Upcoming Talks

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Electric Vehicles

Friday 6 November at 6.00pm, at the Presbyterian Community Centre, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka. Oana Jones, Full Dome producer at Otago Museum. Cost – $5 per person. New Zealand is in a unique position for the adoption of electric cars. With a lot of cheap imports, a majority of our power generation from renewable sources, […]

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Upcoming Mars Missions – Title TBC

Friday 12 February at 6.00pm, at the Presbyterian Community Centre, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka. Dr Brian Pollard. Cost – $5 per person.   Dr Pollard will speak about his Mars landing work: there are 3 missions scheduled to arrive at Mars in February 2021. The orbiter and rover from China (no earlier than 11 February), […]

Past Talks

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Materials – Fact or Fiction

MacDiarmid Institute Regional Lecture Series 2020 Materials Fact or Fiction – Wanaka. Friday 23rd October, 6pm, at the Presbyterian Community Hall, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka. In order to accommodate any further changes in alert levels due to COVID, this year’s showcase will be in a digital [...]

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Wellbeing Policy: Past, Present, Future

Friday 7 August at 6.00pm, at the Presbyterian Community Centre, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka. Professor Arthur Grimes, Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington. Cost – $5 per person. The New Zealand government has placed great store on a [...]

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NZ Innovation for Sustainability

Friday 6 September at 6.00pm, at the Presbyterian Community Centre, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka. Dr Nicola Gaston and Dr Marcus Jones, MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Cost – $5 per person. Come and hear MacDiarmid Institute scientists talk about how materials [...]

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CHOOSING THE FUTURE OF ANTARCTICA

Friday 18 October at 6.00pm, at the Presbyterian Community Centre, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka. Professor Tim Naish, Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington. New Zealand Antarctic Society National Speaker for 2019 Cost – $5 per person. I will present two narratives on the [...]

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Seeing more using x-ray colour

Friday 16 August at 6.00pm, at the Presbyterian Community Centre, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka. Dr Hannah Prebble, Clinical Application Researcher at MARS Bioimaging Ltd. MARS is a new 3D x-ray imaging modality that enables the assessment of biochemical and physiological processes within the body. [...]

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The Life and Times of Supervolcanoes

Friday 27 July 2018, 6.00pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, 91 Tenby St, Wanaka. Professor Professor Colin Wilson, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington. Royal Society Te Apārangi is aflame with excitement to present the 2018 New Zealand Rutherford [...]

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Myth busting: the obesity epidemic.

Friday 13 April 2018, 6.00pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, 91 Tenby St, Wanaka. Professor Tony Merriman, Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago. In this talk I will address what we know about the causes of obesity, a risk factor for metabolic diseases (diabetes, kidney and heart disease, [...]

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ADInstruments, Making Science Easier.

Saturday 12 May 2018, 6.00pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, 91 Tenby St, Wanaka. Professor Michael Macknight, Co- founder and Director of ADInstruments, Dunedin. The best universities in the world are using medical technology designed by a Dunedin student nearly 30 years ago. Founded by Michael [...]

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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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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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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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