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.

Upcoming lectures

Quantum physics and the nature of reality

May - Quantum Physics and the nature of reality
Presented by Dr Eric Cavalcanti, Griffith University

Quantum physics is one of our two most fundamental theories of nature - together with Einstein's theory of relativity. It describes with incredible precision phenomena at the smallest scales, such as atoms, sub-atomic particles, and light. It underlies much of the technology we are familiar with, from computers and other electronic devices to lasers. Dr Eric Cavalcanti will attempt to convey some of the difficulties with making sense of the quantum world, with its strange properties of entanglement and superposition, and how progress on these philosophically-sounding questions have been instrumental in the development of promising new technologies in quantum computing, sensing and communication.

Join the discussion on Wednesday 9 May, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at our Southport Library.

Book your free place online now.

Taphponomy - Forensic science for dinosaurs

June - Taphonomy: Forensic science for dinosaurs
Presented by Dr Caitlin Syme, University of Queensland

When you look at a fossil, you're peering into the past. Who or what was this creature? When and where did it live? Why did it die? The science of taphonomy and what happens after an animal dies and how its body becomes a fossil can help answer these questions.

Join Dr Caitlin Syme for a fascinating discussion about the sometimes grisly but always fascinating world of taphonomy. Learn how fossils are lot like 3D crime scene photographs, and how palaeontologists use data from modern animal decay and human body farms to reveal the past lives, and deaths, of dinosaurs. Discover more about these fossil crime scenes in our own backyard and fossils from Isisford and Winton in central western Queensland and more from across the world.

Come explore the world of taphonomy and the answers they hold on Wednesday 13 June, 6.30pm to 7.30pm, at our Elanora Library.

Book your spot online now.

Superbugs and Superdrugs

July - Superbugs and Superdrugs
Presented by Dr Milton J. Kiefel, Griffith University

Wednesday 11 July, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at our Southport Library.

Bookings for this lecture will open shortly.

Exploring the dark side of the Universe

August - Exploring the dark side of the universe
Presented by Professor Tamara Davis, Astrophysicist, University of Queensland

The universe is an amazing place, and our modern telescopes are giving us an unprecedented view. We can now see the universe as it was only 400,000 years after the big bang, before galaxies even existed. We have found hundreds of planets orbiting other stars and are trying to detect their atmospheres to see if there are hints of life. We regularly detect supernovae (exploding stars) that went off billions of years before the earth even formed. We've discovered some kind of "dark energy" that is making the expansion of the universe speed up.

Come along and hear about the exciting developments in modern astrophysics, and Tamara’s work with the Dark Energy Survey on Wednesday 29 August, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at our Broadbeach Library.

Bookings for this lecture will open shortly.

The hard truth: Concussions and traumatic brain injury

September - The hard truth: Concussions and traumatic brain injury
Presented by Dr Fatima Nasrallah, Senior Research Fellow, Queensland Brain Institute

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

Bookings for this lecture will open shortly.

Calendar of events

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