The Anthropocene Challenge

A public discussion, facilitated by the Royal Society of New Zealand, between French and New Zealand experts around the theme of climate change and society.

Tuesday 1 September, 6pm, Aurora Centre, Burnside, Christchurch

Experts argue that we are living in the age of the Anthropocene – the epoch when humanity has irrevocably altered the planet. Predictions of climate change impacts are dire. But can we turn our influence around and steer our global impact in a new direction towards a more sustainable future?

As momentum builds towards an international climate change agreement at the UN COP 21 conference in Paris, New Zealand and French experts discuss humanity’s capacity to adapt, become resilient and address the greatest challenge posed to human existence.

Kim Hill will chair the panel comprising Professor David Frame, Professor Catherine Larrère, Dame Anne Salmond and Lucile Schmid.

Tickets are $10 (general admission); students and Royal Society of New Zealand members free. You can book tickets here and find more information about the lecture on the Royal Society of New Zealand website.

Sharpen Your Tools

‘Great Leaders don’t blame the tools they are given. They work to sharpen them.’ Simon Sinek

Do you need more tools for your tool box?

Try our Personal Efficiency Programme
(27th Aug & 10th Sept) – there are only three places left!

Are you a Leader?
Why not support your team and register for our Leading Service at UC workshop (31st Aug & 3rd Sept).
Or, learn how to Foster Innovation and Lead Change (17th Sept).


We have a lot more courses on offer. If you want to know more, contact the L&D Team.


2015 Health and Safety representatives – nominations open

Nominations are being sought for the position of Health and Safety representative for the College of Arts (NCRE), the College of Education, Health and Human Development (Teacher Education), the College of Science (Biological Sciences) and the Project Management Office.

Nominations will open 9am Monday 3 August and close 5pm, Friday 14 August. The nomination form can be accessed here and a description of the Health and Safety representative role can be seen here.

Completed nomination forms should be returned in a sealed envelope marked “voting papers” to Health and Safety Team, Dovedale Village, DB06. If you would like to discuss the role or have any questions, please contact Jeff Morris or Maura Minnock from the Health and Safety Team or your union representative.

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