Celebrating Fresh Thinking – Professorial Lecture Series

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academe made by Professor Jenni Adams and Professor Sally Gaw in the next presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2021.

Date: Thursday, 19 August, from 4.30 – 6.00 p.m.
Location: Rehua 226

I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend this lecture, to actively support our new Professors, and take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with.

Presentation details:

“Neutrino window on the high-energy Universe” presented by Professor Jenni Adams, School of Physical & Chemical Sciences.

Particles with energies over a million times greater than anything achievable by man-made accelerators, continuously bombard the Earth’s atmosphere. The origin of these particles and the mechanism through which they gain their energy is one of the great mysteries of high-energy astrophysics. The IceCube neutrino observatory, at the South Pole, was constructed to help solve this mystery. Encompassing a cubic kilometre of ice, IceCube searches for nearly massless subatomic particles called neutrinos. These high-energy astronomical messengers provide information to probe the most violent astrophysical sources: events like exploding stars, gamma-ray bursts, and cataclysmic phenomena involving black holes and neutron stars. In this presentation I will explain why neutrinos are unique astrophysical messengers, how IceCube is able to detect neutrinos and what we have discovered so far about the high-energy Universe.

“How do everyday products contribute to marine pollution?” presented by Professor Sally Gaw, School of Physical & Chemical Sciences.

Rapid population growth coupled with increased human well-being and affluence is resulting in an ever-increasing number of chemicals and synthetic materials entering marine environments. Many of these contaminants are emerging concern and there is limited information on their environmental fate and toxicity. Concurrently, marine ecosystems are under threat from climate change, urban development, and excess sediment and nutrients. This presentation will use examples of emerging contaminant research undertaken in the Environmental Chemistry Group. It will outline how products we use every day are contributing to marine pollution and impacting on aquatic organisms including mahinga kai and taonga species.


Professor Ian Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research | Tumu Tuarua Rangahau