Outreach

AMN8 Outreach

680 secondary school students came along to hear and be inspired by David Leigh in Christchurch. Professor Leigh also appeared on RadioNZ and was featured in an article about molecular machines by TheSpinoff. An enthusiastic crowd of 200 people turned up to listen to Henry Snaith and Justin Hodgkiss at the Royal Society in Wanaka. […]

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Diversity of Perspective and Activities Following a Shared Vision

On Thursday last week at Hiruharama Marae, Whanganui River we formalised a partnership with the Ngā Hononga (Charitable) Marae Trust. The Trust, like us are working to build something more by utilising people’s collective efforts. They recognise the value and importance of education, participation and science in first imagining and then delivering a sustainable future […]

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Sep
30

It’s getting easier to be green

Organised by Victoria University and the MacDiarmid Institute, the A Place to Live conference honours the memory of Whanganui’s Sir Paul Callaghan, the 2011 New Zealander of the Year, focusing on the economies and environments of small towns and regions. Source: The Wanganui Chronicle Story by Nicola Young. It’s getting easier to be green

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Aug
12

Pounamu : Exploring a science savvy New Zealand in 2023

Media Release Monday August 12 – Media Release: Pounamu: exploring a science savvy New Zealand in 2023 Date: August 29 12.00pm – August 30 12.00pm Location: Anywhere with an internet connection Issued by: The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, StratEDGY Strategic Foresight Mātini māmano ka rapa te whai By many, by thousands, the work (project) will be […]

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Jul
12

Opening Young Eyes to a New Perspective on Colour

Like these kids, I was taught in art class that the primary colours are red, blue, and yellow and we can mix them to come up with any colour of the rainbow. So the kids were surprised to discover that mixing full-strength blue and yellow light produces bright white.  It isn’t easy for the little […]

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May
25

Sparking a Passion for Science in the Young

At the launch of Chiasma (Wellington, 29 March 2012), I had met Susan Weekes from Future In Tech which is an initiative of IPENZ Engineers New Zealand (now Engineering New Zealand) to address the serious shortage of scientifically educated people in New Zealand. Susan’s job links students, teachers and career advisors with scientists and engineers. At […]

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May
07

Sir Paul Callaghan’s Work Continues

A JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT BY PARTNERS IN THE TRANSIT OF VENUS PROJECT: The MacDiarmid Institute, the Royal Society of New Zealand, Victoria University of Wellington, and Te Aitanga a Hauiti and the people of Tolaga Bay. http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/events/2012-transit-of-venus-forum-lifting-our-horizon/ The Transit of Venus forum was founded by Professor Sir Paul Callaghan, who passed away in March this year. […]

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Apr
26

REGISTER NOW For the Transit of Venus Forum

Before Sir Paul Callaghan died, Sir Peter Gluckman talked to him about his objectives for the Forum, and he is now working with Sir Paul’s colleagues and partners in the project – Charles Daugherty, Bill Manhire, Lydia Wevers, Di McCarthy, David Bibby, Kate McGrath, and Shaun Hendy.  Sir Peter will chair the session on science […]

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Jan
01

The MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year Awards

About the Awards The MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year Awards are presented annually by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology to celebrate the achievements of the country’s top emerging researchers and scientists and raise the profile of science nationally. The MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year Awards, in association with principal sponsor Fisher […]

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Jan
01

MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year

Congratulations to Simon Rogers and Conrad Lendrum who were recognised in the prestigious MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year Awards. There was really tough competition as always and their success recognises their ability not only in science quality but in science communication as well. Without wishing to detract from the achievements of all the awardees, […]

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Jan
01

Asian Science Camp 2009

The MacDiarmid Institute sponsored two students to attend the Asian Science Camp held in Tsukuba in August this year, they are Georgia Stewart, Wellington East Girls’ College and Hugh McHugh, Lindisfarne College, Hawkes Bay. I spent a week attending lectures given by Nobel laureates on subjects as diverse as ‘astronomical telescopes’ and ‘symmetry in physics,’ […]

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Jan
01

Awhina Cybrospace Porirua Community Outreach

Elf Eldrige represented the MacDiarmid Institute at the Awhina Cybrospace Porirua Community Outreach on 27 August at Te Rauparaha Arena. 1040 pupils attended the event, with the chemistry and physics presentations being among the favourites.

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Jan
01

Top Teachers

A meeting, supported by the MacDiarmid Institute, was held on 18 May at Victoria University for students interested in teaching careers. There were 60 participants. The event opened with an address by Paul Callaghan and was lead by Howard Lukefahr.

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