October  2015
  • The New Zealand science landscape and the evolution of the university. A seminar by Jim Metson
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: 01/10/2015 - 1:00 pm
    Location: RB901, Rankine Brown (Central Library), VUW
    Description: New Zealand has challenges in the structure and scale of our science system. There is a commitment to system to grow the system and the National Science Challenges and additional CoREs reflect this. However major weaknesses remain in our innovation culture and the limited investment of business in R&D, which prompt a focus on how this culture can be encouraged in a small advanced economy. More info A major factor which plays into the science and innovation space internationally is the changing role of Universities who are increasingly seen as innovation enablers and supporters of an economy, rather than serving the wider ambitions of the society in which they are embedded. Some of these trends will be considered.
  • National Multiple Birth Conference
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: 05/10/2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: Brentwood Hotel, 16 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
    Description: Prepare to be wowed, inspired and gain skills and strategies in the area of wellness and parenting multiples. 2015’s National Multiple Birth conference presents a line-up of renowned keynote speakers, a series of challenging, thought provoking workshops and the opportunity to experience culture and sparkle in our capital. More info
  • Climate Change in New Zealand; Is it doom or can we hope?
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: 05/10/2015 - 6:30 pm
    Location: Castle 2 Lecture Theatre, access from Albany Street, University of Otago
    Description: Public Lecture presented by Sir Geoffrey Palmer Brought to you by : Wise Response Society Inc, CSAFE, Law, Division of Sciences and Department of Social & Preventive Medicine More info
  • How to Discover a Planet from your Sofa
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: 05/10/2015 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Te Whare Apārangi, Royal Society of New Zealand, 11 Turnbull St, Thorndon, Wellington
    Description: Chris Lintott, Professor of Astrophysics and Citizen Science at the University of Oxford, UK. Astronomers have discovered that planets are common – most stars we see in the night sky probably have worlds circling them – but many of these places are stranger than we could possibly have imagined. This talk will explore these new discoveries, ask whether aliens are out there somewhere, and explain how you can help in the search. More info
  • 2015 Rutherford Lecture: Going Super Heavy
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: 07/10/2015 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Auckland, New Zealand
    Description: Distinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger FRSNZ, Director of the Centre of Theoretical Chemistry and Physics at Massey University, gives his Rutherford Lecture on the Periodic table in both historical and modern times. The first periodic table of the elements was proposed in 1869. It was compiled by arranging the elements in ascending order of atomic weight, grouped by chemical properties. At that time it was not known how high in atomic weight the elements could go before becoming too unstable and decaying. But in the last decade we have seen the production of new elements up to nuclear charge 118. So just how heavy can elements go and what can chemists do with such exotic elements? Where does the periodic table end? More information
  • Tobacco taxation: How can it best be used to help achieve a Smokefree Aotearoa?
    Starts: 2:30 pm
    Ends: 09/10/2015 - 5:00 pm
    Location: University of Otago, Wellington, 23A Mein St, Newtown
    Description: ASPIRE2025 is delighted to bring you this opportunity to hear from a leading international expert on tobacco taxation, Professor Frank Chaloupka. It is a real privilege to be hosting him in New Zealand and we invite you to join us to hear this award-winning speaker. More info Frank’s seminar will describe his recent most work on tobacco taxation and its relevance to the achievement of the Smokefree 2025 goal . A very topical issue given the last planned tobacco taxation increase is in 2016. This seminar will be held at the University of Otago, Wellington campus but is also available by web-conference for people outside of Wellington who are unable to attend in person.
  • Innovation and the Environment
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: 09/10/2015 - 4:30 pm
    Location: ecture Theatre 731-201, Tāmaki Innovation Campus, University of Auckland, 261 Morrin Road, St Johns, Auckland
    Description: Head of Tāmaki Innovation Campus Seminar Series A discussion on the Obama Administration’s Clean Energy Strategies and Ongoing Efforts to Address Climate Change Impact Speaker: United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, Mark Gilbert More info
  • Is there really a link between low parental income and childhood obesity?
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: 12/10/2015 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Room 104, Fale Pasifika Complex (273-104) , University of Auckland
    Description: The established association between familial socioeconomic status and child obesity has created the expectation that low familial income is a cause of child obesity. Yet there is very little evidence in the UK to suggest that this is the case. This paper uses data from the Millennium Cohort Study (age 7) to assess whether or not low familial income and family poverty are associated with an increased risk of child obesity. More info Nichola Shackleton recently became a Research Fellow at COMPASS, the University of Auckland. Previously she worked a Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Child Health, working mainly on projects relating to the potential impact of schools on adolescent’s health and risk taking behaviours, and socioeconomic inequalities in adolescent’s health. She was awarded her PhD in September 2014 from the UCL Institute of Education for her thesis on “Socioeconomic inequalities in young children’s weight status in the UK”.
