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Science Weekend at Te Papa

02 November 2017

A big science weekend is coming up as scientists from the seven Crown Research Institutes celebrate 25 years of helping shape the nation’s wealth and wellbeing through great science. 

Over two days at Te Papa Museum, Wellington: Friday, 10 November and Saturday, 11 November 2017, Science New Zealand presents a variety of informative, educational public talks that will enthral, inspire and fascinate you.

ESR has been delivering science for communities in the areas of environmental health and water quality, food safety, public health and forensic science since 1992. Our scientists will be sharing their knowledge and discoveries in the following 12 minute talks in the Sounding Theatre.

ESR Public Talk Schedule

Friday, 10 November, 2017
10.30am Jenny Draper, Bioinformatics Consultant, ESR

The sequencing revolution – how sequencing the genome is transforming our science

12.30pm Maria Hepi, Social Scientist, ESR

When two worlds collide: western social science and hapū development.  How to work in partnership with the community to help address complex or intractable problems.

2.30pm Janina Neale, Team Leader – Forensic Service Centre, ESR 
No laughing matter. The case of the Killer Clown Fiends and how forensic science cracked the case.

Saturday, 11 November
11.30am Jacqui Horswell, Environmental Microbiologist, ESR 
Is there a new weapon in our battle for clean waterways?  How the simple mānuka plant can deal to nasty pollutants before they enter the water.

1.30pm Dr SallyAnn Harbison, Senior Science Leader, ESR 
DNA Unravelled: The science behind ‘CSI New Zealand’.  How forensic DNA profiling helps fight crime and what the future possibilities are.

ESR Exhibition
There will also be an impressive exhibition in the Oceania Room with interactive activities for the whole family as well as real life scientists available to talk to about what they do and answer any questions. 

Come and visit the ESR exhibit where you can:   

  • Work out what comes from which animal by matching the poo to the animal
  • Experience a real to life crime scene and see what forensic team does
  • See in 3D what nasty disease bugs look like
  • Explore a virtual environment through our 3D laser scanning technology.

Bring your family and friends along and enjoy a trip to Te Papa to discover how science has been and continues to work for New Zealand's success.