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Published 5 October 2017

New speaker series to celebrate kiwi women’s research

'Sharing Women's Discoveries' is a highlight of Royal Society Te Apārangi’s 150th Anniversary celebrations to acknowledge the contributions women researchers are making in New Zealand.

A nationwide series of eight talks, each featuring two to four women researchers, Great Kiwi Research, Sharing Women’s Discoveries promotes the discoveries being made throughout New Zealand in conservation, demographics, mathematics, language learning and classics. These talks have different disciplines coming together to demonstrate the value of thinking in different ways about similar issues.

Royal Society Te Apārangi President Professor Richard Bedford said New Zealand women researchers make outstanding contributions to knowledge in New Zealand. 

“But, with few exceptions, kiwi women researchers have not been properly recognised for their achievements.

“As we look forward to our next 150 years, the Society wants to redress this imbalance in a number of ways. 

“Current activities such as our online series ‘150 Women in 150 Words’, which celebrates women’s past contributions to expanding knowledge in New Zealand, as well as this speaker series are just two elements of what we hope will be many future initiatives to help raise the profile of women researchers in Aotearoa New Zealand.” 

Details on the series:

Protecting taonga: snapshots from a conservation biologist and an environmental chemist

Associate Professor Sally Gaw, Dr Tammy Steeves

CHRISTCHURCH 7pm Wednesday 18 October

Lecture Theatre C1, Central Lecture Block, University of Canterbury


#CommunicateNow: New tools for language learners and sport

Dr Ashleigh-Jane Thompson, Professor Cynthia White

MANAWATU 6pm Wednesday 25 October

Sir Geoffrey Peren Auditorium, Massey University


Water women: Protecting our lakes, rivers and oceans

Dr Joanne Clapcott, Dr Kirsty Smith, Dr Susie Wood

NELSON 6.30pm Monday 30 October

Suter Theatre, Nelson


Science and the Arts: Creating futures

Associate Professor Elspeth Tilley, Dr Jacqui Horswell

WELLINGTON 6pm Thursday 2 November

Theatrette 10A02 200, Massey University, Wellington


From populations to peoples: Re-imagining futures

Professor Tahu Kukutai, Dr Jaimie Veale

HAMILTON 6pm Wednesday 8 November

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato Hamilton


Nourishing knowledge: supporting our youth, athletes and coastlines

Associate Professor Mere Berryman, Associate Professor Karin Bryan, Dr Stacy Sims

TAURANGA 6pm Thursday 9 November

Trinity Wharf, University of Waikato Tauranga


Period pain to pregnancy weight gain: What's going on in the female body?

Dr Anna Ponnampalam, Jasmine Plows, Dr Shikha Pundir, Dr Clare Reynolds

AUCKLAND 6pm Tuesday 21 November

Lecture Theatre 007, Building 505, Grafton campus, The University of Auckland


Culturally informed research: Mathematics and the Classics in New Zealand

Associate Professor Roberta Hunter, Dr Anastasia Bakogianni

AUCKLAND 6.30pm Wednesday 22 November

AT2 Auditorium at Albany, Massey University Auckland


Source: Royal Society Te Apārangi