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.


DNA dissects curious beasts

 Steve Donnellan

Professor Steve Donnellan - Head of Research and Collections, South Australian Museum
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

*** we regret to advise that due to unforseen circumstances Dr Kris Helgen is unable to present his lecture 'A world of curious beasts – new mammal discoveries in the far flung corners of the planet'. The Museum's Professor Steve Donnellan will deliver a lecture in his stead ***

You might think that we have discovered all of the planet’s curious beasts, but DNA technology is unravelling another layer of curiosity. Not only are there more curious beasts than we anticipated but the curious just get more curious as we investigate their lives.

The Museum's newly appointed Head of Research and Collections, Professor Steve Donnellan, will outline the South Australian Museum's pioneering role in using DNA technology to discover and explain our biodiversity. Join Steve for an armchair tour through our catalogue of recent exciting discoveries about our curious beasts.

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.