Thursday talks

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The Friends of the ANBG have run a program of popular weekly lunchtime talks for many years, known as the Thursday Talks. Botany is naturally the principal focus of these talks, though they can range anywhere across the natural world.

Thursday Talks recommenced in February 2021, in line with COVID-19 restrictions, including:

Limited numbers - booking a seat will be essential. Booking links will be provided within each calendar entry advertising a talk.

A COVID safety plan is in place for this event in line with current ACT COVID-19 restrictions.

All attendees are asked to check in via Check In CBR QR code on arrival. Please follow organisers' directions on seating and social distancing. If any attendees are unable to use a code, then they will be requested to provide first name and phone number for contact tracing.

Please be aware that COVID-19 outbreaks and isolation requirements are subject to change at short notice.

Please ensure that:

  • You have not been in a hotspot or prohibited area before attending Thursday Talks.
  • You do not attend if you are feeling unwell.

Tickets are limited. If you are unable to come, please notify us on 0437 298 711 or 0407 299 704.

ANBG and the Friends are exploring ways that may present an opportunity for some talks to be made available online in the future.


Tim Fischer AO gives the first talk in the 2017 series (Photo: Alan Munns)
Tim Fischer AO gives the first talk in the 2017 series (Photo: Alan Munns)

Contact information

The organising committee is always pleased to hear of interesting potential speakers. Contact us by email at

The committee members are:

  • Linda Beveridge
  • Elizabeth Truswell
  • Anthony Whalen
  • Barbara Hamburger

How to find us

Map of the Gardens showing the Theatrette