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NZ agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation conference next week

The New Zealand Agricultural Green House Gas Mitigation Conference will provide the full breadth of updates from policy, science and industry when it comes to agricultural greenhouse gases in New Zealand.

The focus is on how the agricultural sector will contribute to New Zealand’s commitments under the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which seeks to hold the rise in global average temperatures to well below 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels and has been ratified by more than 130 countries.

Presentations will cover the role played by agricultural emissions in climate change, industry perspectives, life cycle analysis, the role of land use change in emissions levels, projections to 2030, technology updates (myths and realities!) from methane and nitrous oxide programmes, and the role of soil carbon in on-farm solutions.

Registration is free and includes a networking lunch and a post-conference drinks function.

Pre-registration is required at

Details: 9am – 4.20pm Tuesday 28 March, Palmerston North Convention Centre, 354 Main St, Palmerston North.

Assn of Scientists to celebrate 75th anniversary by thinking about the future at Te Papa

The New Zealand Association of Scientists will celebrate its 75th anniversary by bringing together some of New Zealand’s most original thinkers at Te Papa on April 26 to discuss the future for scientists in New Zealand.

Among the questions to be tackled are:

  • What does it mean to be an emerging scientist in 2016?
  • What do scientific careers look like now, how have they changed, and how should they change in order to keep pace with international trends?
  • Are we doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past, or can we learn from what has – and has not – worked in the science system over the last 75 years?
  • What does success in science look like, and how can we evaluate it?

These questions, and more, will be addressed with an emphasis on what early career researchers think of the funding system that will make – or break – their careers within the next 75 years.

Speakers include:

Dr Rebecca Priestley, Victoria University of Wellington; award-winning science writer and historian, editor of The Awa Book of New Zealand Science (2012), the winner of the inaugural Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize.

Bernard Beckett, writer and secondary school teacher; author of the multi-award winning Genesis (2006), a dystopian science fiction novel for young adults.

Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward, University of Canterbury political scientist, and author of Children, Citizenship and the Environment (2012).

Professor Shaun Hendy, University of Auckland physicist and Director, Te Pūnaha Matatini; author of Get Off the Grass (2012) and Silencing Science (2016).

Details, including registration instructions, can be found here.