Rock Art: the battle to save our nation’s heritage

Van Gogh versus rock art. Both priceless. But one sits behind glass in a temperature controlled museum heavily guarded. The other is left out in the open, subject to vandals, insects and inclement weather.

It’s not practical to collect and store Australia’s rock art in museums, so Professor Paul Taçon of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research is doing the next best thing. He is dedicating his career to travelling Australia, finding and documenting rock art. The aim is simple: gather more information about Australia’s heritage, showcase these brilliant specimens properly and save the works for generations to come.

There are more than 100,000 rock art site believed to be scattered across Australia, with the possibility of even more undiscovered treasures. Professor Taçon has spent the last three decades travelling extensively to these sites in remote areas of Australia to unravel the stories of our past and save them for our future.

Want to know more? Come along to the Gold Coast campus to hear Professor Taçon discuss his experiences and challenges in his battle to safeguard Australian rock art.

Following the presentation, Friends of the Library members will be invited to join us for a cocktail reception and the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and our presenters.

It’s an event not to be missed! Register now.

Friends of the Library membership

You will have the option to become a Friends of the Library member when you register for this event. A Friends of the Library membership includes:

  • Invitations to a range of events featuring national and international guest speakers
  • Friends-only cocktail receptions
  • Access to exhibitions and displays in our libraries
  • Friends of the Library e-newsletter
  • Discount on University Library borrowing
  • 20% discount on Griffith Review subscription

Event details

  • What
    Presentation on Rock Art
  • When
    9 November 2017
    5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Where
    The Red Zone (G40)
    Gold Coast campus
    Griffith University

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: the biological basis

Researchers from the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED) have discovered a cell receptor which could be a key contributing factor to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

And we have the lead researchers presenting their findings at our upcoming Friends of the Library event on 10 August.

Come along to the Gold Coast campus to hear Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik and Professor Don Staines discuss their groundbreaking research, as well as immunological, cell signalling and genetic features in CFS patients.

They will also talk about the challenges with CFS diagnosis, clinical presentation, and treatments.

CFS is a debilitating disorder characterised by extreme fatigue or tiredness that doesn’t go away with rest. It can also be referred to as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).

Around 400,000 Australians are believed to be affected by CFS, many of whom are house bound or bed bound.

Following the presentation, Friends of the Library members will be invited to join us for a cocktail reception and the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and our presenters.

It’s an event not to be missed! Register now.

Friends of the Library membership

You will have the option to become a Friends of the Library member when you register for this event. A Friends of the Library membership includes:

  • Invitations to a range of events featuring national and international guest speakers
  • Friends-only cocktail receptions
  • Access to exhibitions and displays in our libraries
  • Friends of the Library e-newsletter
  • Discount on University Library borrowing
  • 20% discount on Griffith Review subscription

Event details

  • What
    Presentation on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • When
    10 August 2017
    5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Where
    Leneen Forde Chancellery (G34)
    Gold Coast campus
    Griffith University

A walk on the threatened side

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Griffith’s resident botanist, Professor Catherine Pickering is offering two exclusive nature-filled mornings at our Gold Coast campus – and you’re invited to come along.

There’s no better way to spend a spring morning than walking through Griffith’s interactive rare and threatened plant walk.

Over the last few years, we have been upgrading the landscaping to showcase stunning local plants that call our city home. The campus now has over 250 species, including more than 20 plants that are threatened with extinction in the wild.

This includes the largest terrestrial orchid in Australia and the incredible rare native olive with only 17 plants left in the wild.

The walk will culminate in a morning tea at Griffith’s Red Zone where Professor Pickering will talk further about her work and her exciting new gardening app GroNATIVE. The app is a dream tool for all Aussie gardeners and was developed in partnership with Griffith’s School of Environment and Gold Coast-based environmental company Natura Pacific.

The free and easy-to-use app will help users create native gardens that include more water-wise plants, reduce the chances of spreading weeds and provide habitats for local birds and butterflies

So come along for a lovely walk to see what rare and threatened locals are growing at Griffith.

