Visioneering a Future
Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
IPENZ Manawatu Branch and RSNZ Manawatu Branch
7.00 – 8.50 pm Wednesday, 23 July, PNBHS Speirs Centre, Featherson Street, Palmerston North
Engineering and technology have shaped our society and defined who we are. In the Manawatu, our engineering past has been defined by power generation, river and flood control, technology and research.
To celebrate 100 years of engineering, the Manawatu Branch of the Institute of Professional Engineers, in conjunction with the Royal Society of New Zealand Manawatu Branch, has invited Sir Peter Gluckman to present a vision of what the future may look like and the role that engineering and technology will have to play in realising this vision. This lecture is the Inaugural Earle Lecture, which will be a biennial public lecture celebrating engineering and technology. The Earle Lecture is named after Dick and Mary Earle, in recognition of their contribution to biotechnology and food technology in this region, as well as nationally and internationally. Dick founded the first university department of biotechnology in the world at Massey University and Mary was instrumental in developing the Product Development Major at Massey University. Mary was awarded the OBE, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, in 1993 and Dick was recognised in 2008 as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. They continue to give generously to the development of the profession through their travel and student scholarships.
Sir Peter Gluckman is one of New Zealand’s best known scientists. His research has won him numerous awards and international recognition, including Fellowship of the Commonwealth’s most prestigious scientific organisation, the Royal Society (London). In 2009 he was appointed as the first Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand. In this role, he promotes the use of evidence in policy formation and advocates for the translation of scientific knowledge into better social, economic, and environmental outcomes.