Sprigg lecture series

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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: 

The Didjeridu: an Australian icon

When: Tuesday 28 March, 6pm (complimentary drinks will be served from 5:30pm)
Where: Pacific Cultures Gallery
Tickets: This is a free event however bookings are essential.

Admission to the Yidaki exhibition can be purchased on the night (admission is free for Museum Members) and the exhibition will be open from 5:30pm until 8pm.

Regional Sprigg lecture with Dr. Diego C. Garcia-Bellido in Kingscote, KI

When: Saturday 8 April, 6pm
Where: Kingscote Town Hall
Tickets: This is a free event and bookings are not required. We recommend arriving on time so you don't miss out. 


Dr Rachel Popelka-Filcoff - AINSE Senior Research Fellow in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Flinders University, delivered the first Sprigg lecture for 2016, on ochre mapping. You can listen back to this lecture delivered on April 5.


Dr Laura Weyrich - ARC Postdoctoral Research Associate, Genetics and Evolution unit at the University of Adelaide delivered the second Sprigg lecture on 16 August. During this lecture she  uncovered what it means to be human, given that the body actually contains more bacterial cells than human ones. You can listen back to the lecture here.