Fascination Science

A free lecture series

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.

Timing and venue (unless otherwise stated)

All lectures start at 7pm followed by drinks and nibbles.

Lectures are in the Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre, Massey University Auckland (Albany).

Genome sequence

Serendipity and the discovery of new protein chemistry from the microbial world

Ted Baker (Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery and the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland)

26 September 2017

Throughout my scientific life I have been fascinated by the beautiful and complex structures of biology, especially those formed by proteins. The advent of genome sequencing, some 20 years ago, brought a vast array of new data, but also indicated how much is still unknown about the natural world. In this talk I will describe some of the unexpected findings, and potential new applications, that can come from exploring some of the “unknown” proteins encoded in genome sequences. By targeting genes for proteins predicted to be displayed on the outside surfaces of bacteria, we discovered bonds that form spontaneously when the host proteins fold up, and can now be used as a molecular “super-glue” to join proteins together for applications in biotechnology.

The man who knew infinity poster

Gems of Ramanujan and their Lasting Impact on Mathematics

Ken Ono (Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University and incoming Maclaurin Lecturer 2017)

10 October 2017

Mathematician Ramanujan's work has has a truly transformative effect on modern mathematics, and continues to do so as we understand further lines from his letters and notebooks.

In this lecture, some of the studies of Ramanujan that are most accessible to the general public will be presented and how Ramanujan's findings fundamentally changed modern mathematics. We will also discuss the influences on his work.

The speaker is associate producer of the film The Man Who Knew Infinity (starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons) about Ramanujan. Professor Ono will share several clips from the film in the lecture.


Note that this lecture runs from 6pm to 7pm in Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre 300.

A refreshment break will take place from 7-7.30pm

At 7.30pm The feature length film ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity' (starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons) will be screened (run time 1 hour 54 min) in Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre 200.

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