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Festival Team

Director - Dan Hendra

Dan brings to the team over 13 years of experience in major events and festivals, specialising in high level execution and operations. His enthusiasm and zeal to promote science and education is only second to his want to continue the festival to be a significant event in the Dunedin calendar, and the best science event in New Zealand. Dan has managed events in a number of different industries, including music, arts and corporate, as well as a background in marketing and communications. 

Associate Director - Vanessa Barratt

Vanessa has worked on science festivals, events and communication in Australia, China and the UK. She studied zoology and worked with animals before switching to science communication in museums and botanic gardens. Vanessa has been working at the Sydney Science Festival for the past few years and is excited to bring her ideas and energy to Dunedin for the 2018 Festival. Vanessa is also studying postgraduate science communication at the University of Otago.

 

Patrons

His Worship, Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull

Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago, Professor Harlene Hayne

Dr Helen Anderson

(L to R: Dave Cull, Prof Harlene Hayne, Emeritus Prof George Peterson, Mike Harte)

Executive Committee

Ms Bridget Irving, President

Dr Angela Clark,  Vice President

Dr Michele Coleman

Professor Nancy Longnecker

Mrs Wai Piggott, Treasurer

Dame Elizabeth Hanan

Councillor Jim O'Malley

Professor Richard Barker

Dr David McMorran

Mike Harte

Dr Peter Jones

Dr Judith Bateup

Professor Vernon K. Ward

 

 

Life Members

Dame Elizabeth Hanan

Professor Jean Fleming

Wai Piggott

Mike Harte

Emeritus Professor George Petersen