50 years of Biology at ANU

Field work then and now: Mammal trapping at Mt Dromedary, near Bermagui, NSW in the early 1970s (left) and a recent biology class celebrates at the end of a field trip to Kioloa (right)


We are celebrating 50 years of biology at ANU!

Join us for an afternoon of short talks from researchers all over the school, including the ACT Scientist of the Year Kai Chan, and an evening plenary session featuring ANU Biology luminaries Susanne von Caemmerer, Adrian Horridge, and Prime Minister’s Prize for Science winners Graham Farquhar (2015), Jenny Graves (2017) and John Shine (2010).

Come along and connect with old friends and colleagues over afternoon tea and evening drinks and canapés, and wander through a specially prepared exhibition highlighting the science, people, and accomplishments that have made our first 50 years so special.

You’ll also have the opportunity to check out our newly refurbished home – the RN Robertson building.

Date: Monday 4 December 2017

Time: 2 – 7pm

Venue: RN Robertson building, ANU


Faculty Flash Talks



Session 1

Chair: TBA


2:00 – 2:10

Ben Corry

Targeting ion channels for pain relief

2:10 -  2:20

Lindell Bromham

Interdisciplinary adventures in language evolution

2:20 – 2:30

Uli Mathesius

Legume nodulation: Where from? Where to?

2:30 – 2:40

Denisse Leyton

Disarming bacterial pathogens of key molecular weaponry

2:40 - 2:50

Eric Stone

Visualising dependence in biology

2:50 – 3:00

Kai Chan

Learning the languages of plant cellular communication

3:00 – 3:15



Break 3:15-4:00



Session 2

Chair: TBA


4:00 - 4:10

Jean Wen

Adaptive evolution and functional impact of gene silencing by hairpin derived small RNAs

4:10 - 4:20

Steven Eichten

Causes and consequences of Epigenomic variation in plants

4:20 - 4:30

Adrienne Nicotra

High Mountain Futures: ANU and alpine research

4:30 - 4:40

Susan Howitt

Becoming a scientist: students’ ethical judgments on the use of data

4:40 - 4:50

Jennie Malella

Coral reefs for the future – how our research adds to the reef manager’s toolbox

4:50 – 5:00






Break 5:00-6:00


Drinks in the Foyer/Exhibition

Alumni presentations



Session 3

Chair: Graham Farquhar


6:00 – 6:15

John Shine

Genes to Genomes

6:15 – 6:30

Susanne von Caemmerer

On the relationship between chloroplast biochemistry and gas exchange of leaves

6:30 – 6:45

Jenny Graves

The disappearing y-chromosome

6:45 – 7:00

Adrian Horridge

“What I learned and other lessons”


Event commences at 2pm, and includes short faculty talks until 5pm, with a break for afternoon tea from 3.15 – 4pm, drinks and refreshments from 5 – 6pm, and a plenary session from 6 – 7pm. Exhibition and RN Robertson building will be open from 2 – 7pm.

Date & time

2–7pm 4 December 2017


RN Robertson Lecture Theatre, RN Robertson foyer and Catcheside Court

RN Robertson building (46), 46 Sullivans Creek Rd, Acton 2601


 Stefan Bröer

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