New project: Illustrated book by James Beattie

One of our Centre for Science in Society staff, James Beattie, with Richard Bullen and Maria Galikowski, has edited a book just published by Routledge in 2019, China in Australasia: Cultural Diplomacy and Chinese Arts since the Cold War. I knew James had published a book, but I didn’t know much about it until coming […]

Spotlight on the table of elements

We become familiar with the periodic table of elements in school. The shape and layout is instantly recognisable. How often though do we stop to think about what the table represents? Or its history? Dmitry Mendeleev organised the chemical elements into this structure 150 years ago. Now, Courtney Addison from the Centre for Science in […]

Pauline on tour

Dr Pauline Harris is our astronomy expert here at the Centre for Science in Society. Pauline’s research focuses on mātauranga Māori associated with Māori astronomy and Maramataka. Over the next couple of months Pauline will be giving talks around the country from Auckland to the Bluff on the Māori moon calendar called the Maramataka. We will […]

Cafe Scientifique – revived for 2019

Cafe Scientifique is a chance to hear about a scientist’s latest work and ask them questions for the price of a coffee or a glass of wine, taking science out of the academic setting. Our first Wellington Cafe Scientifique speaker for 2019 was Upulie Divisekera. We gathered at the Arborist in Wellington to hear Upulie […]

Publication Roundup

Since this blog was last updated, the staff and students at the Centre for Science and Society have been busy sharing their work. Courtney Addison and her colleagues wrote ‘Persuasive bodies: Testimonies of deep brain stimulation and Parkinson’s on YouTube’, published in Social Science and Medicine. Read it here. “In this paper, we examine amateur YouTube videos featuring […]

Rebecca Priestley honoured for outstanding leadership

  Associate Professor Rebecca Priestley from Victoria University of Wellington’s Science in Society group has been announced as a Companion by the Royal Society Te Apārangi recognising outstanding leadership or sustained contributions to promoting and advancing science, technology or the humanities in New Zealand. The award of Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand […]