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October 30, 2013
The empowered energy consumer of the future – choice or confusion?
Nirmal Nair, Energy Theme Leader, Faculty of Engineering, University of Auckland

The traditional roles of energy producer and energy consumer are beginning to change worldwide.  “Smart Grid” technology, together with affordable energy generation and storage options, presents consumers with new opportunities to break their dependence on energy producers and distributors – but only if they can master the nuances of generation, storage, home energy management, electric vehicle charging, grid friendly device control, and so on.  Just what does the future look like for a choice empowered consumer?

Dr. Nirmal Nair, a power systems engineer by training, leads the Energy research theme at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Engineering and directs the Power Systems Group which contributes to research, advice and advocacy on New Zealand’s power systems and energy sustainability. His research interests include blackouts, electricity markets, smart grids, renewable energy integration and energy policy.

September 25, 2013
Noses, Buses and a Sailor's Foot – new ways to engage with Museum and Art Gallery collections
Simon Gould, curator
 
Staying relevant is no simple matter for museums, collections and galleries these days. Even a knockout collection displayed and interpreted with traditional methods doesn’t seem to cut it any more. But if the exhibition is filled with touchscreens and Twitter channels, it’s easy to ignore the objects themselves!  Just what sort of experience do we want to have when we visit a Museum, anyway?  Curator Simon Gould explores some exciting possibilities to make the objects, ideas and people that surround every collection more dynamic, participatory and relevant to new as well as existing audiences - just so long as the audience is willing to put a little work in...
 
Simon Gould has won several awards for his work at University College London, where he was Contemporary Projects Curator for UCL’s Museums and Collections between 2008-2011.  A natural fan of all things interdisciplinary, Simon helped to pioneer exciting new ways for the museums to reinterpret their collections, engage different audiences and generally to work in new and genuinely innovative ways.
 

August 28, 2013
Championing the Hauraki Gulf
Tim Higham, Manager, Hauraki Gulf Forum 

The productive waters and islands network of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park are surrounded by a catchment of 1 million people, creating conservation success stories and challenges for resource managers. Join Hauraki Gulf Forum manager Tim Higham to discuss the significance of the Hauraki Gulf and the need for better, more integrated management. Can we protect the ecological diversity of the gulf when it also holds NZ’s largest commercial port? Will restrictions on recreational activities and limits in the gulf prioritize economic interests over every day people? What kind of balance can we hope to achieve?


July 31, 2013

New Zealand at the Large Hadron Collider: What have we learned and where are we going?

The University of Auckland
Department of Physics

New Zealand is an active participant in the research at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, on the  world’s largest particle and nuclear physics experiments.   In 2010 the Large Hadron Collider began  its main physics programme of smashing together protons in search of new particles and forces in the universe. What do we know now about our universe that we did not know in the pre-LHC era?  What questions remain unanswered, and can we ever hope to answer them?   We will discuss Hadrons-to-Higgs particles, and Z bosons-to-Zeptospace.   The LHC is currently  in  Long Shutdown #1 until January 2015 for upgrades and maintenance of both the accelerator and the huge particle detectors. 


June 26, 2013

Waiter! There's nanotechnology in my soup!
with Dr Michelle Dickinson, Senior Lecturer
University of Auckland
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

Nanotechnology seems to be sneaking into everything around us.  We’re told it’s going to make the world a better place, but how much do we know about the use of nanotechnology in our day to day lives - should we be worried about the use of nanotechnology in our food, for instance?  Michelle will uncover some of the mystery behind this new science called nanotechnology, and how much of what sounds like science fiction may already be science fact.

Michelle Dickinson is a nanotechnologist who has recently moved from a consulting position in industry to the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Auckland.  Her work involves the use of nanotechnology in medical and technology research.   Michelle is also a science advisor for TV3 and a contributor to Green Ideas Magazine.  Her passion is to encourage environmentally sustainable living through engineering design – when she is not in her research lab you can catch her cycling around the city, or tending to her permaculture garden.


May 29, 2013
Expert Session: The Ascent of Everest 1953
Join Sarah Hillary and Peter Cammell in this expert session as they recognise and celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ascent of Everest by the 1953 British Team, and the lasting legacy left in Nepal by Sir Edmund Hillary.


Sarah Hillary, Principal Conservator at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki will share a personal perspective on her parents trip to Nepal in 1961.


April 24, 2013
When the going gets tough, should the tough get creative?!
Dr. Siouxsie Wiles
from UoA and Infectious Thoughts on SciBlogs
While the current NZ government have certainly been increased spending on scientific research, success rates here are still in the single digits for healthcare research. When funding gets this tight, the decision makers tend to back their winning horses – established scientists with large groups. These are the ‘silverbacks’ of the science world as they like to be known. So what should younger scientists do in times like this? Should they give up on their careers or try new ways of fund their research? Microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles explains why she thinks scientists should get creative!


March 27, 2013
Fat chance for a healthy weight: rethinking what it takes to stay in shape

Prof. Grant Schofield from AUT's Human Potential Centre
Despite understanding the causes and effects of being overweight, rates of obesity remain high and are higher than ever in children and young people. Isn’t it just as easy as eating better and increasing exercise? Why doesn’t what the experts say about healthy eating inspire us to change our habits? Is it possible that most of what we are telling people about health eating and weight loss is in fact harmful?  Let's walkabout what the science says and what that means for staying in good shape.



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