Previous speakers (2016)

We were fortunate to attract a high calibre group of speakers who covered a broad range of subjects during the course of 2016.

These included:

Wednesday 10th February. 7.30pm. Citizen Science. A talk by Dr.
Monica Peters (University of Waikato, and past National Wetlands Trust Trustee). Lecture theatre T309, NMIT , which is in the Hospitality & Wellbeing block

Thursday 3rd March. 7.30pm. Astronomy Section monthly meeting. Giant Comets, a talk by Dr Duncan Steel, MSc, PhD, FRAS,  - physicist, writer, broadcaster and space scientist. Seminar Room, Cawthron Institute, Milton St.

Tuesday March 8th 7.30pm.The Missing Malaysian Airliner MH370: An Exercise in Applied Science. A talk by Dr Duncan Steel, Visiting Professor of Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham (England). Room A211, NMIT.

Saturday, March 26th, 7.30pm. Gravitational waves, a talk by Bob Naeye. NMIT Room A211.Free for members, gold coin donation all others.

Wednesday, 6th April, 7.30pm. Soil erosion and measuring sediment run off into New Zealand rivers, a talk by Dr. Max Gibbs of the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research Ltd.NMIT Room A211.Free for members, gold coin donation all others.

Thursday, 7th April, 7.30pm. Astronomy Section presentation - 'Most Luminous' supernova discovery, a talk by Brent Nicholls.The meeting will be held in the Milton Room at the Cawthron at the corner of Milton and Halifax streets in Nelson. All welcome, $2 entry for non-NSS members.

Tuesday, 12th April. 7.30pm. Aquaculture, a talk by Dr. Mark Burdass. NMIT Room A211.Free for members, gold coin donation all others

Thursday, 14 April, 6pm. The Sacred Disease, a talk by Laureate Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO, the 2016 Royal Society of New Zealand Distinguished Speaker. Maitai Room, Rutherford Hotel, Nile Street, Nelson.

Monday May 2nd, 7.30pm. Ignimbrite: ‘rock’ of the central North Island and the global volcanic phenomenon of pyroclastic flows. Adrian Pittari, President of the Geological Society of New Zealand.

Thursday May 5th, 7.30pm. Astronomy section meeting.  Simon Crase, President of the Nelson Science Society, will talk about 'Free computer imaging tools and courses for amateur astronomers'.

Tuesday, May 17th, 7.30pm.Leanne Pressman, CEO of the Ministry of Inspiration, NMIT, Room A211.

Tuesday May 31st , 7.30pm :  Philip Simpson will talk on “The Natural History of Abel Tasman National Park”. NMIT, Room A211.

Thursday June 2nd 7:30pm. Astro Section Monthly Meeting, Cawthron Seminar Room, Milton Street.Talk: Light Pollution - Lets Get Rid of it. Ralph Bradley.

Tuesday June 7th, 7.30pm. Dr. Bruno Lemke will talk on: Diabesity – a major NZ health issue …. and it’s getting much worse. Note - different venue:  T309, the "Health and Wellbeing" block, NMIT. Free for NSS members, gold coin donation for all others.

Tueday 5th July, 7.30pm. Eric Verstappen from Tasman District Council.The effects of sea level rise/surges on our local geomorphology. Room A211 of NMIT, off Alton Street. Free to NSS members, gold coin donation all other.

Wednesday, 13th July at 7:30 PM. Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lecture: Dr. Mike Person, will talk on 'The Science of Pluto'. NEW VENUE: Elim Church Nelson - 625 Main Road Stoke, Nelson, 7011.

Thursday 11th August, 7.30pm. Royal Society Hamilton Memorial Prize recipient Dr. Valerie Soo, State College, Pennsylvania will talk on  Possible origins of antibiotic resistance: a biochemistry perspective. 

Thursday September 8th, 7.30pm.  Ten Things you didn't know about climate change. Professors Tim Naish and James Renwick. Royal Society Ten by Ten lecture. For tickets you MUST register via Eventbrite.Elim Church Nelson - 625 Main Road Stoke, Nelson, 7011.

Tuesday 13th September, 6pm. A Materials History of the World,  a presentation by Dr Penny Brothers (Principal Investigator with the MacDiarmid Institute and Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Auckland) and Dr Vladimir Golovko (Associate Investigator with the MacDiarmid Institute and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Chemistry).

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.

Tuesday 11th October 7.30pm , Prof. Michael Plank of the School of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Canterbury: "Smaller fish to fry: the role of mathematics in landing the right catch"

Tuesday 18th October, 7.30pm. Prof. Tord Kjellstrom, Ruby Coast Research Centre
and ANU,  will speak on "New developments in climate change impact
assessment". Venue: NMIT Room A211.