Sprigg lecture series

Dr Reg Sprigg AO sm

Dr Reg Sprigg AO                                                      

The Sprigg lecture series provides visitors with access to the latest research and thinking around scientific and cultural discoveries at a local and global level and to engage with scientific ideas that affect them and their world, now and in the future.

These free lectures commemorate the life of Dr Reg Sprigg AO, a remarkable South Australian geologist who discovered the world’s oldest fossilised animals in the Flinders Ranges in 1946, now internationally recognised as the Ediacara fossils.

Online bookings for Sprigg lectures open one month before the event is held. 


 Next Sprigg lecture: August 15



When: 6pm – 7pm, Tuesday 15 August (the Museum will open to guests at 5:30pm, with a complimentary glass of wine available prior to the talk)
Free, but bookings essential 


A visit to the Naracoorte Caves in 1995 during an undergraduate field camp ignited a spark, and Dr. Liz Reed has been involved with the caves ever since. In this lecture she will explore the study of cave deposits with regards to palaeontology, heritage, conservation and history.


Dr. Reed is a Research Fellow in palaeontology with the Environment Institute and Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Adelaide. She is also an Honorary in the palaeontology department at the South Australian Museum. In 1997 she graduated with an Honours degree in vertebrate palaeontology from Flinders University, and later a PhD in 2004. Her thesis research involved taphonomic studies of large mammal fossils from Pleistocene deposits within the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves National Park.


Her current research involves the study of cave deposits in the South East region of South Australia, Nullarbor and Tasmania. She is particularly interested in reconstructing past environments and biodiversity from cave deposits, and also the processes that lead to fossil accumulation. Dr. Reed is also a keen historian of the Naracoorte Caves. Her interest in caves extends to conservation, heritage management, interpretation, education and ecotourism.


Suitable for ages 16+


There is no need to print off a physical ticket. Museum staff will check off your name at the door.


As places are strictly limited please cancel your Eventbrite booking if you are unable to attend so we can secure a place for others.