2017 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture
Professor Michael Corballis University of Auckland, Emeritus Professor of Psychology gives the 2017 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture for Royal Society Te Apārangi. Awarded the Rutherford Medal in 2016 for foundational research on the nature and evolution of the human mind, including cerebral asymmetries, handedness, mental imagery, language, and mental time travel.
In his talk he will discuss the neuroscience and evolution of our mental excursions, and their implications for innovation, storytelling, and even language itself.
A panel discussion with Dr Daniel Hikuroa, Dr Ocean Mercier and Dr Wayne Ngata about mātauranga Māori, an indigenous body of knowledge that arises from a worldview based upon kinship based relationships between people and the natural world, and its relationship with science. Presented by Royal Society Te Apārangi in partnership with Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand as part of Matariki celebrations 2017.
Structural biologist, Sir Venkatraman (Venki) Ramakrishnan—Nobel Laureate and President of The Royal Society, London— talks about how understanding the structure of ribosomes, the cell's protein factory, has led to new insights into its function and how antibiotics work.
Nature conservation has traditionally focussed on preservation and protection. However, this approach is increasingly challenged as the impact of human activities on land and in the sea continues to spread and intensify. At the same time, people depend on nature for material goods, as well as for health, recreation and inspiration. Dame Georgina Mace will show how the focus of conservation has shifted from preserving biodiversity (primarily species & habitats and their spatial patterns), to maintaining form and function, adaptability and resilience for the future. But this requires new tools and techniques for measuring and conserving nature.
Professor Konai Helu Thaman says that using culture as a foundation for education is an opportunity often missed by traditional teaching practices in the 2016 New Zealand Aronui Lecture for the Royal Society of New Zealand.