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July 2009 Issue
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Rising to Global Power: How Australia could supply the whole world's energy needs

Future energy supply is a major global problem. Although no-one knows exactly when oil production will cease, its days are undoubtedly numbered and its environmental shortcomings well recognised.

Clearly, however, any alternatives that involve extracting resources from the earth will be similarly unsustainable, at best only temporarily deferring the problem. So where does the answer lie?

According to the University of Adelaide's Professor Derek Abbott, it could be right here in Australia.

In this exciting presentation, he examines the question of how - by expanding our vision to consider energy supply on a massive scale - an Australian collaboration between electrical engineers, economists and chemical engineers could potentially power the entire world.

Derek Abbott is a Professor in the University of Adelaide's School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He is a former winner of the Premier's SA Great Award in Science and Technology (2004) and has received scientific reportage in New Scientist, Nature, Scientific American and more.

When: 5:30pm - 6:30pm Tuesday 14 July
Where: Lecture Theatre 102, Napier Building, North Terrace Campus
RSVP: email: or phone: +61 8 8303 3692

Young Investigator Award - closing date for applications

The Young Investigator Award, now in its 10th year, is a highly successful event rewarding excellence in South Australia's young researchers in both science and their ability to communicate and 'sell' that science. The closing date for applications is 4.00pm Monday 6 July.

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Cornell Network

A Concert and Luncheon with Leslie Howard.

When: 12.10pm - Young Accompanists' Showcase; 1.10pm - Leslie Howard with violinist Niki Vasilakis; 2.30pm - Light Luncheon. Wednesday 8 July.
Where: Recital: Pilgrim Church, 12 Flinders Street, Adelaide; Lunch: Ambassador's Hotel, 107 King William Street, Adelaide
Cost: $30 per person for concert with luncheon
RSVP: Call +61 8 8303 0356 or email:

Exhibition: Endangered languages - disappearing diversity

Showcasing language revitalisation by University of Adelaide linguists with endangered speech communities.

When: Open now until Sunday 12 July, during normal Library opening hours
Where: Foyer, Barr Smith Library, North Terrace Campus
Cost: FREE - all welcome

Endangered Languages - public symposium

The University of Adelaide's Discipline of Linguistics presents a symposium on the "Role of the University in Preserving Linguistic Diversity". Featuring sessions on language revival on the Far West Coast, Western Desert and Norfolk Island.

When: 9.30am-4.30pm Thursday 9 July
Where: Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, North Terrace Campus
Cost: Free - all welcome
RSVP: Call +61 8 8303 4031 or email:

Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) early career researchers event

"Forging a Research Career When The Going Gets Tough!" Open to honours and postgraduate students and early career researchers from all three South Australian universities.

Topics include work + life balance, career challenges and career transitions.

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When: 9.45am-1.30pm Thursday 9 July
Where: Union House, level 4 Eclipse Room, North Terrace Campus
Cost: Free
RSVP: By Monday 6 July to or +61 8 8303 8222

'An Enchanting Dream' Under the Southern Stars

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Research Foundation - Annual Black Tie Dinner. All funds raised on the evening will support medical cancer research at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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When: 7.00pm-1.00am Saturday 18 July
Where: Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Adelaide, North Terrace
Cost: Tickets $160 each or table of 10 for $1600
RSVP: To Katherine Georgiou on +61 8 8244 1100 or email:

Minding Life - free public conference

Minds are evolved, but from what? This free public conference explores new thinking about the cognitive abilities of diverse living things. Speakers include Professor Ralph Adolphs (Caltech, USA), Professor Janet Wiles (University of Queensland) and Professor Colin Allen (Indiana University Bloomington, USA).

When: 10.00am-4.30pm Monday 20 July
Where: Room LG28, Lower Napier Building, North Terrace Campus
Cost: Free - all welcome

Friends of the University of Adelaide Library

Susanna Moore, Writer-in Residence with the University of Adelaide's Creative Writing program, will talk about "Daisy Bates and the provocation of research".

When: 1.05pm Thursday 23 July
Where: Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, North Terrace Campus
Cost: Free and open to all
RSVP: By Tuesday 14 July on +61 8 8303 4064 or

Centre for Automotive Safety Research - seminar series

The University of Adelaide's Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) presents a series of free public seminars showcasing the centre's work and research outcomes.

When: 4.00pm-5.30pm Friday 24 July
Where: Art Gallery Auditorium, South Australian Art Gallery, North Terrace, Adelaide
Cost: Free - all welcome
RSVP: To Leonie Witter on +61 8 8303 4114 or email:

Postgraduate Information Night

Interested in enhancing your career through further study? Come along and find out what the University of Adelaide has on offer, including research, coursework and honours programs, scholarships and more.

When: 5.00pm-7.00pm Friday 31 July
Where: Union House, Level 4 Conference Centre, North Terrace Campus
Cost: Free - all welcome
RSVP: To register your interest or for more information, visit:

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