Register for free online.

What
Rare and threatened plant walks

When
10am 20 October 2016 OR 9.30am Tuesday 25 October 2016.

Where
The Red Zone, 58 Parklands Drive, Griffith Health Centre (G40).

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Do you read to your children?

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We’ve always known it deep down, but studies have proven it! If you read to your children regularly they will do better in their first years of school.

Better dust off your old Grimm’s fairy tales and regale the little one with the culinary adventures of Hansel and Gretel! But maybe don’t read it to them at bedtime. Some of us found the cannibalistic witch quite frightening (and still do!).

If you want to learn more about how your reading habits impact your child’s development, attend the upcoming Friends of the Library event. Professor Sheena Reilly, Director of the Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ) is giving a talk on Spoken and written language: the foundation for learning on 29 June 2016 at the Gold Coast campus.

There will be an opportunity to chat with the Professor as well. Following the presentation, Friends of the Library members will be invited to join us for a cocktail reception where you can network with industry colleagues and our speaker.

You will have the option to become a Friends of the Library member and attend this reception when you register. For more information on the Friends of the Library and previous events, visit griffith.edu.au/library/friends.

So what are you waiting for? Register now!

What

A Griffith University Friends of the Library hosted event on Spoken and written language – the foundation for learning

Who

Presented by Professor Sheena Reilly, Director of the Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ),

When

29 June 2016
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Where

Council Chambers (Room 2.02)
Leneen Forde Chancellery (Bldg G34)
Griffith University, Parkland Drive
Gold Coast campus
Southport, Queensland 4222


Cyber security and small states

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You’re invited to a special Friends of the Library event

On Thursday 14 April Professor Emeritus William (Bill) Caelli AO will present his book “Cyber Conflicts and Small States”; posing the question: to what extent should, or can, a small country prepare itself for handling the broad range of cyber threats?

Adjunct Professor William Caelli is Director of International Information Security Consultants Pty Ltd (IISEC) and Adjunct Professor at Griffith University. He has 40 years’ experience in all aspects of information/cyber security and over 50 years’ experience in ICT.

The probability of a worldwide cyber conflict is small. Yet the probability of forms of cyber conflict, regional or even global, could be argued as being very high.

Small countries are usually signatories to military and economic alliances with major world powers but rely heavily on the technical ability of these powers in protecting their own national interests. They may be considered to be IT ‘technology colonies’. Their cyber infrastructure is usually fully imported and their ability to assess it is limited.

We’re inviting you to join us for an evening with Professor Emeritus William (Bill) Caelli AO who will explore his book’s themes of cyber-warfare, cyber-terrorism, cyber-crime and associated concerns. 

Register online

When

  • 14 April, 2016
    5:30 PM – 7:30pm

Where

  • G’s Restaurant, Griffith Health Centre (G40)
    Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus
    Parklands Drive
    Southport, Queensland 4222

Since it’s inception in 2010 the Friends of the Library network has been offering diverse and engaging events that aim to inspire, educate, inform and entertain the audience while exploring topical issues across the Library and Information Technology sector.

For more information about Friends of the Library membership or this event please contact friends-library@griffith.edu.au.


Open data: Improving and empowering lives

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What does open data, social media, online privacy, opera and robots all have in common? Well believe it or not, they’re all topics explored at previous Friends of the Library events.

Since it’s inception in 2010 the Friends of the Library network has been offering diverse and engaging events that aim to inspire, educate, inform and entertain the audience while exploring topical issues across the Library and Information Technology sector.

You’re invited to our first event for 2016, Extracting strategic advantage from public data sources:

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Uber-Friendly: contemporary library design

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You’re invited to our next event.

While our public and institutional libraries differ in purpose and specialisation, common to all libraries is the endeavour to create user-friendly places.

Panellists will share their experiences in designing various Queensland libraries, where the spatial environment as well as cultural, social, pedagogical, organisational strategies are geared to facilitate socialisation and learning.

Following the presentation, Friends of the Library members will be invited to join us for a cocktail reception and the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and panellists.

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