SSC Talk – Digging into Life’s History

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Science Centre Singapore

cordially invites you



Thursday, 1 November 2012 at 7:00pm
The Newton Room
Science Centre Singapore

Prof Patricia Vickers-Rich
Founding Director, Monash Science Centre
Monash University, Australia

Digging into Life’s History
A Tour for the Interested Non-Scientist – Amateur Scientist 
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Digging into Life’s History
A Tour for the Interested Non-Scientist – Amateur Scientist

We can speculate as much as we want about the future, but the past – the history of Life itself – is there for each of us to uncover. If we can be eco-tourists to see biodiversity in the raw, why can’t we also be scientific tourists on an expedition to see real scientists in the field as they work, and be part of the scientific discovery team!? Prof Pat Rich will be our guide on this “pre-expeditionary” Café to discover Life’s past. She will guide us to places she intends to lead groups of “science tourists” in future expeditions.

… is Professor and Personal Chair of Palaeontology, School of GeoSciences of Monash University, Australia. She is also the Founding Director of the Monash Science Centre, a unique place with programmes designed to explore how science works, and, to connect science and technology with the arts, politics, economics, law and many other disciplines. Its vision is to open a window on science that offers an in-depth look at science opportunities to use scientific thought and knowledge in everyday life – tools for facing the future realistically and sustainably.

Pat’s research focuses on understanding the changes in the biota during the late Proterozoic – at a time when complex animals first appeared and the different major animal phyla were forming. Her research has led her to Southwest Africa (particularly Namibia in a joint program with the Namibian Geological Survey), the Eastern European Platform including the White Sea and Siberia (in conjunction with the Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences), Northwest Argentina and the Flinders Range of South Australia (with the South Australian Museum). She also works with Tom Rich (Museum Victoria) on the polar biotas of Southern Australia of Early Cretaceous.

Pat is very involved in public science education, bringing cutting-edge science into primary and secondary schools, and to refugee camps in destabilized areas of the world.


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