condensed discuss document expanded export feedback print share remove reset document_white enquire_white export_white report_white
Café Scientifique and Café Humanities

Past events

  • Statistics in the media: *sigh*

    Past Event
    Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 6:30pm, Horse and Trap

    Professor Thomas Lumley takes aim at the bogus polls and the dodgy statistics that appear in our media.

    Read more
  • Musing on museums: of ships and shoes and many things

    Past Event
    Wed 29 Apr 2015, Discussion starts 6.30pm
    Horse and Trap, 3 Enfield Street, Mt Eden

    Museums around the world are facing new challenges and are evolving to meet them. Roy Clare scans the horizon and poses some questions for museums and the people who love them.

    Read more
  • A physicist and an anthropologist walk into a bar...

    Past Event
    Wed 27 May 2015, Discussion starts 6.30pm
    Horse and Trap, 3 Enfield Street, Mt Eden

    Drs Thegn Ladefoged and Dion O'Neale talk about Te Pūnaha Matatini, a Centre of Research Excellence hosted at the University of Auckland tasked with transforming complex data about New Zealand’s environment, economy, and society into knowledge, tools, and insight for better decision-making.

    Read more
  • Resolving the evolution wars

    Past Event
    Wed 24 June 2015, Discussion starts 6.30pm
    Horse and Trap, 3 Enfield Street, Mt Eden

    Our DNA has irrefutably been shown to share a common history with other species. This astonishing science seems to provide closure to the evolution-vs-creation wars – can the range of Christian beliefs about evolution survive this challenge from science?

    Read more
  • Living with natural disaster risk – can science lead to more resilient New Zealanders?

    Past Event
    WED 28 oct 2015, DISCUSSION STARTS 6.30PM
    HORSE AND TRAP, 3 ENFIELD STREET, MT EDEN

    Science can illuminate a fraction of our hazardous future, and it can dissect the mistakes of the past, but can it actually help us to prepare better personal, business and community responses to disasters?

    Read more
  • Mana Taiao - Living in the Māori Natural World

    Past Event
    Wed 29 Jun, discussion starts 6.30pm
    HORSE AND TRAP, 3 ENFIELD ST, MT EDEN

    This month’s Café Humanities event sees Buddy Mikaere take to the podium to discuss the on-going collision between Māori and Pakeha cultural perspectives on the environment. He will discuss the difficulties in reconciling these perspectives using the example of the MV Rena disaster.

    Read more
  • Smart and stylish too – Solutions for smart knitted e-textiles using engineered yarns

    Past Event
    WED 25 MAY 2016, DISCUSSION STARTS 6.30PM
    HORSE AND TRAP, 3 ENFIELD STREET, MT EDEN

    "Smart" or "intelligent" textiles incorporate conductive fibres and embedded electronics. However fashion and electronics are markedly different fields – most smart textiles are designed with an emphasis on technical performance rather than aesthetics. They’re smart, but not very smart. Michele Peddie’s research knits together (ahem) technical skills and design aesthetics.

    Read more
  • Big news for the Big Bang

    Past Event
    WEDNESDAY 26 March 2014, HORSE AND TRAP, MT EDEN, 6.30PM

    Cosmology was front page news all over the world this month with reports that scientists have detected waves in deep space triggered by the Big Bang. Come and ask Professor Richard Easther, a theoretical cosmologist at the University of Auckland what this means, what happens now, and what we are doing about it in New Zealand.

    Read more
  • October 2013 Café Scientifique

    Wednesday 30 October 2013, Horse and Trap, Mt Eden, 6.30pm

    The traditional roles of energy producer and energy consumer are beginning to change. 'Smart Grid' technology, affordable energy generation, and storage options, present consumers with new opportunities to break their dependence on energy suppliers. In this talk, Dr Nirmal Nair asks what the future might look like for a choice empowered consumer.

    Read more
  • September 2013 Café Scientifique

    Past Event
    Wednesday, 25 September 2013, Horse and Trap, Mt Eden, 6.30pm

    Curator Simon Gould explores some exciting possibilities to make the objects, ideas and people that surround museum and gallery collections more dynamic, participatory and relevant to new as well as existing audiences.

    Read more
  • August 2013 Café Scientifique

    Wednesday 28 August 2013, Horse and Trap, Mt Eden, 6.30pm

    Join Hauraki Gulf Forum manager Tim Higham to discuss the significance of the Hauraki Gulf and the need for better, more integrated management.

    Read more
  • July 2013 Café Scientifique

    Wednesday 31 July 2013, Horse and Trap, Mt Eden, 6.30pm

    New Zealand at the large Hadron Collider: What have we learned and where are we going?

    Read more
  • June 2013 Café Scientifique

    Wednesday 26 June 2013, Horse and Trap, Mt Eden, 6.30pm

    Nanotechnology seems to be sneaking into everything around us. We’re told it’s going to make the world a better place, but how much do we know about the use of nanotechnology in our day to day lives?

    Read more
  • April 2013 Café Scientifique

    Wednesday 24 April 2013, Horse and Trap, Mt Eden, 6.30pm

    While the NZ government has certainly increased spending on scientific research, funding for healthcare research is still very limited, and funding decision-makers tend to back established scientists with large groups – the ‘silverbacks’ of the science world. So what should younger scientists do in times like this?

    Read more
  • March 2013 Café Scientifique

    Wednesday 27 March 2013, Horse and Trap, Mt Eden, 6.30pm

    Despite understanding the causes and effects of being overweight, rates of obesity remain high and are higher than ever in children and young people. Why doesn’t what the experts say about healthy eating inspire us to change our habits?

    Read more
  • October 2012 Café Humanities

    Wednesday 31 October 2012, Horse and Trap, Mt Eden, 6.30pm

    Michelle discusses how she is using flash fiction (stories of just a few hundred words) to capture the essence and mood of a historical moment, and how the seemingly dissimilar approaches to flash fiction writing and historical research go hand-in-hand.

    Read more