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. 


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.


A world of curious beasts – new mammal discoveries in the far flung corners of the plane

Kris Helgen

Kris Helgen - Research Zoologist and Curator in Charge, Division of Mammals, National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution
Tuesday, 1 November at 6-7pm (the Museum will open to guests at 5:30pm, with a complimentary glass of wine available prior to the talk)
Pacific Cultures Gallery
Free, but bookings essential

In his roles as a research zoologist in the Division of Mammals, National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution and as a National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer, Dr Kris Helgen discovers new species of mammals.

To coincide with the Museum’s Curious Beasts exhibition, Kris will share tales from his extensive research and field work which plunges him into the wild on almost every continent. Yet about three times as many new finds are made within the walls of museums. Kris explains that "collections have built up over centuries and everyday working with them brings surprises.”

Join us for a fascinating evening of discovery and exploration with a personal account from this very special international visitor.

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

The Sprigg Lecture Series is supported by Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary and Bundaleer Wines.