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Innovations In Science

Innovations In Science

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  • Thu 8 Nov ’18, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Tue 13 Nov ’18, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Tue 20 Nov ’18, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Thu 29 Nov ’18, 6:00pm – 7:30pm


Palmerston North Central Library, 4 The Square, Palmerston North


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Our brand new innovations in science series explores research and breakthroughs being made right here in the Manawatu.

The series will be presented in a variety of formats including lectures and less formal discussions. Innovations in Science is proudly presented by Palmerston North City Council, The Massey University School of Engineering, The Royal Society Te Aparangi and Forest and Bird.

8 November
Nature Calls
Join Melaina from Palmerston North City Council as she discusses the best practical options (BPO) for the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Each year some 12.9 billion litres of wastewater from the city is collected by a network of pipes and delivered to the main treatment plant in Totara Road. Here the sludge is removed before the resulting effluent is passed through lagoons for further treatment and then discharged to the Manawatu River.
Palmerston North must address the current system of waste water management.

The solution must be future proofed and environmentally friendly. The project will require the largest investment of rate payer funds over the next decade of any project the Council plans to undertake. With many options and innovations to consider what will be the right solution for Palmerston North?

13 November
Every Bird in New Zealand
Paul Gibson will present this illustrated talk where he will discuss his work to photograph and document every bird in New Zealand.

Proudly presented by Forest and Bird.

Whanganui-based photographer Paul Gibson has a love for the outdoors and the beauty found in nature. Paul's work has seen him travel the length of our country and to the Sub-Antarctic Islands. Paul has published six books. The last, Birds New Zealand - Beauty Like No Other, has sold several thousand copies.

It comprises 300 pages that take you on a journey full of colour and living imagery showcasing the beauty and variety of New Zealand’s birds. From the huge albatross of the southern ocean to the tiny rifleman of New Zealand’s bush, 210 birds are illustrated and described. A further 40 pages cover a range of topics from feathers and flocking to photography and locations.

20 November
Cafe Scientifique
The Royal Society Te Aparangi, Manawatu Branch presents an evening of science discussion, good company and good food.

Five presenters will give brief 10 minute presentations on their areas of research. They will cover a diverse range of subjects followed by discussion and a shared supper.

All presenters are contributors to the latest edition of Plains Science Vol. 3.
Presenters and topics are: Vince Neall - The geological origin of the Manawatu Gorge, Hugh Blair - The Perendale sheep story, Robert Norris – Spreadable Butter, Kathryn Stowell – Malignant Hyperthermia and Jill Rapson – Two endemic plants of the Manawatu dunes.

29 November
Solving Problems
Students present innovations from their year's work.

Proudly presented by The Massey University School of Engineering and Advanced Technology.
The School of Engineering and Advanced Technology is committed to bringing our capability to the world. Staff, researchers and students are making food production more efficient, ensuring disaster relief teams are effectively managed, and enabling remote areas to be wirelessly connected.

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