A very cold classroom

In Norway, they say there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Back home in New Zealand, I wouldn’t tolerate giving a lecture in minus 8 degrees C – or minus 17 if you take the windchill into account. But down here at Scott Base, that’s just fine, because I’m dressed for the […]

Antarctica online

Rhian and I have been pre-recording lectures for our online courses for three years now. Our online courses are asynchronous, which means that students can watch the lectures when and where it suits them – they just need to complete the assignments that are due at the end of each module. Some of our lectures […]

Citizen science, outreach, history of science communication: we’re looking for summer scholars!

Applications for Victoria University of Wellington summer scholarships are open! Summer scholarships offer students (third year or above) $6000 along with valuable research experience for projects running over the summer. Information on how to apply is here – applications are due on 1 October. Here are the projects we’re involved in this year. Please contact […]

History of science in New Zealand, 2015 conference

Where: Victoria University of Wellington When: 23-24 November, 2015 2015 is a significant year for New Zealand science history: it is 150years since James Hector arrived in Wellington to set up many of our national science organisations; and 100 years since Ernest Marsden arrived in Wellington to join Victoria College. In 1865 Hector was appointed […]

“The secrets of life, the universe and everything”

Earlier this year (March 2014) Rebecca chaired An evening with Marcus Chown, one of the New Zealand Listener Late Sessions at the NZ Festival. The event promotion promised Marcus would reveal the “secrets of life, the universe and everything – in just one hour”. A tall order! Marcus was great – an astrophysicist, writer of […]