Luminary lectures at the library

Gold Coast Libraries offers a diverse and exciting range of free programs and events for all interests and ages. There is something for everyone.

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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 worlds of science and academia.

Our free, monthly lectures and discussions are facilitated by academics and experts in their fields, and cover a diverse range of topics from the sciences, technology, 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.

Upcoming events

Stay connected and find out about our interesting range of topics lined up for 2020!

February - Vaccine development: The mission to defeat malaria


Vaccination is a hot topic, but how do vaccines work and can vaccination actually defeat diseases?

Professor Michael Good AO from Griffith University's Institute for Glycomics is an internationally-renowned immunology expert who specialises in infectious diseases and vaccine research. Professor Good leads the Laboratory of Vaccines for the Developing world that has been working to develop a world-first vaccine with the potential to eradicate the mosquito-borne-disease, malaria.

Professor Good will discuss the science behind the general benefits of vaccination and share his research into the work his lab is doing to develop vaccines to fight diseases like malaria on a global scale.

Wednesday 12 February, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Southport Library.

Book online now or phone 07 5581 7200.

March - The tales teeth tell: Human development, evolution and behaviour

Tales Teeth Tell

Our teeth have intriguing stories to tell. These sophisticated time machines record growth, diet, and evolutionary history as clearly as tree rings map a redwood’s lifespan. Each day of childhood is etched into tooth crowns and roots—capturing birth, nursing history, environmental clues, and illnesses.

Biological anthropologist Professor Tanya Smith from Griffith University's Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution will offer an engaging and surprising look at what teeth tell us about the evolution of primates - including our own uniqueness. The study of ancient, fossilized teeth sheds light on how our ancestors grew up, how we evolved, and how prehistoric cultural transitions continue to affect humans today.

Tanya's first popular science book, The tales teeth tell,  is available to borrow. Get informed before the lecture and request it or download a copy today!

Wednesday 4 March, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Broadbeach Library.

Book online now or phone 07 5581 1555.

April - How to keep the Great Barrier Reef great

Turtle swimming at the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system on Earth and remains one of the great wonders of the World.  In recent years, large areas of the reef have been damaged, but a lot of the reef still looks amazing and many areas are recovering.

Professor Peter Mumby from the Marine Spatial Ecology Lab at the University of Queensland will share his research into the incredible sights and stories of the creatures that inhabit the reef, and discuss the impacts of climate change on the reef. Corals have demonstrated surprising resilience in recent years and Professor Mumby will share the many ways in which we can help the Great Barrier Reef and celebrate its beauty.

Wednesday 29 April, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Runaway Bay Library.

Book online now or phone 07 5581 7220.

May - Surfing and bone health: Surf your way to having healthier bones

Surfers riding waves

Enjoy catching some waves? But have you considered the effect of surfing on your physical health?

Dr Vini Simas from Bond University's Water Based Research Unit will share his research on how surfing can improve the bone health and bone density for men aged between 50 and 75. Dr Simas will discuss the broad range of health benefits that come from surfing, and also look at the results of his study on the efficacy of surfing in supporting the lumbar spine and femoral neck of the femur.

Wednesday 13 May, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Elanora Library.

Book online now or phone 07 5581 1671.

June - Whales in the city: Humpback whale resting and calving on the Gold Coast

Humpback whale playing in Gold Coast waters

Humpback whales undertake one of the longest migrations of any mammal. They have mastered to swim through tropical, temperate and antarctic waters facing many challenges on their way. The Gold Coast bay is one of the few resting, socialising and emerging calving grounds for humpback whales.

Humpbacks & High-rises is a community based not for profit organisation established in 2011. They have monitored humpback whales for almost 10 years and are now run south-east Queensland largest marine mammal monitoring program.

Join Humpbacks & High-rises founder and marine biologist, Dr Olaf Meynecke from Griffith University, as he shares his research and fascinating stories about these magnificent creatures.

Wednesday 17 June, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Burleigh Heads Library.

Book online now or phone 07 5581 7230.

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