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Come and hear from some of the leading minds in science today. Massey University Auckland scientists take you into the fascinating world of scientific discoveries.
All lectures start at 7pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Professor Joachim Brand
28 March 2017
Predicted a century ago by Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, gravitational waves were observed last year for the first time. This discovery not only serves as another verification of Einstein's theory but it also ushered in a new era for astronomy.
This lecture will explain how the detection of gravitational waves resembles listening more than seeing and how the merging of two black holes was 'heard', a discovery that most likely could never have been made with conventional telescopes. We will also look at amazing technology of laser interferometry that made their detection possible and the development of quantum technologies that will make future detectors even more sensitive.
Professor Shane Telfer
26 April 2017
Porous materials have fascinated humankind since the Greeks discovered zeolites: stones that could give off water. Of late, a new class of porous crystals has been discovered. Known as metal-organic frameworks, they have beautiful architectures that can be tuned at the molecular dimension.
The structures and applications of these materials is only limited by the imagination. Can they be used to sequester CO2 directly from air? Is the targeted delivery of bioactive payloads in the human body possible? Find out what we know, and what we hope to find out, about these fascinating materials.
Distinguished Professor Gaven Martin
30 May 2017
Fractals and fractal structures are ubiquitous in nature where small scale symmetries are repeated at ever larger scales or large scale symmetries repeated at ever finer detail. We can see this in snowflakes and in the Mandelbrot set.
The remarkable fractal Lorenz Butterfly (the butterfly effect) arising from simple models of weather predictions shows fractal structures naturally arising in chaotic systems.
The mathematical concept is difficult to define formally even for mathematicians, but key features can be understood with little mathematical background. We will discuss these, along with the notion of fractional dimensions (a measure of the scaling properties of an object) and emergent structures in dynamical systems.
Dr Libby Liggins (Massey University) and Dr.Tom Trnski (Auckland Museum)
27 June 2017
Small, remote islands such as New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands have long been revered as natural laboratories. Here we can examine the processes that generate and maintain biodiversity.
Typically, the biodiversity of the marine environments surrounding islands is less-studied. However, our recent expeditions to these Islands have exponentially increased our knowledge of the marine biodiversity. This highlights the scientific and conservation importance of this region.
Dr Liggins and Dr Trnski have dived and explored the Kermadec islands and will share some, until now, secrets of the intriguing marine biodiversity from this special place. They will talk about their expeditions and highlight recent discoveries.
These events are free, but please rsvp so we know numbers that will attend. All lectures are in the Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre, Massey Auckland campus.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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Last updated on Wednesday 22 March 2017
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Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre
Massey University Auckland