QueersInScience: Ecology Now at Melbourne Museum

Wed 5th May, 2021
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Melbourne Museum and online
11 Nicholson St, Victoria
Price: $5 - $12
Explore the sexual struggle of animals and uncover your biological relationship to landscape with the help of queer scientists.

Across two talks in the space of an hour – plus time for a relaxed bevvy and chat if you’re attending in person – Museums Victoria’s QueersInScience lecture will probe the connections between human and advanced ecologies.

First up, Professor Bob Wong from Monash University will explore sex in a changing world, questioning how human-induced environmental change is impacting the way animals pursue sex and the resulting evolutionary consequences. Wong’s research contemplates how the human footprint is disturbing the sex and survival of animal populations, from insects and fish to birds.

In the second talk, artist and activist Takatapui Maori (Ngati Toa Rangatira), and creative director of PermaQueer, Guy Ritani, asks how might we tap into the ecological culture of our past to address the climate crisis. Ritani will prompt audiences to consider their ancestral biology and how it might inform a relationship to landscape – and what it means when our ancestry is not from this land.

Guests can opt to attend the lecture at Melbourne Museum and mingle with the speakers over nibbles and drinks afterwards, or watch online via Zoom from home.

Held as part of the Midsumma Festival, Ecology Now forms part of QueersInScience’s two-part lecture series, highlighting the work of queer scientists in Australia.

QueersInScience is building LGBTQIA+ community and promoting queer visibility, advocacy and inclusion in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) in Australia.

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