Nelsonians will have a chance next week to learn more about issues ranging from restoring the city’s river to what’s in our food.
Free evening lectures will be hosted at NMIT as part of a week-long Celebrate Science with Cawthron festival of science events and activities.
“We’re expecting the lectures to be popular as they’re on topics that matter to all of us and explained in a way that makes sense to those with even the smallest interest in science,” said Cawthron Institute community development manager Jo Thompson.
The subjects include the restoration of the Maitai, air quality, what’s in our food, coastal ecology, and how fisheries are managed.
All lectures will be at the Student Centre at NMIT and although they are free, registration is recommended as spaces are limited. To book visit eventbrite.co.nz (keyword Cawthron).
The programme is:
Monday, October 13, 7.30pm-8.30pm: How can air quality be measured and how does the local geography of a city affect the air we breathe? Dr David Jackson will answer these and related questions in an informative science presentation.
Tuesday, 7.30pm-8.30pm: The Maitai and ecology. The restoration work of the Maitai by the Nelson City Council, followed by Cawthron research of the Maitai reservoir and its impact on the ecosystem.
Wednesday, 7.30pm-8.30pm: Want to know what is actually in your food and how it is tested? Hear about what, how and why food testing is relevant to all of us.
Thursday, 7pm-9pm: How do we ensure aquaculture and the wider ecology of our area get along, presented by Dr Ken Grange, a marine ecologist and the regional manager of NIWA in Nelson.
That will be followed by Alex Thompson and David Scranney from Fisheries Management at the Ministry for Primary Industries on how we manage fish stocks and what the future holds for fisheries management.