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How we relate – What is meaningful engagement?

Victoria Metcalf Oct 13, 2016

In a post-normal science world how we engage is fundamentally important. Next Tuesday Twitter users will have the opportunity to discuss meaningful engagement in a combined #scicommnz #scichatnz chat. SciCommNZ chats, using the hashtag #scicommnz, are where a community of scientists, science communicators and science educators meet on Twitter once a month. The chat aim is to … Read More

Reframing innovation in New Zealand Part 2

Victoria Metcalf Aug 10, 2016

The assignment from Te Punaha Matatini – to think about how we might reframe innovation in the New Zealand context and to use the available data from Figure.NZ to do so – has given me pause to consider some often overlooked and what I believe are pivotal components to creating a brighter future – diversity (in this piece, focussing … Read More

Reframing innovation in New Zealand Part 1

Victoria Metcalf Aug 08, 2016

The assignment from Te Punaha Matatini – to think about how we might reframe innovation in the New Zealand context and to use the available data from Figure.NZ to do so – has given me pause to consider some often overlooked and what I believe are pivotal components to creating a brighter future – diversity (in this piece, focussing … Read More

Kids as curators of creativity

Victoria Metcalf Apr 25, 2016

Children have a wealth of information to teach us if we pause to observe their simple rituals as collectors and curators. They’d been playing happily on the wharf, my daughter and a new same-age friend she’d met just minutes before in the restaurant where we’d just eaten lunch. They’d cemented their bonding whilst peering down the hole around a wharf pile in the … Read More

Slugging it out? They call me mellow yellow

Victoria Metcalf Mar 04, 2016

Sometimes we find quite extraordinary, yet ordinary, things in our own backyard. Introducing a slug. The other day I found this beauty sliding along our doormat. Slugs and snails don’t gross me out. After all, thanks to an interest shown by Miss6, we kept Big Gavin, a hand-me-down snail and his/her friends for nearly 2 years as a pet. Big Gavin … Read More

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Women in science – yesterday, today and tomorrow

Victoria Metcalf Feb 14, 2016

February 11th marked the first ever International Day of Women and Girls in Science, as declared by the UN. These are my reflections on women in science drafted the day after this inaugural event. Yesterday Yesterday I spent time in the morning reading about some of the latest sexual harassment cases for women in science. It’s disturbing just … Read More

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Meet the new must-have pet

Victoria Metcalf Oct 20, 2015

*Please see end of post for details of an incentivised research survey on science blogs we’d love you to participate in. I have a crazily adorable house bunny called Acorn, who is about to become a celeb-bunny on another Sciblogs site. Acorn is exponentially more lovely than our previous rabbit, Daisy, who came to us second-hand and possibly treated sub-optimally. Read More

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