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Research School of Chemistry (RSC), The Australian National University
Photo: Birch Building, The RSC

The RSC has a remarkable and diverse history. The School was officially opened in 1967. Professor Arthur Birch, of Birch reduction fame, served as the foundation Dean of Chemistry. He was ably assisted, and then succeeded, by Professor David Craig, an internationally renowned theoretical chemist. The profound impact of the research carried out by members of the RSC in the intervening period has resulted in the election of many of our staff to the Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science and the Royal Society (London). Indeed, the RSC has had more of its staff elected to these two learned societies that any other Chemistry Department or School in Australia. (Text from the official RSC Webpage )

About Canberra

August is late winter in Canberra and the nights and early mornings are brisk, with frosts and occassional fogs clearing to beautiful sunny days. Average temperatures for August are an overnight minimum of 1 ºC (34 ºF) up to a daytime maximum temperature of 12 ºC (54 ºF).


Attractions within walking distance from the ANU include: National Film and Sound Archive, National Museum of Australia, The Australian National Botanical Gardens, and Telstra Tower.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Link
The Canberra Explorer Bus Link

The Canberra Explorer Bus is a loop service taking in some of the best attractions Canberra has to offer including: The War Memorial, Parliament House, Old Parliament House, National Museum of Australia, National Art Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive.

If you only have an hour and want to quickly get a feel for Canberra, you can do a sightseeing loop of the city.

National Film and Sound Archive Link

The National Film and Sound Archive is Australia's audiovisual archive, collecting and preserving images and sounds of film, television, radio and recordings from Australia's history.

National Museum of Australia Link

The National Museum of Australia celebrates Australia's social history and explores the land, nation and people of Australia from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

The Australian National Botanic Gardens Link

The Australian National Botanic Gardens maintains a scientic collection of native plants from all parts of Australia.


How to get here

Participants can fly into Australia via Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Cairns and then take a domestic airline flight directly to Canberra.

Domestic airlines include Qantas, Tiger, Virgin Blue and Brindabella Airlines. Once you are at Canberra Airport take a taxi from the Airport to University House, on the ANU campus where accommodation will be provided for conference participants.

A shuttle bus service from/to Canberra International Airport is also available but not recommended for participants who have never visited Canberra. The Airliner shuttle bus arrives at the city bus inter-change bay 6 (see Canberra City Map).

If you wish to drive to Canberra from Sydney the direct route takes 3.5 hours and from Melbourne it takes 8 hours.

A train or coach is also available from Sydney/Melbourne to Canberra (stops at Jolimont Centre, see Canberra City Map). Murrays Australia provides Canberra/Sydney Express Bus.

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2010 Chris Easton Lab.