the Friends of the ANBG. For more details, including booking arrangements, click on the heading in column 1 to the left.

Viewing Botanical Art at National Library Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 1:00pm, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 2:00pm, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 3:00pm

Friends are offered an exclusive opportunity to a viewing of original botanical illustrations and watercolours by the artists Robert David Fitzgerald (1830-1892), Adam Forster (1848-1928) and Ida McComish (1885-1978).  The viewing sessions will commence with a brief introductory talk. Please note that this event is for members only of the Friends of the ANBG. For more details, including booking arrangements, click on the heading in column 1 to the left.

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