Robots Under Antarctica’s Ice..and One Day in Space? – Dunedin – 21 August 2018

What

Robotic Vehicles Under Antarctica’s Ice… and One Day in Space?

In 2021 NASA will launch the Europa Clipper mission to explore Jupiter’s moon, Europa. One of the most enticing targets in the search for life beyond Earth, Europa’s icy outer shell hides a global ocean, powered by immense tides. If its interior is active today, this ocean may provide the energy to help sustain a biosphere.

In this talk Dr Britney Schmidt from the Georgia Institute of Technology will outline how researchers are using the autonomous underwater vehicle Icefin, to explore the harsh environments beneath the Antarctic ice shelves as a test bed for developing vehicles that may one day explore below the surface of Europa.

Come and hear about our own cosmic backyard. In partnership with the University of Otago and Antarctica New Zealand, learn about the exciting Ross Ice Shelf Programme and how it’s using this new robotic capability to better understand both climate and planetary science.

When and Where

5:30pm
Tuesday 21 August 2018

Hutton Theatre
Otago Museum
419 Great King St
Dunedin

How Much

Free

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Talk page at Otago Museum website
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Code Craft Dunedin: August Meetup – Dunedin – 7 August 2018

What

We are a group of people interested in software development, learning and getting together. The group consists of members of the local IT development and educational community.

The August meeting will be held at the Polytech and we currently have two speakers lined up:

Matt Kraemer: A crash course introduction to machine learning

Matt works with AI and machine learning on a day to day basis and is going to introduce some of the tools and techniques to the group. There has been a lot of interest in these topics within the group so please let anyone you think may be interested know about Matt’s talk.

Thomi Richards: Zapier: What we do, what I do specifically, and how we hire people. Thomi has recently moved virtual companies… something I think is only going to become more common in the IT field and it will be interesting to hear from him on his experiences working for a completely remote organisation.

When and Where

5:30pm to 7pm
Tuesday 7 August 2018

D102
D Block
Otago Polytechnic
Forth Street
Dunedin

How Much

Free

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Meetup page for the event
Code Craft Dunedin Meetup Page

2018 Rutherford Lecture: Life and Times of Supervolcanoes – Dunedin – 26 July 2018

2018 Rutherford Lecture : Photo of Mt Ruapehu 1995 eruption

What

2018 NZ Rutherford Lecture
The Life and Times of Supervolcanoes

There is no denying that as New Zealand sits astride the Indo-Australian and Pacific tectonic plates our land is subject to tremendous natural forces. We may commonly experience this as a gentle but sometimes a severe shuddering of earthquakes. Yet with Aotearoa dotted with cones and calderas, Kiwis should also keep in mind that the Taupō Eruption was actually the world’s most violent volcanic eruption in the last 5000 years!

Colin Wilson has gathered many accolades for studying volcanoes, and in particular, those giant examples known as supervolcanoes. He likens his work to that of a crime scene investigator, where he travels the world piecing together the dual puzzle of why such cataclysmic explosions occur and why they are joined by much smaller eruptions. He aims to forecast volcanic phenomena with enough warning so that communities can respond. But although Colin is digging deep in the Earth’s crust to find the triggering mechanisms, volcanic systems are not letting their secrets go easily…

Royal Society Te Apārangi is proud to partner with GNS Science, EQC and Victoria University of Wellington in presenting the 2018 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture. Strong support from these organisations comes from the belief that New Zealanders will greatly benefit both from learning about and gaining a better awareness of this ‘sleeping’ giant in our midst. From late July to early September, Professor Wilson will head to 22 towns and cities to explain the nature of supervolcanoes, the ways in which such volcanoes operate and can be studied, and whether the next eruption is still likely to take us by surprise.

About the speaker

Professor Colin Wilson FRS FRSNZ, Victoria University of Wellington

In 2017, geologist Professor Colin Wilson was awarded Royal Society Te Apārangi’s highest honour, the Rutherford Medal, for his research into understanding large, explosive supervolcanoes and the dangers they pose. Yet although significant eruptions are still rare, threats from volcanic activity are considered a very serious natural hazard for Aotearoa New Zealand.

The 2018 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture is proudly presented by Royal Society Te Apārangi in partnership with GNS Science, EQC and Victoria University of Wellington.

