Te Papa (got a brand new climate bag)

by Gareth on March 24, 2011

I’m off to Wellington next week to take part in the NZ Climate Change Research Institute‘s Climate Futures Forum being held in Te Papa on Thursday and Friday. The forum’s organised around four themes:

  • Climate change and society’s challenge
  • Communication between the science community and society
  • Human behaviour and the capacity to change
  • Towards durable decision-making

There’s a great line-up of speakers and participants: scientists David Karoly, Martin Manning and Dave Frame, science writers Fred Pearce and Erik Conway (Naomi Oreskes’ co-author on Merchants of Doubt) and many others. I’m taking part in a “café” session on the Thursday evening (giving a short 8 minute talk) and then on Friday evening joining Pearce and Conway on stage at the Soundings Theatre in the museum at 6-30pm to discuss climate communication (Sean Plunket in the chair, tickets are free). I’ll be trying to grab a few interviews for future Climate Shows, but most of all I’ll be listening and learning (and perhaps tweeting/blogging a bit, if I have time). Promises to be a fascinating few days, even if I don’t go to see the colossal squid.

Just in from the RSNZ newsletter: Professor Martin Manning, Founding Director, NZ Climate Change Research Institute, invites members of the public to attend two events which are part of the climate change forum on 31 March and 1 April.

  • Café session (free) – What can we do as individuals? – panel hosted by Ian Wedde with Gareth Renowden, Sir Lloyd Geering, Professor Bob Gifford and Dr Bronwyn Hayward. 31 March, 6.30 – 8.00pm, Te Papa.
  • Breakfast session (free) – Responding to big risks – panel hosted by Chris Laidlaw with Martin Kreft, Fred Pearce, Colin James and Professor David Karoly. 1 April, 7.00am – 8.30am, Te Papa.

For more information, and to register for the forum and these events, visit www.confer.co.nz/climate_futures – email Liz Thomas, or phone 04 463 5507.

[Update: Thursday evening Café Session and Friday business breakfast events are now free, thanks to sponsorship by the British High Commission. You’ll still need tickets though, so contact Liz for more info.]

[James Brown, of course]

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

John D March 24, 2011 at 5:17 pm

It would be interesting to hear Fred Pearce’s session. His book The Climate Files is on my to-read list.

Gareth March 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm

The contrast between Pearce and Conway will be very interesting, particularly as they are leading off the communication session.

tom March 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm


In a could be backstory link for yourself, Sean and Chris, others, the aaas February meet is now online. Familiar and less-so contributors.. allow me suggest a lookup (given time) re theme 2..

Personally I’d like see a generalist ( with specialist backstop ) approach tried. Elsewhere I’m lending some expertise in rm

John D March 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm

It would really help me if you could respond in English, or at least give me a hint as to what you are talking about.

Personally I’d like see a generalist ( with specialist backstop ) approach tried. Elsewhere I’m lending some expertise in rm

What is this? Am I not party to some secret lingo?

If you are running sessions on how to communicate with the public then you might want to think about this.

bill March 25, 2011 at 10:35 am

Smug little communications lectures from John D – satire really is dead!

tom March 24, 2011 at 10:10 pm
Kiwiiano March 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Damn! I would have liked to have gone to that conference. Am I not on the right mailing lists?

bill March 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm

(I see your James Brown and raise you Pigbag)

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