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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.

Royal Society of New Zealand 2015 Rutherford Lecture

Going super heavy: the end of the periodic table of elements Wednesday 26 August, 6pm, C1 lecture theatre, University of Canterbury

This year’s Rutherford Lecture will be delivered by Distinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger (Massey University), a leading chemist and physicist who was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand’s 2014 Rutherford Medal.

The first periodic table of elements, proposed in 1869, was compiled by arranging the elements in ascending order of atomic weight, grouped by chemical properties. At that time, it was not known how high in atomic weight the elements could go before becoming unstable and decaying. The last decade has seen the production of new elements up to nuclear charge 118 – just how heavy can elements go and what can chemists do with such exotic elements? Where does the periodic table end?

The lecture is free and open to the public but, to ensure a seat, you should register online. You can also find more information here.