  • Nocturnal Natives
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: 14/10/2015 - 8:30 pm
    Description: Researcher Katie Sheridan will be discussing her research on the forest-dwelling brown teal (pāteke) at Zealandia. More info
  • Premier cancer research showcase 2015
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: 21/10/2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre, Uni of Otago, Wellington
    Description: Twelve University of Otago researchers will be in the spotlight providing bite-sized, lay-friendly outlines of their work at the cancer coalface in New Zealand. More info We are featuring internationally recognised and distinguished scientists alongside award-winning emerging researchers whose fingers are on the pulse of reducing the incidence and impact of cancer.
  • Climate change and business conference
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: 22/10/2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: Rendezvous Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand
    Description: The Australia-New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference is designed to bring business and policy makers together to up-skill and share ideas in an event tailored to its audience. It has an Australasian reach, given many companies work on both sides of the Tasman. The way policies are evolving is different in each country, offering both informative contrasts in approach and challenges in management that need to be understood. More info
  • Otago Spotlight Series: Cancer Research
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: 21/10/2015 - 12:00 am
    Description: Twelve University of Otago researchers will be in the spotlight providing bite-sized, lay-friendly outlines of their work at the cancer coalface in New Zealand. More info We are featuring internationally recognised and distinguished scientists alongside award-winning emerging researchers whose fingers are on the pulse of reducing the incidence and impact of cancer. Our programme includes: Unlocking the vulnerabilities of cancer cells Diagnosis and treatment advances Screening, and health spending Social and behavioural factors Personal dimensions of cancer journeys Attendees will have the chance to meet with researchers, and to contribute their views on the cancer priorities for New Zealand.
  • The predicaments of predictions
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: 21/10/2015 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Quality Hotel Plymouth International, Cnr. Courtenay & Leach St., New Plymouth 4312, New Zealand
    Description: Leading experts from Victoria University of Wellington are visiting New Plymouth this month to give a public lecture on two potential statistical snags. Dr Richard Arnold from Victoria’s School of Mathematics and Statistics will explore how everyday statistics can be frustrating and misleading. “We are constantly bombarded by statistics in the modern world,” says Dr Arnold. “This information is supposed to be helpful, yet somehow it seems arbitrary, unreliable and confusing. Is red wine good for us or not? Why do there seem to be conflicting stories about the risks of vaccination?” If you would like to attend, email with ‘New Plymouth Lecture’ in the subject line or phone 04-463 5791 by Friday 16 October. Dr Arnold, who lectures on applied statistics and has been the election night forecaster for Television New Zealand for the last three general elections, will discuss the reasons that such an important subject cases us all so much frustration and provide insights on how to endure the data deluge. He will be joined by Associate Professor Nancy Bertler from Victoria’s Antarctic Research Centre, who will talk about the potential collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet and how this affects sea level rise predictions. Rapid deglaciation of West Antarctica remains a primary uncertainty in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predictions future sea level rise. Dr Bertler will discuss the reasons why dynamical responses to warming play a more significant role than is currently captured in climate ice-sheet models, and present results from current research projects that indicate a higher climate sensitivity of the Antarctic ice sheets than previously thought. Dr Bertler is the leader of the National Ice Core Research Programme, manages the New Zealand Ice Core Research Facility and is the Chief Scientist of the Roosevelt Island Climate Evolution (RICE) project.
  • From mHealth to Future Tech: Personalised Wellness for All Symposium
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: 24/10/2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: Carlaw Park, Ground Floor, 12-16 Nicholls Lane, Parnell, Auckland
    Description: This symposium brings together national and international experts to present the latest research on mHealth, wearable technologies and personal Big Data. More info Presentation topics include: Lifelogging technologies and personal Big Data The future of personalised wellness mHealth programmes for diabetes, pregnancy and mental health Smoking cessation assistance using bioengineering technologies Opinion mining and social media analysis Automated cameras and other wearable technologies.
  • Nat Geo Live – Ocean Wild
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: 22/10/2015 - 9:30 pm
    Location: Soundings Theatre, Level 2, Te Papa, Wellington
    Description: Dive deep into the world’s oceans with one of National Geographic’s most seasoned explorers. Watch as Brian Skerry’s images illuminate the vast, hidden world beneath the waves. More info Brian has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater using his camera to tell the story of some of the ocean’s most elusive inhabitants. His mission: to enlighten and inspire people to care about the beauty, bounty, and health of the world’s oceans.
  • Food Structures, Digestion and Health conference 2015
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: 31/10/2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: Intercontinental Hotel Wellington
    Description: The conference will offer researchers and industry professionals the opportunity to network across disciplines, form research collaborations and partnerships, and develop joint research initiatives capable of delivering diet reformulation strategies which promote consumer health and wellbeing. Early career researchers and students will have the opportunity to present their research to leading scientists. More info
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