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Parasites lunchtime talks: Dr Leslie Chisholm
January 2019 school holiday program: Parasites!
Science at the Fringe
Fossil Fest

Parasites lunchtime talks: Dr Leslie Chisholm

Parasites talk

Location: Main foyer, South Australian Museum
Time: 1pm, 13th December 2018

Our Senior Collection Manager of the Australian  Helminthological (Parasitic Worms) Collection will be hosting a lunchtime talk. Dr Leslie Chisholm's research into the taxonomy of flatworms infecting sharks and stingrays has included her describing 45 new species. In this talk, Dr Chisholm will focus on the life of a flatworm parasite that infects stingrays in captivity. 

This event is FREE, but bookings are recommended.


January 2019 school holiday program: Parasites!

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Image credit: James Dorey 

From mistletoe to headlice, parasitoid wasps to giant isopods, parasites come in many forms. Come see the fascinating organisms that live off other creatures in our new exhibition, Parasites: Life Undercover, then explore our free school holiday program.

Parasite film reel
Pacific Cultures Gallery
Time: 10am-3pm daily, 7-11 January
Drop-in, free

Drop by the Pacific Cultures Gallery during the January school holidays, where we’ll be playing a loop of short parasite videos. Hear from South Australian Museum scientists, see Aboriginal artist Bernard Lee Singleton’s painting Gula Guri Mayin (‘Heal the body’), or catch some dancing parasites from the South Australian Museum’s collection.


Inventors Inc: Design your own tapeworm
Front lawns
Time: 10am-3pm daily, 14-18 January

Drop-in, free

What does a tapeworm look like, and what does it need to survive and thrive? Make your own tapeworm from recycled and reused materials!


Tiny but mighty: Scanning Electron Microscope
Location: Pacific Culture Gallery
Time: 10am-2pm daily, 14-18 January
Drop-in, free

NewSpec have lent us their Scanning Electron Microscope for the week! See tiny parasitic wasps at x15000 magnification.

To view the full school holiday program please click here. 


Science at the Fringe

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Science at the Fringe  is for anyone and everyone who likes to discover amazing things about the world we live in while having fun! Our science-y compilation of eight shows for children and thirty-three shows for adults or families includes many curious, humorous, innovative and ingenious artistic works.

To find out more download the guide.

Presented by Inspiring South Australia.


Fossil Fest

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Location: South Australian Museum front lawns
When: 13-15 April 2019

Australia’s largest fossil event returns in 2019! Immerse yourself in the amazing world of fossils as our palaeontologists bring their research to the fore in an interactive, inspiring and enjoyable program for the whole family. Learn about South Australia’s rich fossil heritage, try your hand at finding creatures from millions of years ago in giant dig pits, and hear from scientists about how life on Earth began.

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