Upcoming Talks

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Antarctica – Living at the End of the World.

Saturday 2 December 2017, 6.00pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, 91 Tenby St, Wanaka. Anthony Powell – Filmmaker and Photographer. Anthony Powell has worked in Antarctica for many years, and is the creator of the multi-award winning feature film Antarctica: A Year On Ice. His footage has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including the BBC […]

Past Talks

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Home Truths

Friday 10 Nov 2017, 6.00pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, 91 Tenby St, Wanaka. Prof. Philippa Howden-Chapman. Professor of Public Health at the University of Otago, and director of the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities. Housing, particularly its quality, availability and affordability, has [...]

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Women in Nanoscience: little materials, big stories

Friday 6 Oct 2017, 6.00pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, 91 Tenby St, Wanaka. The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Speakers: Professor Cather Simpson, Dr. Michelle Dickinson and Professor Penny Brothers. The MacDiarmid Institute is delighted to bring its regional [...]

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How should society prepare for advances in Artificial Intelligence?

Friday 4 Aug 2017, 6.00pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, 91 Tenby St, Wanaka. Assoc. Prof. Alistair Knott, Department of Computer Science, University of Otago. Alistair Knott is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science department at the University of Otago. He studied Psychology and [...]

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Stem cells today: new ventures in science and potential for medical treatments

Friday 30 June 2017, 6.00pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, 91 Tenby St, Wanaka. Dr Jim Faed, Senior Lecturer, Department of Pathology (DSM), University of Otago. Stem cells are present in all living tissues. They are small populations of cells, specific to each tissue, that continue to provide [...]

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Urban ecological restoration: the new frontier?

Friday 12 May 2017, 6.00pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, 91 Tenby St, Wanaka Professor Bruce Clarkson, University of Waikato, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Charles Fleming Lecture New Zealand has a long and enviable record in conservation biology, which began with Wildlife Service efforts to [...]

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The Magnitude 7.8 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake: What we saw and what we learned

Friday 31 March 2017, 6.00pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, 91 Tenby St, Wanaka Professor Mark Stirling, Inaugural Professor of Earthquake Science, Otago University Abstract I will provide an overview of the seismology, surface ruptures and landslides produced by the Mw7.8, 14 November 2016 [...]

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SAVING OUR ALPINE LAKES – WHAT CAN WE DO?

Friday 24 February at 7.30 pm in the Lake Wanaka Centre. VIDEOS OF MEETING Video1: Video2: Video3: Video4: Video5: The meeting will seek to provide an overview of all the research, actions and activities that are or need to be directed at guarding the health of the lakes and catchments. It will [...]

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Enabling the Solar Revolution

Monday 13 February, 2017, 6.00pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, 91 Tenby St, Wanaka. By Henry Snaith FRS, University of Oxford, and Professor Justin Hodgkiss, Deputy Director, MacDiarmid Institute. This year will see us capture more of our energy needs from sunlight than ever before. The phenomenal [...]

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The Science and politics of alcohol restrictions to reduce assault: three Australian case studies

Thursday 20 October 6 pm Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby St. $5 admission. Professor Kypros Kypri, School of Medicine & Public Health, The University of Newcastle, Australia Regulating pub trading hours has long been viewed as effective violence prevention. Until recently, however, [...]

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Rutherford Lecture

Friday 30 September 6 pm Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby St. $5 admission. Professor Ian Reid, Department of Medicine, University of Auckland. Ian is the RSNZ Rutherford Medal recipient and winner of the Prime Minister’s Science Prize for 2015. He will present his research into the [...]

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THE MATERIAL HISTORY and FUTURE OF MAN

Friday 26 August 6 pm Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby St. $5 admission. MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced materials and Nanotechnology – Regional Lecture Series. Dr. Duncan McGillivray, School of Chemical Sciences, University of Auckland. Dr. Natalie Plank, School of Chemical and [...]

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Ten things you need to know about climate change

Friday 5 August 2016. 6 pm Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby St. $5 admission. Professors James Renwick and Tim Naish, Victoria University, Wellington. Their talk will be based on the two recent climate change reports issued by RSNZ but it will be pitched at a very general audience and will [...]

