13 March, 2020
Dr. Dan Hikuroa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato-Tainui) - Senior Lecturer, Wānanga o Waipapa, at the University of Auckland - will be a plenary speaker at the 10th International Conference on Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology (AMN10).
Dr. Hikuroa undertakes his research in an Earth Systems/Environmental Humanities framing and is an established world expert on weaving indigenous knowledge and science to realise the dreams and aspirations of the communities he works with.
He is currently Co-Deputy Director Engagement at Te Pūnaha Matatini, from 2011 to 2016 he was the Research Director at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence and is a member of Ngā Kaihautū Tikanga Taiao, Statutory Māori Advisory Board to the Environmental Protection Authority, Watercare (New Zealand’s largest water and wastewater company) & Pāmu (NZ Government farms) Environmental Reference Group and Pūniu River Care Board.
Dr. Hikuroa has been spearheading alternative ways of assessing sustainability, including weaving indigenous knowledge and epistemologies into legislation, assessment frameworks and decision-support tools and assisted the Ministry for the Environment with the National Climate Change Risk Assessment Framework and Planetary Boundaries work.
He has presented numerous times internationally on the role of science in society, and the role of indigenous knowledge in evidence-based decision-making.
Dr. Hikuroa is among many other leading materials scientists who will be visiting Rotorua, New Zealand in 2021 for AMN10. The AMN conference series is interdisciplinary and covers a broad variety of topics in nanotechnology and materials science. It brings together material scientists, chemists, physicists, biologist and engineers resulting in stimulating discussions that bridge the range from building electronic devices to the study of protein structures.