AWIS

Programme

Mini programmeNew: Download the Conference mini-programme

It's a 10-page pdf including the programme schedule, a map of the venue, and all the information you need to know before you arrive.

Or, browse the speaker bios and abstracts and full workshop descriptions via the links in the programme below.

In our 20/20 Science Snapshot sessions after lunch on both days of the conference, each speaker presents to a backdrop of twenty strictly-timed 20-second slides. Find more information on the format here.

AWIS would like to thank the sponsors of the Absolutely Positively Science conference, particularly our Conference Sponsors, Cawthron Institute and Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Science. Without their generous support, we could not have put together this absolutely positively exciting programme.


Wednesday 9 July


Thursday 10 July


Friday 11 July

08:30

08:30 Registration

08:30 Keynote speaker

Brigid Heywood, Massey University

Crystal Gazing: a journey from there to here (without the help of a pair of big red knickers)

Sponsored by Division of Sciences, University of Otago

08:45


08:45 Conference Opening and Welcome

Cilla Wehi (Chair of the Organising Committee)

Dame Miriam Dell (Patron of AWIS) and Esther Haines (Convenor of AWIS): Presentation of the inaugural Miriam Dell Award to Judith O'Brien

09:15


09:15 Keynote speaker

Susanne Rasmussen, Massey University

Highlights and lowlights of a science career in AgResearch

09:30 Panel Discussion

Women in politics talk about women in science: policy questions or personal questions?

Chair: Di McCarthy

Panelists: Hon Jo Goodhew, Moana Mackey, Eugenie Sage

Sponsored by Royal Society of New Zealand

10:00


10:00 Morning tea

10:15 Morning tea

10:30


10:30 Talk session

Expanding knowledge: inward, upward, and in-between

Donna Rose Addis The Future of Memory: Remembering & Imagining

Alison Downard From the Bottom Up: Electrochemistry as a tool for bottom-up construction of nanoscale functionalised surfaces

Clemency Montelle The Two Cultures: What I have learned from blending the sciences and humanities and a lot more in between

10:30 Workshop sessions

1. Jen Zajac Introduction to Programming with Python

Sponsored by Catalyst IT

2. Alison Campbell Communication

2B. Catherine Cook Gendered hurdles: Stress and resilience

All three workshops run concurrently. Nominate workshop you wish to attend when you register for the conference. Places are limited.

10:45 Talk session

Little things mean a lot: microscopy, viruses, and species in a changing landscape

Barbara Anderson The Rising Sun: Are protected areas a refuge or a cage

Ruth Knibbe Imaging nano-sized defects in superconductors

Robin MacDiarmid Learning from the little things in life

Session sponsored by Plant and Food Research

10:45 Workshop sessions

3. Christine Jasoni Science and social media

4. Elf Eldridge Robotics with Arduino and Lego

Both workshops run concurrently. Nominate workshop you wish to attend when you register for the conference. Places are limited.

 

12:00

12:00 Lunch

Sponsored by MetService

12:15 Lunch

Sponsored by MetService

13:00

13:00 20/20 Science Snapshots

A post-prandial treat: ten speakers each present twenty strictly-timed 20-second slides. Fast-paced, on-message, this is science served up in seven-minute slices!

Sponsored by NIWA

13:15 20/20 Science Snapshots

A post-prandial treat: eight speakers each present twenty strictly-timed 20-second slides. Fast-paced, on-message, this is science served up in seven-minute slices!

Sponsored by Catalyst

14:00

14:00 Pre-conference excursions

1. Parliament visit 

14:00-16:00 No additional cost. 

2. Te Papa back-of-house tour - Maori collection 

14:00-15:30 $10 per person cost, payable on the day.

3. Te Papa back-of-house tour - Botany collection

14:00-15:30 $10 per person cost, payable on the day.

Sign up for tours when you register for the conference.

14:30

14:30 Afternoon tea

14:30 Afternoon tea

15:00

15:00 Talk session

All about the F-word

Elissa Cameron Maternity, metrics and morale: addressing the continued attrition of women from science

Sunethra Pitawala Career as a woman engineer

Gina Grimshaw Sex on the brain: A case study

Session sponsored by Engineering Technology, WelTec

15:00 Workshop sessions

5. Anne Barnett IP and Commercialisation

6. Desna Whaanga-Schollum Art and Science

Sponsored by University of Otago

7. Tim McNamara An intro to eScience

All three workshops run concurrently. Nominate workshop you wish to attend when you register for the conference. Places are limited.

 

15:00 Talk session

Fair weather? A changing climate for women in science

Wendy Nelson Science through a feminist lens

Leigh Matheson A change in the weather - Women in the world of forecasting

Di Tracey A potted science herstory of feminism, fish and phylum Cnidaria - what has changed?

15:00 Workshop sessions (both run concurrently)

8. Rebecca Priestley and Rhian Salmon Communicating controversial science

9. Elf Eldridge Software for the future

Both workshops run concurrently. Nominate workshop you wish to attend when you register for the conference. Places are limited.

 

16:30

 

16:30 AWIS AGM for 2014

All invited

16:30 Conference closing

Closing remarks, farewell to delegates (completed 17:00).

17:30

17:30 Registration desk open

18:30

18:30 Welcome function

Hunter Lounge, Victoria University of Wellington

Sponsored by School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, VUW

18:30 Conference dinner

From 6:30pm at Prefab, 14 Jessie St

We invite all delegates to the conference dinner, to socialise and relax over a drink, and share a meal from Prefab's fresh, delicious, seasonal menu. To encourage everyone to join us, we've included a ticket to the dinner in your conference registration fee (excludes 1-day registrations).

Sponsored by Allan Wilson Centre