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Gravitational waves: black holes & the ‘Big Bang’

Friday 8 July 6 pm Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby St. $5 admission. Professor Richard Easther, Department of Physics, University of Auckland. Gravitational waves: Black Holes and the ‘Big Bang’. Professor Easther is a Kiwi from Hamilton who studied at the University at [...]

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Stories of Innovation – a Dunedin based company’s successes in researching, designing and manufacturing industrial robots.

Friday 24th June 6 pm Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby St Wanaka. Admission $5. Andrew Arnold, General Manager, Scott Technology Ltd, Dunedin. Title: Stories of Innovation – a Dunedin based company’s successes in researching, designing and manufacturing industrial robots. Scott [...]

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The conservation, ecology and breeding strategy of a rare and threatened species (the Southern Crested Grebe) in Lakes Wanaka and Hayes

Friday 6th May 6pm Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby Street, Wanaka Admission $5 John Darby, Retired zoologist, Guardian of Lake Wanaka, Committee member of Wanaka Branch RSNZ. Records indicate that grebes (a rare and threatened species in NZ) first attempted to breed in the Roys Bay area in [...]

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NASA Balloon Project

Friday 18th March 6 pm Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby St Wanaka. Admission $5. Debora Fairbrother, Chief of the NASA Balloon Program Office (BPO) and Project Manager, NASA Balloon Project, Wanaka. Title: NASA’s Scientific Balloon Programme Debora will present an overview of NASA’s [...]

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Contemporary international migration to the regions: it is not just an Auckland story

Friday 11th March 6 pm, Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby St. Contemporary international migration to the regions: it is not just an Auckland story. Professor Richard Bedford QSO, FRSNZ, President of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Richard is Emeritus Professor at the University of Waikato [...]

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Evolution of the body snatchers, or the secret lives of parasites

Friday 19th February 6 pm, Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby St Wanaka, $5 admission. Evolution of the body snatchers, or the secret lives of parasites. Professor Robert Poulin Department of Zoology, University of Otago, Dunedin. Although they account for maybe half of current biodiversity, [...]

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Making Light Work

Friday 23rd October, 6 pm, Presbyterian Community Centre, 91 Tenby St. Admission $5 Associate Professor Cather Simpson, Director, The Photon Factory, University of Auckland Today, lasers correct your vision, record your purchases, weld power train components in your car, and much more. In this [...]

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Sugar, Sugar Everywhere But Which One Is Safe To Eat

Professor Peter Shepherd, University of Auckland. Friday 4th September 6 pm Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby St. $5 admission. Professor Peter Shepherd will demystify the science behind the many different types of sugar that we have in our diet. He will go on to show how too much sugar [...]

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Flowers in the fridge: Floral Biology in New Zealand Alpine and Subantarctic Zones

Dr Janice Lord, Department of Botany/Genetics Otago, University of Otago (RSNZ Leonard Cockayne Fund Recipient). Friday 28th August 6 pm Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby St. $5 admission. The flowers of high latitude and high altitude plants are often less coloured and smaller compared with [...]

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The Civilisation of Angkor

Professor Charles Higham, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Otago. Friday 7th August 6 pm, Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby St. $5 admission It was in the late 16th century that Portuguese missionaries discovered the largest pre-industrial city in the world, in the [...]

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Parkinson’s Disease and Stroke – Towards New Treatments

Friday 22nd May 2015 6 pm Presbyterian Community Centre Tenby St. Associate Professor John Reynolds, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Anatomy, University of Otago. Assoc Prof Reynolds will review recent work he and others have been undertaking towards new therapeutic [...]

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Get Off the Grass: Kickstarting New Zealand’s innovation economy

Friday 17th April 2015 6 pm Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby St. Professor Shaun Hendy FRSNZ, Professor of Physics, Director of Te Punaha Matatini, University of Auckland. Shaun Hendy is a physicist by training, formerly Professor of Computational Physics at Victoria University, a Fellow at [...]

