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World Science Week: From the Big Bang to Tomorrow

World Science Week: From the Big Bang to Tomorrow

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  • Wed 27 Aug ’14, 7:00pm – 8:30pm


University of Auckland Grafton Campus, 85 Park Road, Grafton, Grafton


All Ages

AMRF Auditorium, Ground Floor
(Lecture Theatre 505-011, Building 505)
Main entrance, Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences
Grafton Campus, University of Auckland

85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland City
(opposite Auckland Hospital & entrance to Domain)

This is a free public event so please arrive early with your registration ticket to guarantee access to the event.
To gain access to the room you must arrive at the entrance by 6:45PM. There is no guarantee that you will have access to the room if you arrive after this time.

World Science Week: From the Big Bang to Tomorrow

Astronomy from Antarctica is the last great frontier for ground-based astronomy. The high Antarctic plateau contains the best observing sites on earth for optical, infrared, terahertz and sub-millimetre astronomy. Astronomical observations from the giant IceCube and other observatories in Antarctica is revealing echoes of the Big Bang and provides clues about the future of our planet.

IceCube is the world’s largest neutrino detector, constructed by drilling 86 holes in the ice and inserting 5,160 detectors that cover one cubic kilometre, starting 1,5km below the surface.

Prof. John Storey, Emeritus Professor of Physics at University of New South Wales

Prof. Jenni Adams, Associate Professor of Physics, Canterbury University
Prof. Lifan Wang, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Texas A&M University
Prof. Michael Ashley, Professor of Physics, University of New South Wales

More about World Science Week:

More than 2,000 of the world’s top scientists and researchers will be in Auckland, New Zealand, for an interrelated series of international science summits from 25 August through to 3 September 2014. These meetings are taking place in New Zealand for the first time.

The international science meetings include:

The 31st triennial General Assembly of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Established in 1931 and based in Paris, ICSU represents more than 121 national science academies and 31 scientific unions.

The 6th biennial Open Science Conference of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), an interdisciplinary committee of the International Council for Science. With more than 1500 attendees, it is by far the largest international gathering of Antarctic scientists.

World Science Week New Zealand is a series of free public lecture events featuring many of these scientists, which runs concurrently with the international meetings. Some of the world’s foremost experts will share their views and insights on the critical science debates of today.

World Science Week New Zealand is supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The public has a rare opportunity to hear directly from some of the world’s pre-eminent scientists during a series of public presentations in Auckland for World Science Week New Zealand.

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