An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum, sponsored by NZTE

Date: Friday 16th May, 2014
Time: 4:30pm networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room), School of Biological Sciences
Guest Speaker: Professor Shaun Hendy

Please join us at the Bioscience Enterprise Forum THIS coming Friday, 16 May, to enjoy a 15-20 minute presentation from esteemed physicist, awarded science communicator and insightful strategic analyst Professor Shaun Hendy. Drinks and nibbles will be provided and stimulating conversations are guaranteed.

Shaun_HendyShaun Hendy is a professor of physics here at the University of Auckland. Shaun joined us recently from his previous posts with IRL and Victoria University. Shaun is a past Deputy Director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and President of the New Zealand Association of Scientists. He is an elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and in 2012 he was awarded the Prime Minister's Science Media Communication Prize. Shaun appears regularly on Radio New Zealand, he is appearing at the Auckland Writers Festival this Saturday, he blogs, he tweets and, in 2013, published ‘Get Off The Grass: Kickstarting the New Zealand Economy’, (available here, and in bookstores). I’ve just finished reading it and *highly* recommend it!

In addition – Shaun recently led a bid for a new Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) and last week his proposal was accepted! Te Punaha Matatini – The Centre for Complex Systems and Networks – will aim to understand complex big data sets for economic, social and environmental benefit. Watch this space.

On Friday Shaun will talk about the role of science (‘bioscience’) and innovation in the economy (‘enterprise’) and will touch on his vision for Te Punaha Matatini.

I look forward to seeing you on Friday and encourage you to RSVP now!
RSVPs to Stephanie Bailey on s.bailey@auckland.ac.nz or (09) 923 87264 for organisational purposes would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards, Stephanie Tulloch, Director Bioscience Enterprise Programme.