Promoting public understanding of and support for research in Otago and Southland
The Otago Institute is a Regional Constituent Organisation of the Royal Society of New Zealand. In many ways our activities reflect the values of the RSNZ, but more importantly a firm commitment by our members to community outreach and engagement. It is our goal to provide timely, relevant, and qualified expert information to people in regional communities in order to enhance their understanding of research, give them the tools that they can bring to bear on issues that impact their lives, and thereby improve their awareness of the importance of research to their happiness and well-being as well as that of their community and country.
We undertake a number of activities that are intended to inform, educate, and enlighten all members of the community in the greater Otago and Southland region, and to support young researchers as a means to providing encouragement for the next generation of researchers.
Benefits of being a member of the Otago Institute for the Arts and Sciences include:
• Receiving personal notifications of the upcoming talks from high-profile researchers
• Opportunities for interdisciplinary collegiality and collaboration
• Supporting community understanding and engagement in the Arts and Sciences by
° Providing school outreach/visits in our regional community
° Sponsoring and participating in the New Zealand International Science Festival
° Writing a popular science column in the Southland Times
• Supporting young researchers in our region in their endeavours in research by
° Sponsoring Otago Institute Young Researcher travel awards
° Sponsoring prizes for the Aurora Otago Science and Technology Fair
° Sponsoring junior post-graduate researchers Honours Thesis prize
• Associate membership in the Royal Society of New Zealand
2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Distinguished Speaker Frances Ashcroft
18 March 2015 • 6PM • St Davids Lecture Theatre • University of Otago
The Beatrice Hill Tinsley Memorial Lecture with Dr Tamara Davis
25 September 2014 • 5:30PM • Hutton Theatre • Otago Museum
Brought to us by the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand Lecture Trust
in co-sponsorship with Otago Musuem and the Dunedin Astronomical Society
10 September 2014 • Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum
The RSNZ "Ten by Ten" lecture with Dr Martin Reyners • 7 August 2014
Royal Society of NZ, Charles Fleming Lecture Tour ~ Dr Mike Joy
Sir Alan Mark presenting the award to Dr Mike Joy (photo by Arlene McDowell).
• 2014 Student Travel Award ~ Winners!
Chris Niebuhr, Zoology(L) & Jill Assawasuwannakit, Pharmacy (R)