Monthly Archives: May 2013

Improving human well-being on a resource-limited planet – can we do it?

by Professor Sir David King, University of Cambridge, UK

5.30 pm Tuesday, 28 May
Convention Centre, Main Street, Palmerston North

This is the 2013 Sir Neil Waters Distinguished Lecture 

In this public lecture, Sir David King, climate change commentator and the UK Government’s former Chief Scientific Adviser, will address the challenges to our planet of climate change, ocean degradation, and maintaining sustainable food, mineral, freshwater and energy supplies at an economically affordable cost.

Sir David will discuss 21st century challenges and how they differ from those overcome in the previous 100 years when well-being – health, life expectancy and quality of life – took a leap forward for many, especially in developed countries. He will also speak of his time as the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office of Science, raising the profile for the need for governments to act on climate change.

“The challenges demand innovation, seizing new opportunities for science and technology to work alongside the humanities and social sciences.”

Sir David, who is Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, has published more than 500 papers on his research in chemical physics on science and policy, and has received numerous prizes, fellowships and honorary degrees; he was knighted for his work in science and received the award of ‘Officer dans l’ordre national de la Legion d’Honneur’ from the French President for his climate change work.

All welcome

Please register to attend online at or phone 06 350 5309

Human Wellbeing and the Challenges Facing Us

Speaker: Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty

When: 5.30 pm Tuesday, 14 May

Where: Regent Theatre, Palmerston North

Professor Peter Doherty is in New Zealand for Massey University’s celebration of 50 years of veterinary education and research. In this free public lecture, Professor Doherty will traverse the topics of viruses, vaccines, rapid air travel and the greater risk of pandemic infections, the compromise of natural habitats as people grow more food, and what can be done to protect all life forms on our planet.

In 1996, Professor Doherty shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering how our immune systems distinguish disease-causing microbes and the body cells they invade. The work was the foundation for the modern treatment of disease and the development of vaccines and technologies to enable organ transplants and minimise the spread of today’s ‘flus. Today, his research focuses on the understanding and prevention of influenza virus infection and its severe consequences. He also has research interests in childhood vaccination, global hunger and climate change. Peter has published many books to help people understand these issues, including ‘Pandemics: What everyone needs to know’ and ‘Sentinel Chickens: What Birds Tell Us About Our Health And Our World’.                                                         

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 Professor Doherty will also give lectures in Hawkes Bay (22 May) and Taranaki (23May).

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