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!

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Thursday 16th February, 7.30pm. It's all about proteins! A talk by Professor JULIET A. GERRARD FRSNZ, Principal Investigator, MacDiarmid Institute Chair of the Marsden Council,School of Biological Sciences and School of Chemical Sciences, University of Auckland. Venue: The Suter Gallery Theatre, 208 Bridge St, Nelson. This talk is brought to you in collaboration with the MacDiarmid Institute.

Most people think of proteins as simply a part of their diet. In this talk, we will look at these fascinating molecules from a new perspective. By understanding how biology folds up protein chains and assembles individual molecules into complex structures, we are learning to persuade them to assemble into new shapes to generate materials that are useful for many new applications. We will take a journey that begins inside the cell and ends in a range of exciting new prospects for biotechnology and nanotechnology.

A happy New Year to everyone. We are trying out the refurbished Suter Theatre for our first talk in collaboration with the McDiamid Institute on February 16th, which promises to be a good venue and seats 150. Glenda Lewis, the McDiarmid liaison person and I also decided not to use Eventbrite for ticketing because so many people were not turning up and others were missing out. So we suggest that if you are really keen to be at this talk that you turn up early to get seats.
Look out in the next few days for the dates of the first two Nelson Science Society talks.
Jenny Pollock
President NSS