7.30 pm Tuesday, 18 April, Three Minute Thesis finalists

7.30 pm Tuesday, 18 April, Three Minute Thesis finalists. Palmerston North Central Library. All welcome.

This month we are delighted to be able to present four short talks from finalists in Massey University’s
Three Minute Thesis competition.

Reconciling paid work and caregiving responsibilities among older workers in Aotearoa New Zealand
Shanika Koreshi

Shanika is a PhD student in psychology. Her work focuses on precarious
employment, work-life balance, and retirement.

Lessons from the bored room: Applying concepts of boredom to animals
Morgan Heslop

Morgan is a PhD student in Massey’s Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics
Centre. When we keep animals, we design their environments for them and
often make them as stable and unchanging as possible – we make them
boring. But what is boring to a dog, or to a chicken?

Digestion of complex food systems containing health-promoting compounds
Haroon Qazi

Haroon is a PhD student at the Riddet Institute at Massey University. His
research interests are delivering bioactive ingredients, functional foods,
nutrition, and product development.

Automated vehicles and society: Why do social meanings matter?
Moayad Shammut
Moayad is a PhD candidate in the School of People, Environment and
Planning at Massey University. His PhD research looks at the future of
autonomous vehicles in New Zealand by placing considerable focus on the
interface between technology, policymaking, social acceptance, and business development.

March 21 7.30pm: Is the IPCC past its use-by date?

Emeritus Professor Ralph Sims 

Ralph Sims is Emeritus Professor of Renewable Energy and founder of the Centre for Energy Research at Massey University, where he has been based for more than half a century. 

Is the IPCC past its use-by date?

Based on my close involvement with six IPCC reports since 1992, the key outcomes and recommendations on mitigation and adaptation measures and opportunities over the decades are reviewed. The messages were clear – though perhaps not always well-communicated.

So why have few people, businesses, governments, etc., taken any notice of the science?

Global emissions continue to rise; NZ emissions have possibly stabilised based on recent NZ Stats results; climate impacts are now more evident. It’s too late to stay below the 1.5 ºC temperature rise of the Paris target.

So should the IPCC continue to give out the same old messages based on the science – or should we give up on this scientific assessment process and leave it to the survival of the fittest?

Manawatū Branch of the Royal Society Te Apārangi

21 March 7.30pm

Palmerston North City Library