Public lectures

The Faculty of Science holds a number of thought provoking public lectures and forums throughout the academic year.

These events are open to the general public giving them the opportunity to hear from leading academics presenting current research. Topical issues affecting the wider community are also discussed and we host lectures by internationally acclaimed researchers.

To receive notice of these lectures, contact Robyn Trethowan at; rtret @

Future public lectures

Electron microscopy and crystallography in the earth and planetary sciences

Speaker: Professor Thomas Sharp, Arizona State University
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time: 6:00pm to 6:50pm
Venue: Fritz Loewe Theatre, McCoy Earth Sciences Building, University of Melbourne

Prof. Sharp is a mineralogist interested in mineral reactions, phase transitions and deformation and how these can be used to understand processes that occur within and on the surface of Earth and other planetary bodies.

This research combines experimental mineralogy and petrology with detailed physical and chemical characterization of rocks and minerals with transmission and scanning electron microscopy, SIMS, thermal emission infrared spectroscopy and other techniques. Applications include: Phase transitions in Earth's deep mantle; high pressure minerals in meteorites as indicators of impact history; and chemical weathering of basalt and its implications for the remote sensing of Mars.

Refreshments: Light refreshments will be provided at 5.30pm - 6.00pm in the McCoy Building Lobby.

Contact person: Dr. John Moreau, 8344-6518, jmoreau at