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Darwin Day 2019

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Parkwood Tavern

Cnr Olsen Ave & Wintergreen Drive

Parkwood, QLD 4214

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It's that time of year again where we celebrate the life work and contributions of Charles Darwin.


BRING THE KIDS!
This is a family friendly event! Kids eat free on Sundays at Parkwood Tavern and there's a jumping castle set up for them to play on too.



Schedule:

330-5pm: Food and mingle

5-5:30pm: Probing Alien Worlds: The Australian Search for Habitable Exoplanets by Mr Jack Clark

5:30-6pm: Understanding human evolution one discovery at a time by Dr Renaud Joannes-Boyau

6-6:30pm: Q&A

6:30-7pm: Mingle and wrap-up


About the speakers

Mr Jake Clark
PhD Candidate, Centre for Astrophysics

Jake defines his 'day job' as discovering alien worlds that no human has laid eyes upon before – pretty rad, right!? Based at the University of Southern Queensland's Toowoomba campus, his PhD research is using machine learning to help predict what stars host exoplanets, and in particular stars that are currently being observed by NASA's new planet finding mission, TESS.

Other research interests involve directly hunting for exoplanets using Toowoomba's very own planet finding telescope array MinERVA-Australis, re-calibrating the orbital parameters of known planetary systems and determining the chemical and geological composition of large rocky and small gassy worlds known as super-Earths.

During the spare time, Jake spends his time as a freelance science communicator informing and empowering everyday Australians about the importance (and fun!) of STEM. The usual suspect activities he is involved with include: facilitating hands-on workshops in schools, running public observing nights in the Darling Downs, talking science on community radio and curating engaging media articles about the latest astronomical discoveries.



Dr Renaud Joannes-Boyau
(PhD), SCU EMCR representative, Australian Academy of Science, School Director HDR Southern cross GeoScience, Head of Geoarchaeology and Archaeometry Research Group (GARG)


Dr Renaud Joannes-Boyau is a Senior Research Fellow at the Geoarchaeology and Archaeometry Research Group (GARG) at Southern Cross University focuses on the interaction between past human populations and their environment. (http://www.garg.com.au/about/). Dr Joannes-Boyau's research focuses on the development and application of direct dating methods and micro-analytical techniques to key questions in archaeological sciences, such as the timing of human evolution and interaction with the surrounding environment (in particular hominids ecological niche, diet and early life history).



$5 donation appreciated - all proceeds will go towards supporting The AIME Classroom.

(More info on AIME: https://aimementoring.com/the-aime-classroom)


Getting to the event

Public transport:
Parkwood Tavern is at the Gold Coast University Hospital stop on G-tram line.
If you are coming from Brisbane, hop off the train at the Helensvale stop and continue to GCUH on the tram.

Driving:
There is plenty of free parking at the tavern.




Co-hosted with Brisbane Skeptics Society and Queensland Skeptics.

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