The Otago Institute for the Arts and Sciences

 

Nurturing curiosity and engagement in the advancement of science and arts 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.

 

News

2020 What's Hot lecture - special edition

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We are extremely excited to announce a special edition of our What's Hot lecture series. The theme for this year is What's Hot: Live after COVID-19. For most of us, COVID-19 has been the biggest event of 2020 and has ramifications across many facets of lifes. Accordingly, our three speakers this year will cover life after COVID-19 from three different perspectives.

  • Assoc. Prof. Siouxsie Wiles - The pandemic: where are we at and where to from here
  • Metiria Turei - Arting in a lockdown: recover, reflect, recreate
  • Prof. Lisa Ellis - That's so BCV! Politics and economics after COVID-19

The event will be held both LIVE at the Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum and LIVESTREAMED through the Otago Museum on Thursday 27th August. There will be a pop-up art exhibition from Metiria Turei with a cash bar as well. The bar is open from 5 pm and talks start at 5:30 pm, following by a Q and A panel discussion.

   

New Otago Institute Mātauraka Māori premier award at Aurora Science Fair!

We are delighted to announce that the Otago Institute now sponsors a second premier prize at the Aurora Science and Technology fair, focussed on Mātauraka Māori! The prize is worth $300 and is to be awarded for a science project that contains a significant Mātauraka Māori component or addresses an area which is of particular interest or concern for Māori [articulated in the project], OR for a project that explores science in te reo Māori, at any level, and across disciplines.

We are really excited to see what projects our rangatahi present and especially excited to see Mātauraka Māori encouraged in our region!

2020 Postgraduate Travel Awards cancelled

Due to the uncertainty around travel arising from COVD-19 border closures we regret that the 2020 rounds of the Otago Institute travel awards are cancelled. However, we remain committed to supporting postgraduate arts and sciences in the Otago region and are discussing alternative support. Stay tuned for updates!

Second Round of Postgraduate Travel Award for 2019 announced

Applications are invited for the Otago Institute Postgraduate Student Travel Award, Round Two 2019

The Otago Institute for the Arts and Sciences offers travel scholarships to assist Otago/Southland-based postgraduate students to travel as part of their postgraduate study. The winner will receive $1000 for the purpose of conference attendance and/or other project-related travel.

Key dates:

  • Application deadline: 11:00 pm, Sunday 27 October 2019
  • Notification of finalists: Tuesday 12 November 2019
  • Oral presentations by finalists: noon, Monday 25 November 2019

For more information see our Postgraduate Student Travel Award page.

Aurora Energy Otago Science and Technology Fair - Otago Institute Premiere Prize

2019 Otago Institute Premiere Prize Winner - Henry Eden-Mann

Henry Eden-Mann, of Logan Park High School, was the winner of this year's Otago Institute Premiere Prize for his project "Flying Sourcer". For his project, Henry designed an autonomous plane to deliver medicines to remote villages in Cambodia.

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2019 Postgraduate Travel Award

Applications are invited for the Otago Institute Postgraduate Student Travel Award 2019

The Otago Institute for the Arts and Sciences offers travel scholarships to assist Otago/Southland-based postgraduate students to travel as part of their postgraduate study. The winner will receive $1000 for the purpose of conference attendance and/or other project-related travel.

Key dates:

  • NEW application deadline: midnight, Sunday 12 May 2019
  • Notification of finalists: Wednesday 29 May 2019
  • Oral presentations by finalists: noon, Wednesday 12 June 2019

For more information see our Postgraduate Student Travel Award page.

What's Hot! Four speakers, presented by the Otago Institute of Arts and Sciences

Four speakers take ten minutes each to describe the big breakthroughs or events in their research and practice during the last year.

  • What's hot in Animal Law? Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere, Faculty of Law, U. Otago
  • What's hot in Nanotechnology? Carla Meledandri, Department of Chemistry, U. Otago
  • What's hot in Anatomical Knitting? Michele Beevors, Sculpture and Ceramics, Otago Polytechnic
  • What's hot in Otago's Whale and Dolphin Fossils? Ewan Fordyce, Department of Geology, U. Otago

WHEN: 5.30pm, Wednesday 1st August

WHERE: Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum

HOW: ​FREE ENTRY

2018 Postgraduate Student Travel Award finals

The winner of the 2018 Otago Institute Postgraduate Student Travel Award is Manon Knapen (Centre for Science Communication, University of Otago), The value of evidence in health decision-making.

Lecture: Digital breaths: The benefits of bioengineering

Professor Merryn Tawhai:Digital breaths: The benefits of bioengineering

Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum, 5:30pm Thu 28 June, 2018

For more information, see here.

2018 Postgraduate Student Travel Awards finalists

The finalists for the 2018 Otago Institute Postgraduate Student Travel Award have been selected! More information here.

2017 President's report

The 2017 report by Otago Institute President James Scott can be downloaded here.

Otago Institute 2018 Postgraduate Student Travel Award -- Applications open!

Please see the page dedicated to the travel award for information on how to apply. Deadline: 6 May.

Hubble Space Telescope: Our window to an amazing universe

3 April | DUNEDIN. Hubble Chief Scientist Dr Jennifer Wiseman will give a public talk, launching the 2018 Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference. For more details, see https://royalsociety.org.nz/events/the-hubble-space-telescope-our-window-to-an-amazing-universe/.

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