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The Spark of Life

Friday 20th March 2015 6 pm, Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby St. Professor Frances Ashcroft FRS, University of Oxford, UK. 2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Distinguished Speaker Frances Ashcroft is a Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Oxford and Director of OXION, a [...]

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The 2013 Census: NZ’s evolving population

Friday 6 March 2015 6 pm Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby St. Emeritus Professor Erik Olssen, Otago University, and Dr Malcolm McKinnon, Victoria University. The Royal Society of New Zealand has undertaken a major review paper about the 2013 census and New Zealand’s changing population, [...]

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Is managing threatened species with less than 5,000 individuals a waste of time?

Friday 21st November 2014 6 pm, Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby St. Professor Ian Jamieson, Department Of Zoology, Otago University, and Allan Wilson Centre

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Darwin’s regret: what maths tells us about the evolution of life

Wednesday 22nd October 2014 6 pm, Presbyterian Community Centre Tenby St. Professor Mike Steel, Deputy Director Alan Wilson Centre, and Director Biomathematics Research Centre, University of Canterbury

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The rise of the Bots: Robots, Surgeons and Disruptive Technology

Friday 17th October 2014 6 pm, Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby St. Dr Catherine Mohr, Director of Medical Research, Intuitive Surgical Inc, California

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New medicines in wound healing

Thursday 25th September 2014 6 pm. Presbyterian Community centre, Wanaka. Professor Colin Green, Professor of Ophthalmology and Translational Vision Research, Auckland Medical School.

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Hubble and marvels of the cosmos

Friday 15th August 2014 6 pm. Presbyterian Community Centre, Wanaka. Dr Ian Griffin, Director of Otago Museum, Dunedin

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Precision oncology: the future of cancer therapy

Friday 25 July 2014 6 pm. Presbyterian Community Centre, Wanaka. Professor Parry Guilford, Centre for Translational Cancer Research, University of Otago, Principal Investigator Pacific Edge Technologies Ltd

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What’s in our Water

Thursday 19th June 2014 6 pm, Main Hall, Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka. Professor Nigel French, Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health department, Massey University .

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The demise of NZ’s freshwaters: politics and science

Friday 13 June 2014 6 pm, Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby St, Wanaka. Dr Michael Joy, Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Science, Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University

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Silver and gold nanoparticles: elixir of life to biosensors

Friday 2 May 2014 6 pm in the Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre. Professor Jim McQuillan, Professor of Chemistry, University of Otago

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Alzheimer’s disease: Is there any good news?

Friday 14 February 2014 6 pm at the Presbyterian Community Centre, Tenby St. Professor Cliff Abraham, Professor of Psychology and Director, Brain Health Research Centre, University of Otago

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The Mathematics of 7 billion (RSNZ 10 x 10 lecture)

Friday 12th December 2013 6pm, Presbyterian Community Centre, Wanaka. Dr Mike Plank, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Canterbury

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Cervical cancer: unravelling the clues

Friday 15th November 2013 6 pm, Main Hall, Lake Wanaka centre. Professor Sir David Skegg, Preventive & Social Medicine, University of Otago

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Is Exercise Bad for You?

Friday 20th September 2013 6 pm, Edgewater Theatre, Edgewater, Wanaka. Dr Lindy Castell, Research Fellow in Physiology, University of Oxford, UK

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The Alpine Fault and earthquake enigma of the central south island

Friday 16th August 2013 6 pm in the Main Hall, Lake Wanaka Centre. Professor Tim Stern, Professor of Geophysics, Victoria University.

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Master of your Soul: Literature and philosophy

Friday 4th June 2013 6pm, Presbyterian Community Centre, Wanaka. Emeritus Professor Jim Flynn, Political Science Department, University of Otago

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Mastering molecular chess to mine nature’s medicine chest

Wednesday 8th May 2013, 6 pm, Presbyterian Community Centre, Wanaka Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble, Organic and Medicinal Chemistry, Auckland. Rutherford Lecture

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I met a traveler from an ancient Land: Interpreting the past through DNA

Wanaka Royal Society Inaugural Lecture 1st March 2013 6pm, Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre. Professor Bryan Sykes, Professor of Human Genetics, University of Oxford