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: Statins and heart disease:


Wednesday 28th September, 6.00pm. Big Steps Forward: Osteoporosis and bone disease. A talk by: Professor Ian Reid MD FRSNZ. 2016 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture. Venue: Annesbrook Church, 40 Saxton Road West, Stoke.

This talk is free and is open to the general public. However, to ensure a seat, please register at Enquiries to: or 04 472 7421

Keeping bones strong over a lifetime is a longstanding challenge for medical health research and treatment. Distinguished Professor Ian Reid’s research career has lasted over 30 years and led to discoveries and new treatments that can improve bone health. In this talk, he will discuss the impact and treatment of bone diseases, including osteoporosis and Paget’s disease.

Ian Reid is a Distinguished Professor in Medicine at the University of Auckland, where he is Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. His research interests include calcium metabolism and osteoporosis. He is a past-president of the International Bone and Mineral Society and a recipient of the Bartter Award award from the American Society of Bone & Mineral Research and the Haddad Award from the European Calcified Tissue Society. His research is supported by the Health Research Council of New Zealand. In 2015 he was awarded the Liley Medal and the 2015 Rutherford Medal and together with his research group received the 2015 Prime Minister’s Science Prize.

Tuesday 11th October, 7.30pm.  A talk by Prof. Michael Plank of the
School of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Canterbury. Venue: NMIT, Room A211. It is on the 1st floor of building A (level 2), accessible through the car park in Alton Street. Go up the
stairs and halfway around the building. Gold coin donation for non-NSS members.

Tuesday 18th October, 7.30pm.
Prof. Tord Kjellstrom, Ruby Coast Research Centre
and ANU,  will speak on "New developments in climate change impact
Venue: NMIT Room A211.
Gold coin donation for non-NSS members.

The continuing research by the Ruby Coast Research Centre on climate change impacts on work life and the social and economic consequences has made major progress in the last 12 months. The ongoing increasing heat levels in many hot parts of the world have been analyzed and mapped, and the continuing trends according to different climate models and IPCC pathways have been projected.
For example, our analysis shows that in India currently 2% of annual daylight hours are lost due to excessive heat for a person carrying out moderate labour, and this will increase by 2085 to 4.3, 7, 8, or 14% if global temperature increase goes to 1.5C, 2C, 2.7C or 4C. The impacts on daily activities and work are likely to become major problems for millions of people, and only some parts of
the heat problems can be overcome with air conditioning. Our research has created significant media coverage, and hopefully the national policies in high greenhouse gas emission countries will be influenced, as the policies presented at last years' global meeting in Paris are not enough. Additional GHG emission reductions will be needed.

Professor Kjellstrom has a Doctor of Medicine and Mechanical Engineering degrees from Stockholm, Sweden. He has been a researcher and academic teacher, primarily in the environmental and occupational epidemiology fields,in universities in Sweden, New Zealand, Australia and the UK since 1970. He also worked as Director of the Office ofGlobal and Integrated Environmental Health at WHO 1994-1997.