The Centre for Environmental History is looking forward to the next event with our friends at the Research Centre for Deep History on Nuclear Histories: how the atom shapes the past.

Australia is home to abundant uranium and thorium reserves, the radioactive heavy metals that fuel nuclear reactors, arm militaries, and contribute to the production of radioisotopes for medical and imaging uses. These latter uses offer new insights into the past that were previously impossible to discern. The extraction and uses of Australia’s uranium and thorium reserves have transformed understandings of Australia’s deep human past, but also have immediate and long-term consequences for local communities and landscapes. In this Deep Conversation, we reflect on just how the atom shapes and shares our histories as well as its lasting human and environmental legacies in the twenty-first century.

This Deep Conversations: History, Environment Science seminar is our first for 2021 and will feature:

  • Prof. Heather Goodall, University of Technology Sydney
  • Dr Julia Carpenter, Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
  • Dr Filomena Floriana Salvemini, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
  • Jess Urwin, ANU
  • Co-chairs: Dr Laura Rademaker & Assoc. Prof. Ruth Morgan, ANU

When: Tuesday 2 March, 12-1.30pm AEDT

Where: Zoom (a link will be emailed to all registered attendees)

Register via Eventbrite:

Image: Olympic Dam Uranium Mine, South Australia, permission of Daily Overview,