This is a free event: Koha at the door would be appreciated so we can get something for the speaker.
Shaun is a researcher and deputy director at the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. He splits his day job between Industrial Research Ltd and Victoria University of Wellington. Shaun's PhD was in astrophysics and cosmology. He watches The Big Bang Theory for the equations. These days he is applying physics, mathematics and computer simulation to solve problems in materials science and nanotechnology.
Shaun will present his talk "Trust me, I'm a scientist: science, philosophy and public engagement." He is also happy to discuss ideas from his book "Get off the Grass" which contains ideas from economic geography and the study of complex systems to investigate why it has been so hard for NZ to innovate our way out of low productivity industries.
More detail on the book can be found on SciBlogs: http://goo.gl/kvMYMW
This talk is being held in the Katherine Mansfield Room which is upstairs.