Each year MacDiarmid Institute investigators travel to regional centres to deliver public lectures on materials science and nanotechnology and how they impact our lives. We also partake in school visits in these regional centres. This series allows us to directly address members of the public and to raise awareness of how materials science can address global problems.
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2022 MacDiarmid Institute Regional Lecture Series: To Industry and Beyond - Professor Shane Telfer and Dr Anna Farquhar focus on pathways from science to industry.
November 21, 2022
In the 2017 MacDiarmid Institute Regional Lecture Series: Women in nanoscience, three female MacDiarmid Institute nanoscientists tell their personal stories of life in science. Professors Penny Brothers and Cather Simpson, and Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) give their own perspectives on what it is like being a woman in the physical sciences (physics, chemistry or engineering).
August 7, 2018
MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator Dr Franck Natali and friend of the Institute Dr Michelle Dickinson, also known as Nanogirl, speak about the unique history of materials in New Zealand and the future problems we may face obtaining both these, and new, materials.
September 21, 2016
The age of fossil fuels is coming to an end. Global warming from their burning is undeniable, but when will tomorrow begin? Will it be a smooth transition into renewable energy? Is there even enough sunlight striking the Earth to supply the increasing energy demands of 6-9 billion humans? Can our renewable energy sources be enough for a nuclear-averse country like New Zealand?
July 30, 2015