At the amazing Kiwifoo earlier this year, Richard Easther floated the idea of doing something to celebrate the great science that is going on in New Zealand. Roll on a few months and Shaun Hendy asks us if we would like to help organise next year’s New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) annual conference. Hell yes, we reply!
Over a lovely dinner last week, Richard, Shaun, Steven Galbraith and I started throwing ideas around and a big public celebration of New Zealand science came up again. So we’ve decided to give it a go. But in the spirit of open science we have decided against organising this event in the usual way. So instead of a small number of people deciding what everyone else gets to see/experience, we want your help to make a really inclusive celebration of NZ science.
What should the Great NZ Science Fair look like? Who should come? Where should we hold it? What should happen? Who should pay for it? Here are some thoughts to start you off:
A big event downtown, in the Aotea Centre, and sell tickets for a couple of hours’ worth of stunning short talks in the ASB Auditorium?
Would MoTAT be interested?
Science-themed Pecha Kucha evenings?
Makers and 3D printers
Bacteria that glow in the dark
Rube Goldberg machines
Robots and lasers in the same package
Music and drama
A big name from overseas who can fill a big room?
Something you can walk around?
Or something you buy a ticket for?
Not just Auckland
Bring your science question, the doctor is in — for kids and for businesses
Science fiction and real science: can I build a Tardis?
So if you are a scientist who wants to share your passion with the public, get in touch.
If you are living in NZ and want to know what awesome science is going on here, get in touch.
If you have any ideas for how we could fund this celebration, get in touch.
Or you could just tell us it is a crazy idea and it was tried once before and will never work.
Send an email, leave a comment either here or over on Richard’s blog, tweet an idea (#nzscifair), volunteer, promise money, or sign up as a sponsor. And we’ll see what happens next!