Behind the Scenes: The Power of Giving Members Event.
Behind the Scenes: The Power of Giving Members Event. Gabahnbah by Uncle Magpie Curry - Minyungbal - Kuku - Yalanji. Image: Supplied
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  • 6pm - 6.30pm: Drinks & nibbles
  • 6.40pm - 8pm: Panel and Q&A

Join us for this exclusive evening and go behind-the-scenes to learn about the Australian Museum's (AM) newest developments in science, culture, education, and climate initiatives.

Begin the evening with drinks and nibbles in Hintze Hall before moving into the Theatre for an engaging panel discussion. Hear first-hand from AM collection managers and scientists as they share new acquisitions, exciting projects and groundbreaking work supported by the Australian Museum Foundation. Hosted by Frankie Greene, the Head of Development at the Australian Museum, and featuring Courtney Marsh, Manager, Strategic Projects, First Nations Division; Dr Matt Shaw, Collection Manager of Arachnology; Irene Guidotti from the AM Archives team; and Dane Trembath, Collection Manager of Herpetology.

Discover some of the inspiring work being done across the Museum to help secure our vision of being the leading voice for the richness of life, the earth and culture in Australia and the Pacific. Courtney will talk through one of the newest acquisitions to the Australian Museum First Nations collection and share how supportive research has benefited upcoming exhibits. Hear from Dr. Matt Shaw on his innovative project across some of our world's smallest species.

Plus in a not-to-be-missed opportunity, Irene Guidotti, Acting Head of World Cultures, Archives, and Library, will give a sneak-peek of one of the newest rare book acquisitions to join the Museum's collection. Accompanied by Dane Trembath, Collection Manager for Herpetology, unique specimens aligned with this special book will also be unveiled.

This evening of insight and discovery has been made possible by the generosity of the Australian Museum Foundation and Australian Museum Members.

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Courtney Marsh

Courtney Marsh, First Nations Content Producer

Courtney Marsh is a Minjungbal - Ni-Vanuatu mibiny and the Manager, Strategic Projects, First Nations Division at the Australian Museum.

Image: Nicholas Hannah
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Courtney Marsh is a Minjungbal - Ni-Vanuatu mibiny who grew up on Gadigal Country. Courtney is currently the Manager, Strategic Projects, First Nations Division at the Australian Museum. In this role Courtney facilitates the amplification of First Nations voices, cultures and frameworks, illustrating how her Peoples’ science and knowledge-bases should be incorporated into society to build a more sustainable future.

Courtney has worked on several curatorial projects within the Australian Museum including GADI, MAHN, Burra, and Barka: the Forgotten River, and the redevelopment of the Museum's permanent First Nations Galleries.


Dr Matt Shaw

Dr Matthew Shaw 2021, descending wire ladder in cave. Bushblitz caving team.

Dr Matt Shaw is the Australian Museum's Collection Manager, Arachnology.

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Dr Matt Shaw is the Australian Museum's Collection Manager, Arachnology and has been dedicated to the study of nature since a young age. After a Zoology degree at the University of Queensland, he delved into museum work, specializing in spiders and Terrestrial Vertebrates at the Queensland Museum.

He has also held positions such as Associate Curator of Natural History at New Zealand's Canterbury Museum and Collection Manager of Terrestrial Invertebrates at the South Australian Museum. Completing PhD studies in nest mites and dermanyssoid mites, Dr Matt's comprehensive knowledge and research contributions make him an integral part of the Australian Museum Research Institute.


Frankie Greene (Host)

Frankie Greene, Head of Development at the Australian Museum.
Frankie Greene, Head of Development at the Australian Museum. Image: Supplied
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Frankie Greene, Head of Development at the Australian Museum, plays a pivotal role in supporting the mission of the Australian Museum. Working closely with the Australian Museum Foundation, through strategic planning and philanthropic initiatives Frankie helps secure support necessary to the Museum's research, exhibitions, and educational programs. Her work is instrumental to the Museum and contributes to the sustainability and expansion of the Museum's offerings and connection with the community.


Irene Guidotti

Irene Guidotti, Acting Head of World Cultures, Archives, and Library at the Australian Museum.
Irene Guidotti, Acting Head of World Cultures, Archives, and Library at the Australian Museum. Image: Supplied
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Irene Guidotti is the Acting Head of World Cultures, Archives, and Library at the Australian Museum. As a librarian specialising in cultural preservation and digital heritage, her expertise includes the study of manuscripts, collections history, and digital tools. Irene's dedication to cultural preservation enables broader access and understanding of the Museum's collections. Irene empowers researchers by ensuring resources are accessible to educators, students, and the public, thereby promoting cultural awareness and appreciation.


Dane Trembath

Dane Trembath, Collection Manager of the Herpetology Collection at the Australian Museum Research Institute.
Dane Trembath, Collection Manager of the Herpetology Collection at the Australian Museum Research Institute. Image: Supplied
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Dane is the Collection Manager of the Herpetology Collection at the Australian Museum Research Institute. As a biologist with a focus on the herpetology of the northern tropics of Australia, Dane's extensive field experience from living in the region for over 20 years contributes significantly to the museum's insights and research. They’re currently undertaking the intricate and fascinating taxonomic work on tropical snakes, in addition to working on the popular and evolving FrogID project.