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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Tuesday May 2nd, 7.30. Talk: "Some engineering aspects of the Kaikoura Earthquake" by Mark Foley (abstract to come).  Venue: NMIT Room A211. GOLD COIN DONATION NON-NSS MEMBERS.

Friday, May 5, 7:00 pm. Star Party. Cawthron Atkinson Observatory which is on the grounds of the Clifton Terrace School. All welcome. Gold coin donation for EVERYONE please.

Wednesday June 7th 5.30 pm.  TALK: Dr Bruno Lemke - "The global consequences of increased heat stress due to climate change". Venue: The Suter Lecture theater.

This lecture is part of the Royal Society Te Apārangi 150th Anniversary series. Professor Richard Bedford, the President of Royal Society Te Apārangi , will also give a brief talk and show a short video of highlights of the last 150 years. 

Information of whether you will need to book for this event or not will follow soon.