Lessons from Australia’s Animals

Free Public Lecture

Basement Lecture Theatre
Melbourne School of Design
Masson Road, Parkville


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T: 8344 9366


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The School of BioSciences invites you join us to celebrate the lessons we can learn from Australia’s animals.

We will present four fascinating stories showcasing how Australian animals have created enormous benefits: both for conservation, but also, surprisingly, for humans.

Professor Ary Hoffmann - Bacteria from local flies limit mosquito disease transmission

Associate Professor Devi Stuart-Fox - Unexpected insights from unassuming lizards

Associate Professor Andrew Pask - Invisible threats to our native fauna

Dr Ben Phillips - How to stop a billion invading toads

The event also serves as a launch for the newly established philanthropic Trust for Native Australian Animals. Our intent with the trust is to provide a way for people who are passionate about Australia’s wildlife and ecosystems to connect with and support our work.

We are delighted that award-winning Australian author, Tim Winton, will serve as a Patron of the Trust and will be a guest speaker at this event.

The event commences at 6:30 pm and will conclude at 7:30 pm. A networking reception will follow the seminar.

Free of charge, but registration is required for catering purposes.


  • Dr Ben Phillips
    Dr Ben Phillips, Senior Lecturer
  • Associate Professor Andrew Pask
    Associate Professor Andrew Pask, University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Devi Stuart-Fox
    Associate Professor Devi Stuart-Fox, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Ary Hoffman
    Professor Ary Hoffman, ARC Australian Laureate Fellow and Group Leader at the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology
  • Mr Tim Winton