School of Chemistry

Chemistry Lectures, Events & Awards

Past Events

2017 Bert Halpern Memorial Lecture / Student Prize Night

The School of Chemistry hosted The Annual Bert Halpern Memorial Lecture/Student Prize Night 2017 on Thursday, 14th September.

The guest lecturer was Professor Martina Stenzel and the lecture title Plastic Nanoparticles for Nanomedicine [PDF]

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Royal Australian Chemical Institute
NSW Natural Products Symposium 2016 & ChemSoc Trade Display

The School of Chemistry, UOW, hosted the RACI NSW Natural Products Group Annual symposium and ChemSoc Trade Display on 30 September 2016.
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The Symposium covered marine, microbial and terrestrial natural products chemistry, synthesis and pharmacology targeting a host of disease areas from antimicrobial resistance to cancer. The symposium drew attendees from across NSW/ACT (Sydney, Newcastle, Wagga Wagga, Lismore, Canberra), while the trade display provided an opportunity to meet with a wide range of chemistry-related suppliers.

This event was proudly sponsored by: RACI, UOW ChemSoc and SAF, Custom Scientific Glassware, Bacto, ChemSupply, Chromatech Scientific, EppendorfIn Vitro Technologies, John Morris Scientific, Microanalytix, Pathtec and Shimadzu.
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2016 Bert Halpern Lecture

The Bert Halpern Lecture is an annual event presented by a distinguished scientist on a subject in Chemistry or Biochemistry. It honours the memory of Bert Halpern, the Foundation Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wollongong from 1970-1980. In recognition of his contributions to science, he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1978.

Sam Kean - Speaker Halpern LectureThis year's lecture was held on 26 August.  

Guest Speaker: Sam Kean
Talk title: The Disappearing Spoon
Talk abstract:
Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium? How did radium nearly ruin Marie Curie’s reputation? And why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? The Periodic Table is one of our crowning scientific achievements, but it’s also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The Disappearing Spoon delves into every single element on the table and explains each one’s role in science, money, mythology, war, the arts, medicine, alchemy, and other areas of human history, from the Big Bang through the end of time.

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Andrew Holmes

Bert Halpern Lecture/Student Prize Night
Friday, 21 August, 2015

This year’s guest speaker was Professor Andrew Holmes, President – Australian Academy of Science. Andrew’s guest talk title is “Printed Organic Solar Cells: a Licence to Print Money”. 

Bert Halpern Lecture/Student Prize Night
Friday 5th September, 2014

Jenny MartinGuest speaker for 2014 was Professor Jenny Martin, ARC Laureate Fellow, Institute for Molecular Bioscience at The University of Queensland.

Jenny Martin trained as a pharmacist in Victoria and was the Gold Medallist of her year. Her DPhil in protein crystallography and drug design was awarded from the University of Oxford. After postdoctoral research at Rockefeller University in New York, Jenny returned to Australia in 1993 to establish the first protein crystallography laboratory in Queensland. Since then, she has held several nationally competitive fellowships and is currently an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience in the University of Queensland. From 2008-2011, she chaired the National Committee for Crystallography of the Australian Academy of Science. From 2007-2009 she was a member of the Australian Synchrotron Scientific Advisory Committee and she is currently the Vice-President of the Asian Crystallography Association.  

Talk title: 
"Bragging about Crystallography"  

Bert Halpern Lecture/Student Prize Night Photos


Last reviewed: 22 September, 2017