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Research Tuesdays: Connected to Country

The next Research Tuesdays forum will be presented by Professor Alan Cooper, founder of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA. Title: Connected to Country When: 5:30pm, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Where: Braggs Lecture Theatre Cost: Free, but bookings recommended Indigenous Australians have a remarkably deep cultural and spiritual connection to their country. Now, research at the […]

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1 minute with SA Science Excellence Awards nominees

The South Australian Science Excellence Awards recognise and reward outstanding scientific endeavour, including its application in industry and the advancement of science and mathematics education. Last year, Professor Alan Cooper, Professor Andrew Lowe and Dr Kieran Mitchell were nominated for the prestigious awards, with Prof Cooper honoured as South Australia’s Scientist of the Year. Their research is […]

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New Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage

A seven-year, $45.7 million centre will investigate the beginning of Australia’s unique biodiversity and Indigenous heritage, while inspiring Australian children to engage with science. The Australia Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage will bring together 20 institutions and museums worldwide to unlock the history of Australia, Papua New Guinea and […]

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Prof Alan Cooper is South Australia’s Scientist of the Year

A big congratulations to the Environment Institute’s Professor Alan Cooper, who has been named the South Australian Scientist of the Year at the annual South Australian Government’s Science Excellence Awards. Prof Cooper has been recognised for his expertise in ancient DNA. He has been instrumental in transforming the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) into an internationally leading research […]

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EI Researchers amongst finalists for SA Science Excellence Awards

Researchers from the Environment Institute have been honoured as finalists for the 2016 South Australian Science Excellence Awards. The awards recognise and reward outstanding scientific endeavour, including its application in industry and the advancement of science and mathematics education. Our congratulations goes to Dr Kieren Mitchell, who has been nominated for PhD Research Excellence and Early Career […]

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Podcast- To Patagonia We Go

Join Ewart Shaw from Radio Adelaide on his show Orbit, as he talks with the Environment Institute’s Professor Alan Cooper. Professor Cooper takes us on a journey through Patagonia. What will we encounter? There are llamas, guanacos and vicuna, but what other magical beasts will they find? Listen to the podcast to find out.

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Ancient DNA shows perfect storm felled Ice Age giants

Giant Ice Age species including elephant-sized sloths and powerful sabre-toothed cats ­that once roamed the windswept plains of Patagonia, southern South America, were finally felled by a perfect storm of a rapidly warming climate and humans, a new study has shown. Research led by the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) at the University of […]

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Vodcast- Rediscovering Indigenous Genetic Heritage

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds upon the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. Building upon the 2016 theme of “Our History, Our Story, Our Future”, Professor Alan Cooper, director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), and Dr Raymond Tobler, ARC Indigienous fellow and geneticist with […]

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The Science Nation Great Debate 2016: Unsung Heroes

You don’t have to be Einstein to know that some scientists are more famous than others. The Science Nation Great Debate 2016 will shine the spotlight on the forgotten scientists of the past with a debate tournament to see who is the greatest unsung hero of all. With additional rounds of improvised, audience-inspired, topics this Great Debate is 90 minutes […]

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Podcast: The hair’s breadth: mapping Aboriginal genetic history

The South Australian Museum holds thousands of hair – and to a lesser extent, blood – samples collected from Aboriginal people during anthropological surveys last century. Scientists and staff from the South Australian Museum, the University of Adelaide, the National Centre of Indigenous Genomics (NCIG), Deakin University and Latrobe University will use specimens, linguistic records […]

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