Friday10th February, 10-11.30am
10 February 2023 - 24 February 2023
3 weeks, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fascinated by science and the way our world works? Like variety? Then this course is for you. Speakers from quite different backgrounds will give us insights into their specialist subjects:
10 Feb Te Ara Kākāriki: From the Mountains to the Sea – Peter Joyce Hear about the amazing work of The Greenway Canterbury Trust whose mission is to create a ‘Greenway’ – a corridor of native biodiversity between the Waimakiriri and Rakaia rivers, linking the mountains to the sea and Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere.
17 Feb Blue-green algae:more important than you might think –Paul Broady Blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria) are found almost everywhere there is light and at least a little moisture. Their range of microscopic appearance is remarkable. They abound over vast areas of the ocean surface, occur in soils worldwide and turn up in all sorts of unexpected places. However, we usually don’t notice them despite them having important functions in the biosphere, as they have done for about three billion years. Mostly they are our friends but some we have turned into our foes. They will certainly be important in our future.
24 Feb Celebrating Women in Science – Simon Pollard The achievements of Marie Curie, who is one of only three people to win two Nobel Prizes is well known. Join Simon to hear about the fascinating and often harrowing history of both the well-known and lesser-known women in science.