Kiwi ex-pat Professor Terence Collins, the Teresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry and the Director of the Institute for Green Science (IGS) at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, will offer festival goers his insights into advancing sustainability.
As the first scientist to teach a course in green chemistry in 1992, Terry Collins has worked tirelessly to teach new generations of scientists ways to develop chemical products and processes that are compatible with a sustainable future. In his own research, he also invented the first full-functional small molecule replicas of any of the great families of oxidizing enzymes that nature deploys to run aerobic life. Collins’ “TAML Activators” are less than 1% the size of the enzymes they mimic and even outperform.
Born and raised in Auckland, Collins will explore how we can think better about using science and technology to advance civilization in the here and now without also dooming the future. His visit is supported by the University of Otago, Division of Sciences.
"Science and technology have given us unprecedented powers to shape the world to our liking. But in the exercise of our new powers, sustainability challenges have arrived to mock our understanding of their real value and to assert that they entail no less than life-or-death sovereignty over all living things.”