International Year of Chemistry Events in Christchurch

By Michael Edmonds 03/08/2011

This month is a busy one for organisers of events in Canterbury to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry. We have two events rapidly approaching.

A Soupçon of Science: Creativity at the Interface of Chemistry and Cuisine

Thursday August 18th , 5.30 pm, D-Lecture theatre, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

This is a free public lecture which explores the of the world of cooking from a molecular perspective. Associate Professor Kent Kirshenbaum (New York University) combines science, food and showmanship to both educate and entertain. A master in the art of doing things with food (such as stretching ice cream and using industrial processes to turn cheese into airy delights, Kent is a co-founder of the Experimental Cuisine Collective and is associated with the website Cooking for Geeks

An Illustrated Chemistry of Fireworks, with live demonstrations

Tuesday August 23rd, 7.30 to 8.30 pm, Central Lecture Block, University of Canterbury

Anthony Lealand will speak on the chemistry of the fireworks his company uses in international pyrotechnic displays. The talk will include demonstrations with indoor fireworks.  There will be some smoke in the room from the demonstrations. The ventilation will clear this quickly.

Anthony is CEO of Firework Professionals Ltd, having 25 years of experience in the business. He set up the business after leaving his post as Senior Demonstrator in the Physics Department of the University of Canterbury. Since then he has grown the company to include seven full-time staff in Christchurch and a network of 45 contractors across New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Anthony’s expertise led to his being invited by ERMA (now the Environmental Protection Agency) to become one of the first test certifiers, covering a wide range of class 1 fireworks and special effect classifications, and to write the Code of Practice for Fireworks.