KO WAI MĀTOU?

The Centre for Science in Society – Te Pūtahi Pūtaiao ki te Pāpori, started small, in 2013, with just two academic staff. We are now proud to have eleven amazing academics in our Centre as well as a Centre Manager and (currently interim) Director. Our disciplinary expertise varies widely, including Science and Technology Studies (STS), […]

Celebrating our science in society postgraduate taught students

Our fourth cohort of postgraduate students in the Science in Society programme recently celebrated their graduation. This brings the total number of students who have completed our postgraduate taught programmes to 35: 30 have graduated with a Master of Science in Society (MScSoc), two have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Society, and three […]

Updated call: Master’s scholarship: Communicating climate change through tree planting projects

Updated: 15 February 2021 This project is for two Master’s students – one design orientated, one science or science communication orientated – to work together on a project with a focus on communicating about tree planting schemes as a climate mitigation tool.  We originally shared this project in December 2020 and we have filled the […]

Discovery scholarship programme – MacDiarmid Institute

Kia Ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Mālō nī,Talofa lava, Tēnā koutou katoa ki ngā motu o Te Moana nui a Kiwa and warm welcome to you all. The MacDiarmid Institute is delighted to announce its inaugural Discovery Scholarship Programme, for Māori and Pasifika students in science. This […]

Cafe scientifique september

We started spring with a Cafe Scientifique. Genetic modification and gene editing for invasive wasp control Phil Lester is a Professor of Ecology and Entomology at Victoria University of Wellington where his research is in population dynamics and ecology of social insects. Invasive ants and social wasps in the Pacific region is a particular focus. […]

Sustainability Week & Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Kia kaha Te Reo Māori – Tōitu te Ao Let’s make the Māori language strong and the world sustainable. Our staff at Pūtaiao ki te Pāpori, the Centre for Science in Society, are involved in several events in Sustainability Week and Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week, which are happily coinciding in […]

Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica

Rebecca Priestley, the director of the Centre for Science in Society, has written a book on her experiences in Antarctica. Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica goes on sale on 12 September 2019 at a good book shop near you. There will be events associated with the celebration of the release of the book. Watch this […]

Blog-cast Podcasts

Two of our Centre for Science in Society team were on podcasts recently. Nayan Sheoran Appleton is featured on the Human Show. Rebecca Priestley on Radio New Zealand with Kim Hill interviewing Rebecca, Anne Noble, Huhana Smith, and Siouxsie Wiles. Click here to listen to Nayan’s podcast. From the Human Show podcast: “Nayantara engages us […]

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 […]