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.

The hard truth: Concussions and traumatic brain injury


September - Traumatic brain injury and the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease
Presented by Dr Fatima Nasrallah, Senior Research Fellow, Queensland Brain Institute

Dementia is now the second leading cause of death of Australians, and is the leading cause of death for Australian women. Medical research has shown that adults with a history of moderate traumatic brain injury have a 2.3 times greater risk of developing and a 4.5 times greater risk in severe traumatic brain injury. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for the majority of cases of dementia and is a rapidly increasing burden on patients, their carers, and healthcare systems as our society ages. Doctor Nasrallah will cover what we know about traumatic brain injury and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and discuss how we can use advanced technology for the early diagnosis of these conditions.

Wednesday 26 September, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at our Robina Library.

October - Taste: the door to your dietLuminary Lecture
Presented by Dr Holly Harris, University of Queensland

We all eat. But why do we like different foods? Why do we eat differently? What makes certain foods 'delicious' or others 'yuck'? In this Luminary Lecture, Dr  Holly Harris from the University of Queensland dives into a history of flavours and food preferences. The lecture will be hands-on, and you will have the opportunity to discover whether you are a 'supertaster' or not.  Dr Harris will also describe how you can hack your tastebuds to improve your health, or just widen your diet!

Wednesday 3 October, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at our Southport Library.

Calendar of events

Check out our Calendar of events for more information about upcoming lectures.