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August 2007 Issue
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Living Life Impact Open Day 2007

The Forum

The Forum is one of the most popular additions to Open Day in recent years.

In The Forum, leading University of Adelaide researchers address big community issues in a panel format that gives members of the community the chance to interact, ask questions, and have their say.

VENUE: Eclipse Room, Level 4,Union House, North Terrace Campus
TIME: 11.00am and 2.00pm - each Forum will run for approximately one hour
COST: Entry is free

Childhood Obesity: Is it a product of our media culture?

The rate of childhood obesity in Australia is one of the highest in the world. Just how big is the problem? What effect has the media had on the rates of childhood obesity? What are the major health problems associated with obesity?


Professor Graeme Hugo is one of Australia's most respected demographers. He is a Federation Fellow, Professor of the Discipline of Geographical and Environmental Studies and Director of the National Centre for Social Applications of Geographic Information Systems at the University of Adelaide.

Professor Pascale Quester is Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions and is the Inaugural Professor of Marketing at the School of Commerce at the University of Adelaide. She has published two leading academic texts on the topic of marketing and consumer behaviour.

Dr Mary Griffiths is Head of Media at the University of Adelaide. Her research is in e-democracy, digital arts, and other new forms of participatory and mobile media. She runs the mini-track in e-democracy at the annual European Conference of E-Government.

Dr Lisa Kettler is a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide, and is also a practising psychologist. She has a research and clinical interest in the underlying psychological and behavioural mechanisms that may contribute to the development of obesity in childhood.

Is the Australian Government doing enough to ensure the long-term sustainability of the country?

There is little doubt that Australia will face the effects of climate change in the future. How this change will affect different regions is unknown. What we need to know is if the Australian Government is doing enough to ensure the survival of regions in the long term.


Professor Andrew Lowe holds a joint position as Chair of Plant Conservation Biology at the University of Adelaide and Head of Science at Adelaide Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium. Professor Lowe has an international reputation in plant ecological and evolutionary genetics.

Professor Gus Nathan leads the Turbulence Energy and Combustion (TEC) Group in the University's Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences. This group has been responsible for the development of combustion technology that halves NOx emissions from rotary kilns.

Professor Christopher Findlay is Head of the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide. He has worked on Australia's trade policy and its effects on our relationships with Asia, particularly in the APEC process.

Professor Timothy Doyle is Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Adelaide. He has been a dedicated environmental and human rights activist since the late 1970s and is currently President of the Ecopolitical Association of Australasia.


Want to know what's so unique about the University of Adelaide's North Terrace Campus, its buildings, facilities, and public artworks?

Tours are an ideal option for those curious enough to find out, and there are so many tours available that there's bound to be something for everyone:

  • Campus tours will enable you to become more familiar with the University grounds and buildings of interest;
  • Public Art and Heritage Tours will take in specific buildings and public artworks in detail;
  • Self-guided tours of the historic Mitchell Building;
  • See remarkable ancient treasures on display on a tour of the University's Museum of Classical Archaeology;
  • Tours of laboratories in Sciences and Engineering;
  • Tours of the various accommodation facilities, including the residential colleges and The Village.

For more information about any of these tours, as well as the wide range of Art & Culture programs and displays available at the University on Open Day, visit the Open Day website:


You can't have an Open Day without food - it will be available at various locations across campus, so why not follow your nose (or your stomach)!

There are four main food locations to tantalise your taste buds - Rumours Café (Level 6, Union House), Union Bookshop Café (Ground Floor, George Murray Building), Mayo Refectory (Ground Floor, Union House) and the food vans on Goodman Lawns.

Food will also be available at some of the many teaching and research displays on campus, including the Wilto Yerlo Indigenous Feast at the Walter Young Gardens.

Student Life

Hughes Plaza

Becoming a member of a club or sports team makes your time at the University of Adelaide even more enjoyable and is a great way to make friends and meet people. Stop by Hughes Plaza to find a club or sports team that suits your interests. Never tried it before? Here's the perfect chance to get involved. Check out the demonstrations too - it's all happening on your way down to Union House.

Union House

Head down to the Cloisters and absorb the carnival atmosphere provided by the Adelaide University Union (AUU). While studying at the University of Adelaide, students flock to the Union for campus culture - that is, all the fun stuff about being a student! Grab something to eat and drink, and check out the live music, dancing, face painters, and general tomfoolery!


Open Day offers a wonderful range of entertainment right across campus. From formal orchestra rehearsals to international music, the University will be alive with something to entertain everyone.

The entertainment includes:

Festival of Short Film

VENUE: Scott Theatre
TIME: 12 noon-2.00pm

See page 3 for more information.

Science, Fun and the Future

VENUE: Room G04, Napier Building
TIME: 10am, 12.30pm and 2.00pm

One of Australia's favourite science communicators, University of Adelaide graduate and former Curiosity Show host Dr Deane Hutton, explores the future with science and technology.

Theatre Guild

VENUE: Barr Smith Library Reading Room
TIME: 11.15am, 12 noon, 12.45pm

Catch short performances by the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild, performing work by Creative Writing Students.

Wilto Yerlo (Centre for Australian and Indigenous Research and Studies)

VENUE: Walter Young Gardens
TIME: 12 noon-3.00pm

Enjoy an Indigenous Feast, watch performances by the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM).

Elder Conservatorium of Music

VENUE: Barr Smith Library Reading Room
TIME: all day

Enjoy performances by talented vocal and classical groups within the Barr Smith Library's impressive and historic Reading Room.

VENUE: Elder Hall
TIME: 2.00pm-3.00pm

Listen to a Chamber Orchestra rehearsal of Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

VENUE: Madley Studios
TIME: 11.30am-12.30pm

Watch an open rehearsal of the Jazz Big Band in the Madley Rehearsal Space.

Battle of the Bands

VENUE: Goodman Crescent Lawns
TIME: 10.30am-4.00pm

Featuring bands from across the Adelaide metropolitan area and the country, Open Day's Battle of the Bands competition will once again bring the lawns to life with music. The performances will be judged by a panel from the University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music.

Studying at the University of Adelaide

Everything you need to know about becoming a student at the University of Adelaide is right here on Open Day.

The Bonython Hall Expo is a key location for information about the various study options available at the University. Talk with staff and students about your interests and find out what's right for you.

For a hands-on feel (and sometimes taste!) of what the University is all about, visit the many activities and displays hosted by the University's five Faculties: Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences; Health Sciences; Humanities & Social Sciences; Professions; and Sciences. Staff and students will be available to talk to you about their areas of teaching and research.

Information Talks are a must for anyone who's serious about studying at the University.

There are talks that provide general information about being a student at the University - such as A Beginners Guide to Uni, Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunities, or Adelaide Abroad: Overseas study as part of your degree - and there are Faculty-specific talks that provide you with more detailed information about your chosen areas of study.

There's also information about different pathways into university, how much it costs to study, and how to apply and enrol.

For those looking for a postgraduate and research opportunity at the University, there are specific talks for you.

A full program of the general information and Faculty talks is presented below.

For more information about any of these - or for details of the Faculty-specific talks - visit the University's Open Day website:

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