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.

The Sprigg lecture series will return in 2019. In the meantime, please enjoy these recordings of previous lectures. 


Sprigg lecture series: Prof. Bob Hill and Dr. Mika Peace

Australia’s tempestuous relationship with wild fire – past, present and future

Bob Hill and Mika Peace

When: Tuesday 12th November 2019, 6pm – 7pm (the Museum will open to guests at 5:30pm, with a complimentary wine tasting prior to the talk)

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Join Professor Bob Hill and Dr Mika Peace as they present two perspectives on Australia's relationship with wild fire - the evolution of fire-adapted vegetation, and how complex weather patterns drive fire behaviour in the Australian landscape.


Professor Bob Hill is the Director of the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute. He has PhD and DSc degrees from the University of Adelaide and has held academic positions at James Cook University, the University of Tasmania and, since 1999, the University of Adelaide. Bob has had a lifetime interest in the evolution of the vegetation of Australia and Antarctica, and has made significant contributions in palaeobotany, plant systematics and ecophysiology.


Dr Mika Peace’s professional background is in operational meteorology having trained in applied mathematics. Her varied roles with the Bureau of Meteorology have taken her all around Australia. Highlights include a wet-season forecasting in Darwin and the Pilbara pre-season cyclone tour. In 2010 Mika received a scholarship to undertake a research degree in fire weather. Mika’s current role is in fire research in the Science and Innovation group, where she investigates the role of fire-atmosphere interactions, and how they influence fire behaviour.


Suitable for ages 12+

There is no need to print 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.

For booking enquiries, please call 8207 7575 or email programs@samuseum.sa.gov.au.

Supported by The Adelaide Review | Hot 100 Wines 


Previous Sprigg lectures

Associate Prof. Amy Roberts,  Aboriginal Transitions in the Murray River Corridor, August 2019

Dr. Heidi Alleway and Dr. Dominic McAfee,  Restoring the reef, April 2019

Dr. Emma Sherratt, The shape of life and the museum of possible formsOctober 2018

Professor Bronwyn Gillanders, Giant Australian cuttlefish in South Australian waters, August 2018

Professor John Tibby, Mega-droughts and flooding rains: the natural climate history of eastern Australia, June 2018

Dr. Mike Lee, Snakes with legs and dinosaurs with wings,  April 2018

Dr. Phil Weinstein, Biodiversity and human health, November 2017.

Dr. Liz Reed, Naracoorte’s fossil caves: extraordinary windows into Australia’s recent past, August 2017

Dr. Peter Veth, Kimberley Visions: rock art dynamics of northern AustraliaMay 2017

Professor Aaron Corn, The Didjeridu: an Australian icon, March 2017

Professor Rachael Popelka-Filcoff, Spectroscopic Views into the Past,: Characterisation of Aboriginal Australian Pigments at the South Australian MuseumApril 2016