Upcoming science lectures around the country

Has your worldbuilding run out of steam? Are you looking for some new ideas, or ways of looking at the world, to turn into plots? The Royal Society of New Zealand is hosting several series of lectures in upcoming months on everything from geometry to surgical robotics.

Dr Catherine Mohr on surgical robotics and disruptive technologies

Visiting Hood Fellow, Dr Catherine Mohr, will present a talk in Auckland during her visit to New Zealand in October.

Lecture: The rise of the bots: robots, surgeons and disruptive technology, 22 October, Auckland

Surgery has been changing rapidly in the last 10 years with the advent of surgical robots and the increase in minimally invasive surgical techniques. Dr Catherine Mohr will talk about these changes in surgical practice, the technologies that underlie them, and what we might see in the future as new technologies such as earlier diagnostics, advanced imaging and regenerative medicine bring disruptive changes to healthcare around the world.  This talk is for a general audience.

Details: 6.30pm Wednesday 22 October, Fisher and Paykel Appliances Auditorium, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road. Register on Eventbrite.

The following Royal Society Ten by Ten lectures are livestreamed and available to view after the event, so if you miss out on attending the lecture itself by dint of being in the wrong city or the wrong time, you’re in luck!

Ten by Ten talks celebrating 20 years of the Marsden Fund

The next two Ten by Ten talks will be livestreamed.

THIS WEEK: Dr Dillon Mayhew: Geometry in the computer age
Christchurch and Livestreamed | 6pm Wednesday 22 October | The Grange Theatre
In this non-technical talk, Dr Dillon Mayhew (Victoria University of Wellington) will cover the history of geometry from classical to modern, and also touch on some of the reasons why we should care about geometry in the computer age.

Register for Christchurch  | Follow i-Film NZ Science for livestream notification

Professor Ken McNatty FRSNZ: What makes a good egg?
Palmerston North and Livestreamed | 7.30pm Thursday 6 November | Central Library, 4 The Square, Palmerston North
Professor Ken McNatty is a reproductive biologist whose research in a sheep who kept having triplets has led to advances in human fertility and may lead to ways to limit reproduction in mammalian pests such as wild deer, wild dogs or even possums.

Register for Palmerston North | Follow i-Film NZ Science for livestream notification

All talks are free and open to the general public.

To ensure a seat, please register to obtain a ticket. Click the links above, or contact us. Enquiries: 04 472 7421 or [email protected].

Watch a livestream of a previous lecture:

Associate Professor Antonia Lyons: Flaunting it on Facebook
Associate Professor Antonia Lyons (Massey University) tells the story of how new technologies are being used by young people in their drinking practices and cultures.

Watch Flaunting it on Facebook livestream.

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