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Women in Science - two evenings with Professor Cynthia Burek

  • 01 Feb 2017

We were thrilled to host Professor Cynthia Burek from Chester University and the Chair of Geoconservation in Dunedin in February. She hosted two talks over two evenings. 

The first talk was titled Public Perceptions of Famous Women in Science - What Do You Know? This talk explored the general public's perception of women in science and their knowledge base. So far over 1500 people have been questioned from mostly UK. Ireland, France, Spain, Germany and Italy. Does age, gender, location or education make a difference to what you know? We are anxious to widen the paradigm to see if it fits other societies. This is on-going research to provide evidence to encourage women in the STEM subjects to become more widely known.

The second talk was on Geodiversity and Geoconservation. This talk explored the recent developments in both geodiversity and geoconservation with special emphasis on geoparks following the recent UNESCO Geopark conference in Torbay England. It also looked at the history of geoconservation and future predictions. 

Thank you to the generosity of the Federation of Graduate Women who helped to make the two events possible.

The two events were well received and gained fantastic media exposure. 

Read the ODT article here

Listen to the Radio New Zealand interview here

Project Activate - a health programme initiative

Project Activate - a health programme initiative

  • 20 Sep 2017

Project Activate was a health initiative project as part of the 2016 New Zealand International Science Festival, in Dunedin, New Zealand, and made possible thanks to the governments' Unlocking Curious Minds initiative.

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South Dunedin Project - looking at the changing ground environment

South Dunedin Project - looking at the changing ground environment

  • 20 Sep 2017

In mid 2017 the New Zealand International Science Festival project managed an investigation into the ground water situation in South Dunedin, New Zealand. The aim of the project was to empower secondary school students and engage them together alongside scientists and professionals in a hands-on project where they could investigate the changing nature of the physical environment.

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Curious Minds project in South Dunedin a Success

Curious Minds project in South Dunedin a Success

  • 31 Aug 2017

Pupils from Bayfield and Kings High Schools recently presented their work to an engaged community audience. The event was final step in the Curious Minds project around investigating ground water and climate change in South Dunedin.

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The Science of Sport is Back!

The Science of Sport is Back!

  • 29 Aug 2017

In the build up to the Bledisole Cup test match this Saturday between the All Blacks and Australia over 120 teenagers to gained insight into the science behind high performance sport at a special lunch to be held. Hosted by the Science Festival with special guests Nic Gill, All Blacks secret weapon and head conditioning coach, alongside Fiona Watson and Joanna Horan, ANZ netball performance analysts, spoke and inspired the students.

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Core blimey! Water level a surprise

Core blimey! Water level a surprise

  • 14 Jul 2017

Pupils from Bayfield High School and King’s High School are digging deep to find what lies beneath the flood-prone grounds on which they study.

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