Auckland Conversations is a speaker event that presents both national and international keynote speakers. All speakers are leaders in their areas of expertise and can inspire, influence and inform both the public and council officers.
Each speaker will present on topics that relate to the vision and issues facing Auckland to become the world’s most liveable city, and endorse the planning, economic, environmental and policy strategies as set out in the Auckland Plan, City Centre Master Plan and Economic Development Strategy.
This programme is an initiative of the Chief Planning Office, Auckland Council.
Event topic scope:
- Design - urban design, architecture, place making and city/town/waterfront planning.
- Economic development drivers and influencers - innovation, transport, tourism, socio-economic issues.
- Heritage - natural, cultural and built heritage.
- Environment - eco-city sustainability initiatives and issues.
Professor Sir Peter Gluckman - Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of NZ
New Zealand's Climate Change and Oceans
Thursday 12 December, doors open 5pm, presentation 5.30pm
Lower NZI Conference Room, Aotea Centre, Auckland central
The science of climate change is both complex and evolving, and it can therefore be difficult for the general public and policy makers to navigate.
Nevertheless, it is important that we all have an understanding of the most likely scenarios ahead as greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in our oceans and atmosphere.
Climate change and associated ocean acidification have the potential to affect New Zealand directly and indirectly over the coming years. Many decisions will be required at both national and local levels, and within both the public and private sectors. These decisions will need to be made in the face of inevitable and unresolvable degrees of scientific uncertainty.
Read New Zealand's Changing Climate and Oceans Report.
Professor Sir Peter Gluckman was the founding Director of the Liggins Institute and is one of New Zealand’s best known scientists.
His research has won him numerous awards and international recognition including Fellowship of the Commonwealth’s most prestigious scientific organisation, The Royal Society (London). He is the only New Zealander elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science (USA) and the Academy of Medical Sciences of Great Britain.
In 2009 he became a Knight of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to medicine and having previously been made a Companion of the Order in 1997. In 2001 he received New Zealand’s top science award, the Rutherford Medal. In July 2009 he was appointed as the first Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Professor Sir Gluckman is an international advocate for science, promoting the translation of discoveries in biomedical research into improvements in long-term health outcomes.
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