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Science Café: Root and branch: the ‘reinvention’ of the Royal Society Te Apārangi

Introduction by John E. Martin

RSNZ Manawatu Branch 2017 AGM and November 2017 meeting

7.00 pm Tuesday, 21 November, Palmerston North Public Library, George Street, Palmerston North

We will be joined by John Martin, author of ‘Illuminating Our World’ a history of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, for a presentation of the past, and a discussion of the future, of the Royal Society Te Apārangi and the Branches, particularly the Manawatu Branch.

John writes, ‘in completing the history of the Royal Society for its 150th anniversary this year, I have had the opportunity to reflect upon the changes experienced through its 150 years. These changes have been very radical – they have changed the organisation ‘root and branch’. The Society’s branches have been an integral part of this process – from the reconstitution of the NZ Institute in 1903 into a more democratic structure; to the fundamental reorganisation in the 1960s to make it an Academy and extend its base beyond the branches; and to the reforms of the 1990s that introduced a greater extent of representation and began to broaden the remit of the organisation to the social sciences. This process continues, with the recent inclusion of the humanities into the Society in a world in which science is a part of a wider matrix of knowledge imbedded in societies. These changes present a challenge to the Society’s branches, as they do more generally to the traditional conception of the place of science within the corpus of knowledge and within our contemporary society.’

Come along for a discussion of the past, present and future of the Royal Society Te Apārangi and the Manawatu Branch.

All warmly welcome!

The talk will be proceeded by the RSNZ Manawatu Branch 2017 AGM, starting at 6.30pm. Light finger food will be available from 6.00pm.

Science Café: Plastics and the environment

Introduction by Dr Trisia Farrelly, Massey University

RSNZ Manawatu Branch 2016 AGM and November 2016 meeting

7.30 pm Tuesday, 15 November, Palmerston North Public Library, George Street, Palmerston North

There will be one tonne of plastic in the ocean for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastic than fish [by weight].

The average life span of a checkout plastic bag is 12 minutes. Yeah!

We can easily see how a turtle searching for jellyfish can be fooled by a plastic bag and choke on it. But what happens as this macro plastic disintegrates into smaller micro pieces? Are there other insidious effects on the environment that continue for long periods?

More than thirty countries and 170 states (including half of those in Australia) have either banned or placed a levy on single-use plastic bags. But not New Zealand.

Dr Trisia Farrelly, Senior Lecturer in the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey University, will provide the introductory illumination to this Science Café style meeting. Dr Farrelly is a social anthropologist who has researched the socio-cultural factors of waste minimisation and waste management in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. She is co-founder of the New Zealand Product Stewardship Council and Palmerston North’s Carrying our Future’s initiative.

Come along and hear Dr Farrelly, enjoy a cup of coffee and a discussion that could change the way you think about the waste you produce.

All warmly welcome

The talk will be proceeded by the RSNZ Manawatu Branch 2016 AGM, starting at 6.30pm with light finger food.