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Pint of Science 2019

"Pint of Science aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – mainly in the pub! We want to provide a platform which allows people to discuss research with the people who carry it out - no prior knowledge of the subject is required. It is run mainly by volunteers and was established by a community of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in 2012. The main festival takes place annually over three days in the month of May simultaneously in pubs across the world."

Available OnDemand: Sunday May 26th 2019 from 10pm

Episode Information

Pint of Science 2019 - 22-05-2019 - 8/8 - Q&A Session: 'So, What Do You Do'
The final event of Pint of Science 2019 featured a combined Q&A Session with Rob Elshire, Simon Hills, and Lisa Warbrick.
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Pint of Science 2019 - 22-05-2019 - 7/8 - Lisa Warbrick - 'Genomics, Taonga, and Commercialisation'
The application of genomics science has significance in Aotearoa, as Māori have the responsibility of kaitiaki for & cultural knowledge about taonga species. Adding genomic data provides opportunities for research, development, & commercialisation which benefit Māori. Lisa will introduce & lead a conversation about genomics, questions of ownership of data, the place of Māori in benefits & commercialisation & possible tensions between responsibility of kaitiaki & commercialisation.
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Pint of Science 2019 - 22-05-2019 - 6/8 - Simon Hills - 'Kiwi Whakapapa, Genomics and Conservation'
What do we need to know in order to manage populations of endangered species? This is the question that hapū from Rawhiti, in the Bay of Islands, wanted answered regarding populations of North Island Brown Kiwi living on their whenua. In this talk Simon will tell the story of the origin of this question, and discuss the partnership that has emerged to develop genomic resources for Kiwi populations in Northland. The research being undertaken aims to generate detailed genetic insight into the whakapapa of these populations to assist local Māori enhance the kaitiakitanga of these taonga birds.
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Pint of Science 2019 - 22-05-2019 - 5/8 - Rob Elshire - 'So, what do you do?'
A thirsty scientist walks into a pub and orders a pint of their finest ale. As they enjoy the pint, a casual conversation about the weather reaches its natural limits. Their new mate asks 'So, what do you do?' This question can cause distress in many scientists. 'I know what I do, but how do I explain it in a way that is relatable and maybe even interesting?' With the help of a volunteer, we will have a conversation about my work in genomics and how this kind of science connects with their life.
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Pint of Science 2019 - 21-05-2019 - 4/8 - Brett Gartrell - 'Kea in trouble...'
...Why being smart, inquisitive and hungry has led to the endangered status of a native New Zealand parrot - Kea are innovative problem solvers and often ranked as one of the smartest species of bird in the world. These cognitive abilities have been shaped by the resource-poor mountain habitat in which they evolved. These survival traits have put kea in direct conflict with the human colonisation of Aoteoroa/New Zealand. Our research on kea has highlighted the many ways in which kea have struggled to co-exist with humanity and the current efforts being made to conserve this taonga species.
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Pint of Science 2019 - 21-05-2019 - 3/8 Jon Huxley 'What have cows ever done for us...'
...(and perhaps more importantly what can we do in return)? - Cattle are remarkable animals; there were one of the first species to be domesticated and farmed and they are now ubiquitous and indispensable in almost all societies globally. This Pint of Science talk will describe how aspects of bovine anatomy have evolved to cope with the myriad of different environments which they inhabit. Our research has demonstrated how a detailed understand of this anatomical structure and function can help us treat and prevent disease and ensure the health and well-being of this extraordinary species.
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Pint of Science 2019 - 20-05-2019 - 2/8 - Jeremy Hapeta - Rugby and its place in 'our society'
This talk will discuss the findings and results which have emerged from Jeremy’s recently defended PhD thesis: “An examination of cultural inclusion and Maori culture in New Zealand Rugby: the impact on well-being” The size and shape of contemporary rugby players is a talking point across all ages, sexes and grades, this is a holistic and honest examination of New Zealand rugby from its players to its teams, a down-to-earth, hearty and inclusive presentation that will connect with anyone who’s ever watched, played or connected with rugby.
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Pint of Science 2019 - 20-05-2019 - 1/8 - Hone Morris - 'Te Taiao, Te Tinana, e rua e rua'
From a Māori perspective the human body and the universal environment are related and the terms used by the ancestors are a testament to that. Hone's talk will explain this quintessential interrelationship through narrative and terminology, for example the word for land ‘whenua’ is the same word Māori use for the placenta in that both sustain life.
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