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Luminary lectures at the library

Luminary lectures

'Luminary lectures at the library' is a lecture series presented by academics across a range of interesting fields, that aims to connect our wider Gold Coast community with cutting edge research and information from the world of academia.

Our free, monthly lectures and discussions will be facilitated by academics and experts in their fields, and will cover a diverse range of content from the sciences, digital art, health sciences, engineering and more.

Come along, learn and connect with those who share similar interests and enjoy a lecture in a relaxed library environment. Whether you are a student, or just have a general interest in the topic, there will be something for everyone.


eSports and future jobs

eSports and future jobs

Do you hear the term eSports and wonder is that a job? Do you see a future involving artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual reality and want to make sure you’re not left behind? This presentation will explore the future of jobs, the emerging competitive video gaming market and the mixed reality landscape at the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution. Case study examples will be presented from the Mixed Reality Research Lab including behind the scenes insight into what it takes to bring eSports to a higher education institution. So please come along and engage with Dr Birt as he takes us on a journey to the future of work and the competitive world of eSports.

Tuesday 10 September, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Robina Library.

Book online now or phone 07 5581 1600.


The hidden value of the Great Barrier Reef and finding ways to protect it

The hidden value of the Great Barrier Reef and finding novel ways to protect it

What can we do for the Great Barrier Reef? Or what can the Great Barrier Reef do for us This question arises from the fact that – in this the century of biology — the biological resources on the reef are untapped and potentially of astronomical value.

Professor Bernie Degnan will explain how the basic biology of coral reef animals can lead ‘bioinspired’ discoveries and applied outcomes of incredible value, illustrating the almost infinite value of the Great Barrier Reef. He will also provide insight into the most significant problems facing the Great Barrier Reef and coral reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific: the crown-of-thorns starfish. This starfish is a highly fecund predator of corals that has have more impact on reef health than coral bleaching. Learn out about current work being undertaken to find a solution to the crown-of-thorns starfish problem to help save the reef.

Professor Degnan is the Director of the University of Queensland's Centre for Marine Science. A marine biologist, he has worked in his lab on the Great Barrier Reef for over 30 years largely studying coral reef invertebrates and has broad interests in the mechanisms that underpin the formation, evolution and functioning of animals.

Wednesday 16 October, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Southport Library.

Bookings for this event will open soon.


Chasing the holy grail: the quest for living longer

Will we have a future where old age isn't associated with chronic disease and ill health? As we age and enter the later years of our life we begin to be beseiged with diseases such as cancer, dementia, osteoporosis and arthritis. But why does it have to be this way? Join Professor Derek Richard and hear how Queensland scientists are developing a pill to stop these diseases, which will enable us to live out our lives to the fullest.

Wednesday 13 November, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Runaway Bay Library.

Bookings for this event will open soon.


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