A conversation with Sarah Darwin and Tall Ship experience

Evolution Festival

A conversation with Sarah Darwin and Tall Ship experience

Thursday 25 February 2010, 5.45pm (tallship tours from 4pm)
Nelson Room, Seaworks, 82 Nelson Place Williamstown (Melways 56 E10).
Entry off Nelson Place (metered parking)

Sarah is Charles Darwin’s great, great granddaughter and a biologist. She is retracing her ancestor’s steps on the Dutch clipper Stad Amsterdam for TV station VPRO.

Sarah and her project colleagues Redmond O’Hanlon and Hans Fels will discuss the expedition, the science and what it means for them to recreate the voyage of the Beagle.

The Beagle project is a year-long voyage with an international crew of scientists, philosophers, historians, artists and biographers crossing the oceans of the world, from Brazil to Patagonia, and from the Andes mountain range to the Galapagos Islands.

The clipper functions as a sailing laboratory and a thermometer for the planet. Fossil hunters, DNA researchers, geologists, oceanographers and other scientists are conducting in-depth research along the route to evaluate the earth’s current condition.

The reception will celebrate the success of the year-long Evolution Festival and Darwin’s 201st birthday.

Join us to find out more about the science of Sarah Darwin’s voyage.

The Stad Amsterdam will be berthed at the Pier but will not be open for inspection. Tall ship One & All will be open for tours from 4pm to 6pm and tallship Enterprize will be open from 5pm to 6pm. The talk will kick off at 5.45pm and the event will close at 7pm. Light refreshments will be provided. The Pirates Tavern will be open till late and food will be available outside the Tavern.

For further information please contact Sarah Brooker on (03) 9398 1416, 0413 332 489 or sarah@scienceinpublic.com.au

RSVP for numbers by Tuesday 23 February to events@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au or 9932 2001.

The Stad Amsterdam will also be visiting Adelaide on 1 March and Perth on 14 March.

This event is supported by Evolution the Festival, Science in Public, Tallships Victoria, Hobsons Bay City Council, Seaworks Foundation, Parks Victoria and the Williamstown Maritime Association.