Your guide to events in Nelson, New Zealand
Wednesday 31st October 2012
In 1867 diverse scientific and philosophical groups were brought together as a national forum to encourage the ‘advancement of science and art in New Zealand’ and the New Zealand Institute was born. Half a century later in 1933 the title ‘Royal’ was adopted and, with the approval of King George V, the name was changed to the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Today the Royal Society of New Zealand is a highly respected organisation which counts the nation’s top scientists and scholars as Fellows within its prestigious Academy. Its priorities are to promote and support outstanding research, to recognise academic and innovative excellence, to provide advice for policymakers, to foster curiosity in New Zealand’s young people and to grow international and global research cooperation.
Dr Di McCarthy will present an overview of the work of the Royal Society of New Zealand and highlight some of its achievements during 2012. A particular focus will be on events surrounding the observation of the Transit of Venus on 6 June, and reflections from the associated Forum on Science and New Zealand’s Future.