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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Science in Society recognised for excellence in teaching

Breaking the mould yet again, Rebecca Priestley and Rhian Salmon were joint winners of the Early Career Teaching Excellence Award, an honour that is usually awarded to a single recipient. Rhian and Rebecca, who co-lead the Science in Society group, have, since they started working together in 2013, developed a suite of courses, including an undergraduate minor […]

NZ must be global leaders in climate change

Professor James Renwick and Dr Rhian Salmon will be expanding on the themes of this article in ‘Climate change: What’s coming our way?’, 11.30am–12.30pm, Thursday 15 February, Lecture Theatre 2, Government Buildings, Pipitea Campus, 55 Lambton Quay, as part of Victoria University of Wellington’s free Spotlight Lecture Series. Register here. Newsroom 13 February 2018 The […]

Imagining alternative futures | new book from Tim Corballis

Our Future is in the Air is the latest novel by Wellington author and Science in Society lecturer Dr Tim Corballis. The novel explores an alternative history of the 1970s, triggered by time-travel technology.  Lorraine Taylor talked to Tim about about his new book, his work and the ability of science fiction to ask the […]

Welcome back to Café Scientifique

After a year’s break the Wellington meeting of Café Scientifique has started with two successful events in July and August. Jesse Bering, a Dunedin based American evolutionary psychologist, in Wellington to talk to students of CREW352: Creative Science Writing, packed out VK’s Comedy Bar in Dixon Street with his favourite research topics: sex, death and […]

Dispatches from 2016

It’s July! Over half way through 2016, and it’s been a busy time.  Rebecca has launched a new book Dispatches from Continent Seven and Rhian has grown her engagement team for the Deep South National Science Challenge. BOOK LAUNCH Rebecca’s new book Dispatches from Continent Seven: An Anthology of Antarctic Science was launched in March […]