When and Where

Thursday 26 July, 2018
5:30pm – 6:30pm

Otago Museum Hutton Theatre 416 Great King Street, Dunedin, Otago 9016

How Much

Free.
You are welcome to turn up on the day, however, due to their expected popularity, to guarantee your seat(s) please register here.

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Press release: 2018 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture: It’s a super tour!

The Life and Times of Supervolcanoes | Dunedin

The 2018 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture is proudly presented by Royal Society Te Apārangi in partnership with GNS Science, EQC and Victoria University of Wellington.

New Zealand International Science Festival – Dunedin – 6-15 July 2018

What

The New Zealand International Science Festival is here with over 230 events, 24 venues and over 20 national and international guests heading to Dunedin to celebrate all things science

“We’re extremely excited to be bringing some of the world’s top experts in a range of fields to Dunedin to take part in this year’s Festival,” says New Zealand International Science Festival Director Dan Hendra. “We’ll be offering Festival goers a diverse, fun-fuelled, inspiring lineup of events – from hands-on workshops for kids and families to talks and seminars aimed at sharing the very latest from the world of science. This is your opportunity to ‘go beyond’, build knowledge and have a whole lot of fun.”

When and Where

6-15 July 2018

Various venues around Dunedin

How Much

Various. Many events are free

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Main Website
Programme Page

Dunedin Open Data Meetup – Dunedin – 18 June 2018

Come In. We're OPEN.

What

This inaugural Dunedin Open Data Meetup will set the scene of where we are at with open data, in the process working on answering the following questions:

  • What does it take for data to be considered “open”
  • Why try to make data open?
  • So, New Zealand has signed up to the International Open Data Charter, so what?
  • Why is this important?
  • What is the “Open Data Programme” doing?
  • What does it mean for me?
  • How can I or my organisation contribute?
  • What barriers that Governmental agencies have to overcome in order to open up their data

Networking and nibbles:

This is also a great opportunity to establish connections and grow your networks over some tasty snacks and refreshments. This will be hosted off the back of Data Visulisation Training Session 1 for those that are also registered for this event.

Keep an eye out on our Twitter @opendatanz for more information on joining this event.

 

When and Where

6pm – 7:30pm
Monday June 18 2018

Computer Science Department,
Owheo Building
133 Union Street East
Dunedin

How Much

Free

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Meetup Page for the Event

The Star Regent 24 Hour Book Sale – Dunedin – 8-9 June 2018

What

From midday on Friday 8th June until midday Saturday 9th June, tens of thousands of books – over half of them just $1 – will be on sale for book lovers and bargain hunters everywhere.

We are proud to play host to this much anticipated iconic event; reputedly the largest book sale in the Southern Hemisphere!

You are invited to come along – more than once even – as books in your favourite categories are replenished regularly throughout the sale by our ever energetic volunteers, and live music will be featured throughout to provide additional enjoyment.

You will find books for all tastes: from thrillers to humour to child-rearing. If there’s a topic, we will have a book on it.

When and Where

Start: Noon Friday 8th June
Finish: Noon Saturday 9th June 2018

Regent Theatre,
17 The Octagon,
Dunedin, Otago

How Much

Free Entry

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Dunedin Model Train Show 2018 – Dunedin – 12-13 May 2018

What

The Dunedin Model Train Show this year is being held at our new venue, the Taieri Bowling Club at 12 Wickliffe Street, Mosgiel for a day’s entertainment where there will be a number of layouts on display filling the venue.

Entry fees are below, unless the child is so small we can’t see them over the entry table!

There will be more LEGO this year, and a double Thomas the Tank Engine layouts that children of all ages can play/operate.

The show also has a number of traders with model railway items for sale that you have the opportunity to purchase, along with raffle tickets.

Where and When

Taieri Bowling Club, 12 Wickliffe Street, Mosgiel, Dunedin, Otago
Sat 12 May 9:30am – 4:30pm
Sun 13 May 9:30am – 4:00pm

How Much

Adults $8
Children under 14: $1
Family – Two Adults and up to three children: $15.00

 

More

Eventfinda Page

State of the (Maker) Nation – Dunedin – 21 May 2018

What

Short updates focused on makerspaces in schools, libraries and the community. Experts in each field will give a summary of what is happening now and in the foreseeable future in their respective areas, followed by a round of lightning pitches by groups in the Maker community.

When and Where

Monday 21 May 2018 6pm-8pm
Dunedin (location to be confirmed)

How much

$10

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Event Page
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