Royal Society of New Zealand, Canterbury Branch
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RSNZ Canterbury Branch

Managed by our council since 1862 promoting science and technology in Canterbury.

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Upcoming Events

New Zealand Rutherford Lecture: Mental Travels in Space and Time

6pm Tuesday 20 June Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret’s College

Professor Michael Corballis

University of Auckland, Emeritus Professor of Psychology. 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.

We have a remarkable capacity to mentally relive past events, imagine future ones, and even invent fictitious ones. This mental escape from the present allows us to plan our futures, deliberate on the past, and find inspiration in imagined scenarios. We can also transport ourselves into the minds of others, enhancing empathy and social understanding. Sometimes, our minds elude conscious control and wander in unpredictable ways, providing a potential source of creativity. Professor Michael Corballis will discuss the neuroscience and evolution of our mental excursions, and their implications for innovation, storytelling, and even language itself.

Michael’s latest book is The Truth about Language: What it is and Where it came from.

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RSNZ 150th Anniversary talk: Responding to earthquakes - future perspectives

Wednesday 2 August 6:30pm, Rolleston lecture theatre

Dr Roy Montgomery & Dr Barbara Garrie

Lincoln University, Environmental Management & University of Canterbury, Art History, Cultural Studies

2017 Darcy lecture with the Hydrological Society

The Critical Role of Trees in Critical Zone Science: An Exploration of Water Fluxes in the Earth’s Permeable Skin? (TBC)

6:30 Wednesday, 30 August, UC, C3

Dr. Kamini Singha, Colorado School of Mines.

RASNZ Beatrice Tinsley lecturer for 2017

11 October

Natalie Batalha, ‘A planet for Goldilocks’ prior to and in association with the Starlight Festival.


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