Podcast, Science and Society, Technology

TOSP Episode 20: February 14th 2012

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site]

Greetings, TOSP listeners!

This week’s podcast is a teensy bit late (heh), and a little different to usual as it was the first we’ve done and edited ‘On the Road’.

We (well, Elf - aimee was driving like a loon between Auckland and Wellington as practice for the Rally) travelled to Christchurch to chat to some of New Zealand’s young emerging scientists from both MESA (the MacDiarmid Emerging Scientists Association) and Chiasma ostensibly to pose some of the BIG science questions being bandied around at the moment to see how NZ’s next generation of scientists would handle them. Their responses might surprise you!

We asked them about where they would see the future of science in New Zealand and the world over the next 50 years, debated whether or not it’s possible to do ‘world class’ science in NZ, discussed why so many of NZ’s skilled graduates leave our shores, picked winners for tomorrow world changing technologies and enquired as to where young scientists fit into the new push for innovation in science in NZ.

We would like to extend a huge thanks to our guests: Ben Mallet (CEO Chiasma WGTN and MESA), Shrividya Ravi (MESA), Alec Le Grow (MESA and Chiasma), Anna Henning (MESA) and Jack Grigg (MESA) for participating.

DISCLAIMER: All opinions expressed during this interview are those of the speakers alone and do not represent those of the MacDiarmid Institute, MESA, Chiasma, TOSP, Sciblogs or any other affiliated organizations.


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MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

MESA - MacDiarmid Emerging Scientists Association

Chiasma - Linking students and Enterprize

Other interesting science news from this week


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