Why is it that some of us love spending time in nature, while others prefer staying in? And can we rekindle a person’s long-lost love for nature?

Spending time in nature alleviates many of the stresses and strains of modern life. A regular “dose” of nature reduces the risk of depression, hypertension, diabetes, and a whole host of other non-communicable diseases. A love for nature might also spur a person to care more deeply about environmental issues. Yet many of us, especially young people, are spending less and less time outdoors, raising concerns of an impending health crisis.

Join us at this month’s BrisScience, where UQ’s Professor Richard Fuller explores his team’s recent twin study, finding that a love for nature is partly inherited, explaining why a penchant for the great outdoors seems to run in some families.

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Meet the presenter

Richard FullerProfessor Richard Fuller is a teacher and researcher at The University of Queensland. He studies how people have affected the natural world around them, and how some of their destructive effects can best be reversed. Much of his work focuses on the interactions between people and nature, and how they can be harnessed to address the biodiversity crisis.




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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