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 […]

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 […]

Come work with us!

There are exciting new science communication and tutoring opportunities in the Science in Society group, Victoria University of Wellington The Science in Society group at Victoria University of Wellington is seeking expressions of interest from experienced science communicators and / or tutors to work on a number of new projects, such as: working with Rebecca […]