UPDATE: In response to the three day lockdown in Brisbane, this BrisScience lecture has been cancelled. If you have purchased a ticket to this event, you will be contacted via email and will automatically receive a ticket refund. 

Astrophysicists study phenomena that occur on scales that we can’t even in principle achieve here on Earth — and modern telescopes are giving us an unprecedented view.

We can now see the universe as it was before galaxies even existed. We have found thousands of planets orbiting other stars. We regularly detect supernovae that went off billions of years before the earth even formed. We’ve even detected gravitational waves — ripples in space itself. And most enigmatically, we've discovered some kind of "dark energy" that is accelerating the expansion of the universe, contrary to our expectation that gravity should slow it down.

In this talk astrophysicist Professor Tamara Davis will regale us with some of the latest news in astrophysics, and some of her experiences from two decades of research into the dark side of the Universe.

Doors open at 6pm. Lecture commences at 6.30pm and will include an interactive Q&A session. Unfortunately we are currently unable to provide food and drinks after BrisScience.

Meet the presenter

Professor Tamara Davis is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Queensland. After almost two decades studying supernovae, investigating the nature of the expansion of the universe, and mapping the distribution of galaxies, she is now helping manage major international cosmology surveys. Her aim is to understand our fundamental laws of nature and figure out the nature of dark energy, which is mysteriously causing the expansion of our universe to accelerate. She is a passionate science communicator, including as occasional television host for ABC Catalyst.

The Australian Academy of Science awarded her the Nancy Millis Medal for outstanding female leadership in science, she’s received the Astronomical Society of Australia’s Ellery Lectureship for contributions to astronomy, and in 2020 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia “for significant service to astrophysical science, to education, and to young astronomers".

View the livestream

The livestream will be available to watch here from 6.30pm on Monday 2 August 2021.

Submit your question for the Q&A session by visiting bit.ly/BrisSciQA or by scanning the QR code. 

About BrisScience

BrisScience is a monthly lecture series that brings science out of the labs and to the people, making it accessible to all – from scientists, to scientists-at-heart.

Run by The University of Queensland, BrisScience has been delivering engaging lectures on diverse topics from local and international scientists for over a decade.

BrisScience speakers are leaders in their given fields and deliver dynamic presentations based on cutting-edge research.

The University of Queensland has been running BrisScience since 2005, bringing the best and brightest scientific minds to the people of Brisbane – from early career researchers to Nobel Laureates!

Time6:30pm to 7:30pm (light refreshments 7:30-8pm)
VenueThe Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Bank
CostFree - Eventbrite ticket required


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In compliance with the State Library of Queensland's COVID-19 event requirements, allocated seating will be required on all bookings. To accommodate this, a small ticket fee of $2.50 has been introduced to ensure your seat is secured. A free, livestream option will also be available on the BrisScience website.

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