SA | EIANZ SA Divison 2022 AGM and presentation by Professor Frank Grutzner

Please join the committee, other members and guests at the SA Division’s AGM, with a special presentation by Professor Frank Grutzner.

Dr Grützner will discuss his research on monotremes. In conjunction with local researchers, combining observations and data on distribution with molecular analysis to investigate interactions with their environment. Recent work on Kangaroo Island involved studying the gut microbiome in echidnas before and after the bushfires. While we do not yet understand the biological relevance of the changes, this can be an important measure of how species respond to changes in the environment and provide further insight into species’ resilience.

Come along and catch up with the great people working within the South Australian environmental sector for an evening of fun, networking and fantastic guest speaker on offer.

Meet the speaker: Professor Frank Grutzner

Professor Frank Grützner received his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin in 2001. In the same year he moved to the Australian National University where he led and international team that resolved the longstanding controversy about the complex sex chromosome system in the platypus. In 2005 he moved to the University of Adelaide, where he is an ARC Australian Research Fellow and group leader at the School of Biological Sciences. Dr Grutzner has worked in the field of comparative genome biology in many different species and published extensively in leading international journals including Nature, Nature Genetics and Science. For the past 15 years he has been instrumental in establishing monotremes as a key species for research in comparative genomics and mammalian evolution. More recently he has established a community-based research project on echidna conservation and research (EchidnaCSI).

He has won several awards for his research including the Eppendorf Medal for the Young Australian Investigator (2005) and the Tall Poppy Science Award (2007/8) and SA Science Excellence awards in Citizen Science (2021). His research has been supported by competitive ARC research fellowships and grants since 2003.

AGM information

The term of office of all currently elected officers of the EIANZ SA Division will expire at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting. Nominations are called for any of the general Committee positions for the period 2021 to 2022.

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • General Committee Members

Only current financial members are eligible to nominate for these positions. All nominations must be endorsed by two EIANZ Full Members or Fellows.
Nominations can be made by completing a nomination form and forwarding it to Cassandra Wadrop, SA Division Secretary at Tegan Stehbens at to arrive by 24 August 2022.

In the event of more than one nomination being received for any one position, a ballot will be held at the Annual General Meeting.

In the event that Full members or Fellow members are unable to attend the AGM they may appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf.

The proxy form should be completed and emailed to by 12:00pm on 25 August 2022.

Please click here to download the Agenda →
Please click here to download the Nomination form →
Please click here to download the Proxy form →
Please click here to download the Draft Minutes from the 2021 AGM →

Event details

When: 25 August 2022
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: Belgian Beer Cafe
27-29 Ebenezer Place, Adelaide

Cost: Free

Contact: Central office on 03 8593 4140 or or

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