Upcoming Talks

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Past Talks

June 2024
Jun 07
07 June 2024 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dr Samuel Mehr (University of Auckland) Music - what is it, how does it work, and why does it exist? Henry Wadsworth Longfellow famously described music as "the universal language […]

May 2024
May 31
31 May 2024 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dr Tim Payn, SCION Everything that can be made with fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Forests are wonderful things, providing a huge range of products […]

April 2024
Apr 26
26 April 2024 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Professor Stephen Henry, Kode Biotech Ltd Steve’s early studies were of glycolipids (which can hop into cells and label them) before he switched to creating synthetic analogues. The work evolved […]

March 2024
Mar 22
22 March 2024 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

DO YOU HAVE A HEALTHY MIND? The philosophy of mental health Professor Simon Keller, Victoria University of Wellington Mental health is an increasingly prominent consideration in society but what is […]

February 2024
Feb 23
23 February 2024 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Professor Cliff Abraham, University of Otago Alzheimer’s disease treatment is one of neurology’s greatest challenges. Although drug therapies have been available for over 30 years, they’ve only been able to […]

December 2023
Dec 01
01 December 2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Associate Professor Karen Pollard, University of Canterbury and Director of Mount John Observatory Stars are key components of galaxies: they are hosts for families of planets; they create the chemical […]

November 2023
Nov 24
24 November 2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Professor James Higham, Griffith University, Brisbane, and University of Otago There has been much said about the impact of COVID-19 on tourism in New Zealand, and the need for a ‘new’ […]

October 2023
Oct 27
27 October 2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

All cellular organisms in the world are vulnerable to infection by viruses. We have seen this impact our lives in the past few years with the coronavirus pandemic. Bacteria are […]

September 2023
Sep 29
29 September 2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Professor David Wiltshire, University of Canterbury Sixty years ago New Zealander Roy Kerr helped revolutionize physics when he discovered the solution to Einstein's equations defining space around a rotating star […]

August 2023
Aug 18
18 August 2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Professor Delwyn Moller (University of Auckland) Imagine if domestic flights crossing our skies each day were not only taking people places but also gathering vast amounts of critical environmental data […]


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 approaches to Parkinson’s disease and stroke. He will describe an approach that his team is taking to restore the natural activity of the dopamine system that is lost in Parkinson’s disease. He will also describe novel and promising neurostimulation approaches designed to increase the functional gains obtained from rehabilitation following stroke.

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

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 training and research programme on the physiology of ion channels. Ion channels are unique proteins found in the membranes of all cells, which allow charged particles (ions) to flow in and out of cells, thus producing electrical signals. Frances’ thesis is a reductionist one, that all our activities, behaviours, sensory perceptions, conscious or unconscious thinking,

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, bringing together data and analyses from the 2013 Census and other sources, together with input from a wide range of researchers around the country. You are invited to hear a presentation from two eminent historians who were members of the review panel about what an evolving New Zealand society might look like.

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.

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

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 .

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

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