Evolution Day – a broad set of free public lectures at Wits on Saturday 20 June

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Wits University, in collaboration with the Royal Society of South Africa, and with generous support from PAST (the Palaeontological Scientific Trust) and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for the Palaeosciences, is co-hosting an “Evolution Day” of lectures  in the Wits Great Hall on Saturday June 20, 2015, beginning at 8:30 am.

It includes a set of lectures ranging from the origin of life to human evolution, archaeology and early human symbolic communication.  It is open to all.
No payment, but if you wish to attend please contact Tandi Scott-Turner by telephone on 011 717 6682, or by email: Tandi.Scott-Turner@wits.ac.za  Books will be on sale.

FULL PROGRAMME

Opening Address:
Professor Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand

The origin of life, and the transition from single cells to multicellular organisms
Dr Pierre Durand, Department of Molecular Medicine and Haematology,University of the Witwatersrand

Our reptilian ancestry: South Africa’s Karoo provides new insight on distant mammal origins
Professor Bruce Rubidge FRSSAf, Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

Changing environments and mass extinctions: what the Karoo fossil pollen record can tell us
Dr Natasha Barbolini, Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

Dawn of the world’s largest dinosaurs: the biggest animals to walk the planet and their South African origins
Dr Jonah Choiniere MRSSAf, Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

Charles Darwin’s visit to South Africa, human evolution, and the problem of defining a species.
Professor Francis Thackeray FRSSAf, Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

Plants, Past Environments and Human Evolution
Professor Marion Bamford FRSSAf, Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

The evolution of early symbolic communication in South Africa
Professor Lyn Wadley FRSSAf Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

A genetic narrative of human evolutionary history
Professor Himla Soodyall,  Division of Human Genetics, National Health Laboratory Service and University of the Witwatersrand

Signatures of past encounters: How infections shape our genetic diversity
Professor Michele Ramsay MRSSAf, Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of the Witwatersrand

Education and Evolution in South Africa: Taung as a case study
Dr Mirriam Tawane, Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

The Golden Ratio, Space-Time and Evolution
Professor Jan Boeyens FRSSAf, Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria

Closing Address:
Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of the Witwatersrand

 

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