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 Callaghan Innovation, and presently Professor and Director at Auckland university’s Te Punaha Matatini, a Centre of Research excellence (CoRE) which focuses on developing better economic and environmental policies for governments and business. In 2012 Shaun was awarded the Callaghan Medal by the Royal Society of NZ, and the Prime Ministers Science Media Communication Prize..
With the late Sir Paul Callaghan, one of NZ’s most celebrated scientists, Shaun wrote a book called “Get off the Grass”. The book, the title of his talk, develops the argument that we should live off knowledge as well as off nature, and the key lies in innovation in high-tech niches.