Fascination Science

A free lecture series

Reserve the last Tuesday of each month to hear from some of the leading minds in science today. Massey University Auckland scientists take you into the fascinating world of scientific discoveries.

Please note that the lecture in January is in the Auditorium of the Massey Business School (see map on the right), on Thursday January 24. For this talk, refreshments are available from 6:30 pm and the lecture begins at 7:00.

Most lectures are held on the Massey Auckland campus in the Sir Neil Waters lecture theatre. See map on the right.

Lectures start at 7pm.

Upcoming events

Special event: Sensual Mathematics

THURSDAY 24 january 2019*

What are the possibilities for enhancing interaction between contemporary mathematics and arts? What will dialogue in different levels of education and research mean for society? This talk looks at the recent multidisciplinary activities challenging the traditions and communication of mathematics and arts that have taken place at Aalto University in Finland. These activities have provided a new type of platform to share the beauty of mathematics.  Many outcomes and byproducts of our up-to-date experiments are perfect for applications in digital technologies such as programming, CAD, 3D printing, virtual- and augmented reality. Some scenarios for the future development are presented.

* 6.30pm start for pre-event refreshments. Note this event is on a Thursday and takes place in the auditorium of the Massey Business School.

Photographer's credit for photo of Professor Peltonen: Markus Juvonen

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Lake Alexandrina

Through the looking glass: Host-parasite coevolution and sex


Why do males exist? The most common answer is that males are needed for reproduction; but that is not true for many species of both plants and animals. Why, then, is the earth not dominated by clonally reproducing females? Surely cloning is a more efficient way to reproduce.

So why, in general, is there sex? The question has been raised by many prominent evolutionary biologists, including Darwin; but the answer remains elusive.

This talk will present 30-plus years of research on "why sex?”, highlighting the Red Queen Hypothesis, which posits that parasites select against successful clonal lineages, once they become common in the population.

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