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2020 Annual General Meeting Notice


The annual report will be posted out and is available for download here in pdf format
Additionally a supplement of Student Travel Grant reports is available for download here also in pdf format

Notice is given of the 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Canterbury Branch, to be held at 6.30pm on Wednesday, 30 September, 2019, in the Sydenham Room, South Library, 66 Colombo St, Christchurch.

Agenda

1 Roll and Apologies.

2 Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 25 September, 2019.

3 Business Arising.

4 2019 Reports from Council and Representatives.

5 2019 Financial Reports.

6 Appointment of Auditor.

7 Election of Officers and Council.

8 Subscriptions.

Council recommends the following motion as included on the Proxy vote form:
To set the 2020 subscriptions to zero and to extend the membership of those financial members from 2017 to 2018 to the current year.

9 General Business:

To discuss matters around the changes in the arrangements for the RSNZ Canterbury Branch Trust and the Relationship to Branch Finances.

The transfer of the RSNZCB Trust into the UC foundation is the most likely outcome of changes in progress at the University of Canterbury investment arrangements and this meeting will be a chance to explain these in more detail. This is an opportunity to update some of the directions in the current trust deed to reflect the changing situation in the last 30 years. The Foundation would take on distributing the travel grants reducing the workload on the branch council. It could also be an opportunity to put some of the Branchís own investments (cash and ANZ Shares) into the fund within the UC foundation but specifying that those funds can continue to support branch activities. This would be a better way to invest those funds in the long term and reduce the load on the branch treasurer.
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Timaru talks September-October- November

All Timaru events are free but reserve bookings are required by contacting S.C Museum on (03) 687 7212, or museum@timdc.govt.nz


Science v Religion

Associate Professor John Stenhouse

Thursday 24thSeptember 2020 7.00pm
TDC Council Chamber (from Barnard St carpark)

An illustrated talk about the particular conflict that arose in the 19th century between science and religion, and why this Ďwarfare thesisí has been largely abandoned by historians of science, with reference to the ideas and beliefs of New Zealand scientists such as Hector, Hutton, von Haast, Buller and others.

Associate Professor John Stenhouse is the Head of the History Programme at the University of Otago. He teaches European history, New Zealand history, intellectual history, and the history of science. His main research field is the history of science and religion, in which he has published widely.

Itís all Greek to Me: The New Testament in text and translation

Dr Katie Marcar

Thursday 15th October 2020 7.00pm
TDC Council Chamber (from Barnard St carpark)

An illustrated talk about the origins of the New Testament, from oral tradition to written text in Greek, leading to modern versions, and while generally translations are good, there is no perfect translation, hence there will always be a reason to study the NT in Geek.

Katie Marcar (PhD, Durham University, UK) is a Teaching Fellow in Biblical Languages, University of Otago, where she teaches ancient Greek and Hebrew from introductory to advanced levels. Her research interests focus on the New Testament letter of 1 Peter and its connections to Second Temple Judaism and the Greco-Roman world. Katie is also a lay minister in the Anglican Church.

Foulden Maar: protecting NZís geological sites

Dr Daphne Lee

Thursday 19th November 2020 7.00pm
TDC Council Chamber (from Barnard St carpark)

Foulden Maar, Hindon Maar and Roxburgh Amber Forest, three of the most important terrestrial fossil sites in New Zealand. Some of these sites have been under threat form mining and other Human activities as well as natural processes. How can we protect and preserve our fossil treasures and geological features for future generations?

Dr Daphne Lee is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Department of Geology, University of Otago and has studied the Foulden Maar site for many years and authored many papers on the discoveries there. Her research interests are Cenozoic paleobotany and paleoclimate, Invertebrate paleontology (brachiopods), Cenozoic stratigraphy and Earth science education.

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Christchurch Talks November


Celestial Fireworks: from comets to exploding stars

Associate Professor Karen Pollard

5th November 2020 6.00pm
Turanga60 Cathedral Square

New discoveries and science programs at UC and the Mt John Observatory.

Karen Pollard is the Director of the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory and is an associate professor in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences at University of Canterbury. Her research involves investigating the structure and evolution of stars and planetary systems; especially studying variable, pulsating and exploding stars to understand how these objects form, live and die and how they interact with their local environment. Karen, originally from Christchurch,has worked as an astronomer at the University of Canterbury; the South African Astronomical Observatory in South Africa; at Gettysburg College, PA, USA; and as a visiting fellow at the European Southern Observatory, Chile.

Foulden Maar: protecting NZís geological sites

Dr Daphne Lee

Thursday 26th November 2020 6.00pm
Turanga60 Cathedral Square

Foulden Maar, Hindon Maar and Roxburgh Amber Forest, three of the most important terrestrial fossil sites in New Zealand. Some of these sites have been under threat form mining and other Human activities as well as natural processes. How can we protect and preserve our fossil treasures and geological features for future generations?

Dr Daphne Lee is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Department of Geology, University of Otago and has studied the Foulden Maar site for many years and authored many papers on the discoveries there. Her research interests are Cenozoic paleobotany and paleoclimate, Invertebrate paleontology (brachiopods), Cenozoic stratigraphy and Earth science education.

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Geoscience NZ Presidential lecture

Just How On Earth Do We Know What Mars Is Made Of?

GSNZ President, James Scott of University of Otago

Postponed due to Covid 19 until further notice

Right now there is the NASA Mars InSight programme to help understand the interior of our neighbouring Red Planet. Humans havenít retrieved rocks from Mars, but we do have rocks on Earth from Mars...
  • * How is this possible?
  • * What is Mars made of?
  • * Are Mars rocks unique?
  • * Are geological processes operating on Mars different to those on Earth?
  • * What is the prospect that life occurs (or has occurred) on the planet?
I will explain just how on Earth we know about Mars, I will summarise some of my research on the high-P ejecta, and I will bring some (very small) Martian meteorites for show and tell.

James has undertaken university and industry-based research from New Zealandís Sub-Antarctic Islands, to the Pacific Islands, to central Europe. His research involves examination of shallow Earth processes from mineralisation to environmental studies. He has recently undertaken research projects on the evolution of Earthís mantle to the formation of the solar nebula, largely from a high temperature geochemical perspective.

This talk is sponsored by the Geoscience Society of New Zealand.
https://www.gsnz.org.nz/news-and-events/presidents-tour/

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