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 […]

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 […]

New book for James Beattie

Associate Professor James Beattie is the latest addition to the Science in Society research group at Victoria University. Previously with the University of Associate Professor James Beattie Waikato, James is an environmental historian whose research focuses on the Asia-Pacific region and examines the nexus between environmental history, history of science, landscape and garden history, and health history. In […]

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 […]