More about the talks

Tuesday 6 June – Meet two of our new senior curators and hear about their work discovering sea-monsters and exploring the deep reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. These talks will be held in the Science Gallery between the Great Gallery and Level 2. (Normal admission charges apply.)


Hunting Jurassic Sea Monsters in the Arctic – 12pm – 12.30pm

Meet the Museum’s new palaeontologist, Dr Espen Knutsen, who was part of a team that discovered several new marine creatures including a Jurassic-era leviathan nicknamed "The Monster", an immense creature measuring up to 15 metres.


The deeper we go, the less we know – 12.30pm – 1pm

Senior Curator Corals, Dr Tom Bridge, has been exploring deep coral reefs for many years, discovering new underwater landscapes and species. Discover more about how technology is opening up these deep reef areas with a focus on the Great Barrier Reef.


Tuesday 13 June – We’ve scheduled two talks to make the most of this free entry day for Townsville and Burdekin locals. These talks will be held in the Science Gallery between the Great Gallery and Level 2.


The making of a museum – 11am – 11.30am

One for local history buffs and anyone interested in learning more about the development of the current museum through the community’s amazing fundraising drive to ensure HMS Pandora artefacts remained in Townsville. (Presented by John Lyons, former Chairman of the Pandora Foundation)


Human evolution: how complicated can it get? – 12pm – 1pm

It’s been four years since a new human ancestor, Homo naledi, was discovered in the Rising Star Cave, South Africa. Scientists have now announced a date for Homo naledi, with many important implications for our understanding of human evolution and middle Stone Age archaeology in Africa. (Presented by Professor Paul Dirks and Dr Eric Roberts, the JCU scientists who led the discovery team.)


Tuesday 20 June – Take a behind-the-scenes tour of two of our most significant collection stores and meet the senior curators responsible for these collections. Tours are free and can be booked at the front desk from 9.30am on the day. Numbers are strictly limited and attendees must be aged 15 years or older. (Normal admission charges apply.)


Cultures and Histories Behind-the-Scenes – 11am – 11.30am

Visit our Cultures and Histories collection store with Senior Curator Anthropology Dr Kirsty Gillespie, then take a seat in the Cultures and Histories Lab to see and hear about some of her favourite objects in the collection.


Corals Collection Behind-the-Scenes – 12pm – 12.30pm

The Museum has the most comprehensive collection of staghorn corals in the world. Join corals research officer and collection manager, Dr Paul Muir, for a tour of the collection and see the latest editions from the newly discovered Mesophotic (deep reef) coral zone.