The Nelson Science Society

Welcome to the webpage of the Nelson Science Society (NSS) and its constituent, the Astronomy Section. The NSS is a branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand and exists to promote science within the Nelson/Tasman region - we do this by holding regular scientific talks from a variety of experts throughout the year and by promoting science education in schools and colleges.

The Astronomy section is run as an independent constituent of the NSS and maintains its own program of events (see Astronomy Section pages for full details and newsletter). Please bookmark this website to see details of all upcoming events sponsored by the NSS and its Astronomy section (and other events of interest), and to see details of past activities etc. 

As of July 2016 we have over 150 paid up members and a mailing contact list of over 500. If you have any interest in science either give us your e-mail address so we can send you details of our events or join our growing society. Science is alive and well in Nelson!

SCIENCE STORY OF THE WEEK: Obesity gene no barrier to weight loss:


Tuesday 1st of November, 7.30pm.  Phil Lester, an eminent biologist at Victoria University, who is leading a National Biological Heritage Challenge-funded research project to investigate various ways of eliminating wasps. Venue: NMIT A211, gold coin donation non members.

The team is investigating a number of methods for reducing or eliminating them, and most rely on the very latest gene technologies.  They hope to use wasps as a model for tackling other pests. One method is gene silencing, that is stopping the expression of particular genes and thus interfering with an essential physiological process, like skeleton building. Another possible technique arising from DNA analysis is to nurture, and introduce into the wild, large populations of wasps with mutations in their mitochondrial DNA, which might render their progeny sterile.  This is called the Trojan female technique.