Saturday, 27 February 2010

LATE 01: Innovate Science at Auckland Museum


Innovation - theme for the year
This year's season of LATE at the Auckland Museum events welcomes a year-long investigation into the theme of innovation – featuring panel discussions with  leading innovators from NZ as well as local music.

Coming up this Thursday, 4th March,  Late 01 Innovate Science,  investigates "the way science drives the economy and underpins our everyday life. The panel will discuss how science has helped grow NZ , from early ‘Number Eight Wire’ innovations in agriculture, through to atom-splitting and current biotech projects.

It will then turn its attention toward where the next real innovation is needed, and hopefully, in the process communicating a greater understanding and passion for science throughout New Zealand.

The Panel
The panel features Dr Helen Anderson alongside inventor, social entrepreneur and ‘New Zealander of the Year’, Ray Avery.

Dr Helen Anderson is chief executive of MORST, The NZ Ministry of Research Science and Technology. She sees her role as helping research, science and technology improve New Zealand.  She is credited with playing ' a central role in determining high level science priorities, enhancing New Zealand's research infrastructure, and encouraging greater private sector research and development"

Ray Avery was recently announced as ‘New Zealander of the Year’by Prime Minister John Key, recognising his contribution to the nation through science and technology. Avery is the founder of independent development agency Medicine Mondiale, which creates low-cost solutions to health issues in the developing world.

More detail on the panelists, here

The Music
Music on the evening features Auckland band An Emerald City, the Mana Maoli Collective of Hawaiian performers, and  DJ Stinky Jim. More on artists, here


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