The Skerman Lecture recognises the contribution of Professor Victor Bruce Darlington Skerman Qld.Dip.Agric., B.Agr.Sc. Qld, D.Sc. Qld, FWAAS, MASM in the development of Microbiology at The University of Queensland.

Professor Skerman was Head of the Department of Microbiology 1962-1981, having been appointed Foundation Chair of Microbiology in 1961.
He had broad interests in microbial physiology, ecology and diversity, but is best known and recognised for his international reform of bacterial systematics and nomenclature.
Further information on the contributions of Professor Skerman is available in:
Sly, L.I. (1995). V.B.D. Skerman (1921-1993), a reforming force in bacterial systematics and nomenclature. Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol. 45: 412-413.

2018 Lecture: Wednesday 1 August

The 2018 speaker is Professor Edward Holmes from The University of Sydney who will present a a lecture titled "Adventures in the Virosphere". This event is being held on Wednesday 1 August 2018 from 1:30 - 3:30pm. Register now to reserve your seat. 

Speakers in recent years have been:
  • 2016 - Professor Harry Mobley, Frederick G. Novy Distinguished University Professor and Chair, University of Michigan - 'Redefining Bacterial Virulence in terms of Evolution, Metabolism, Immune Response and Gene Expression during Infection.'
  • 2015 - Professor Alan Cooper, from the University of Adelaide - 'Using Ancient DNA to time travel through megafaunal extinctions, climate change and human microbiomes'.
  • 2014 - Professor Elizabeth Hartland, Head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Melbourne – 'Death receptors and bacterial diarrhoea'
  • 2013 - Professor Norman Pace from the University of Colorado - 'Into the Natural Microbial World: Metagenomics and the Tree of Life'
  • 2012 - Professor Ralph Tripp of the University of Georgia, USA - 'The development of enhanced vaccine cell lines for the eradication of poliovirus and other vaccine preventable diseases'.
  • 2011 – Prof Victor Nizet, Professor of Paediatrics and Pharmacy at the University of California, San Diego and Chief of the Division of Paediatric Pharmacology & Drug Discovery at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences– 'Bacteria and Phagocytes: Mortal Enemies'.
  • 2010 – Prof Paul Rainey, Profesor of Evolutionary Genetics, NZ Institute for Advanced Study, Massey University– 'Inevitability and Evolution'.
  • 2009 –  Prof Tony Cunningham, Director, Westmead Millenium Institute and Centre for Virus Research, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, and University of Sydney – 'Understanding the mechanisms of sexual transmission of HIV:  keys to prevention'.
  • 2008 –  Dame Dr Bridget Ogilvie, AC, DBE, FRS, FMedSci, Visiting Professor, University College London – ‘The Environment for Science in 2008.’
  • 2007 –  Prof  John S. Mackenzie, Professor of Tropical Infectious Diseases, Australian Biosecurity CRC, Curtin University of Technology – 'International disease surveillence: a paradigm shift.  The effect of the new International Health Regulations in a post 9/11 world.'
  • 2006 – Prof Ruth Hall, University of Sydney – 'Integrons and gene cassettes: raiding the bacterial metagenome for antibiotic resistance genes.'
  • 2005 – Prof Michael A. Apicella, University of Iowa – 'Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae and airway sialic acid: Role in colonization and infection.'
  • 2003 – Prof Michael Good, Queensland Institute of Medical Research.
  • 2002 – Dr Martyn Jeggo, CSIRO Animal Health Laboratories, Geelong – 'Where to next for international disease control and eradication?'
  • 2001 – Prof Staffan Kjelleberg, Scientia Professor, UNSW – 'Defences against colonisation of marine plants.'

 If you would like to find out about the next Skerman lecture, contact the School Office or check out the School Calendar.

Skerman Lecture section

2014 Skerman Lecture

All staff and students are invited to Death receptors and bacterial diarrhoea, to be held on 9 April.

2013 Skerman Lecture

Norman Pace delivered "Into the Natural Microbial World: Metagenomics and the Tree of Life" on 3 July.

Death receptors and bacterial diarrhoea

Professor Elizabeth Hartland presented the 2014 Skerman Lecture on 9 April.

Annual Skerman Lecture 2011

Professor Victor Nizet, of the University of California San Diego, delivered the 2011 Skerman Lecture.

2010 Skerman Lecture

Professor Paul Rainey of Massey University, New Zealand, delivered the 2010 Skerman Lecture.
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