Annual General Meeting of 2024

Hawke’s Bay Branch of the Royal Society’s 2024 AGM will be held at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 25 June, at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Dalton Street, Napier

This year is particularly special as we celebrate our 150th anniversary, and we are eager to share this milestone with you.Your participation is invaluable, and we look forward to hearing your insights and contributions during the meeting.

All members are welcome, and encouraged, to attend. An invitation and Agenda will be sent to all members prior to the meeting.

Storm Stories: The Impact of Ex-Tropical Cyclones on New Zealand

Speaker: Dr Kathleen Kozyniak, Team Leader Air & Land Science of HBRC

Date: Tuesday, 25 June 2024, 6pm

Venue: Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (159 Dalton Street, Napier)

Admission: Gold coin donation

Join us for an enlightening public talk, presented by Kathleen, an experienced meteorologist. This session explores the transformation of tropical cyclones into mid-latitude storms as they migrate into New Zealand’s waters, bringing with them extreme weather that has left a mark on the country. Kathleen will delve into the science of these storms’ evolution and the severe weather phenomena they spawn, highlighting their historical impacts on New Zealand.

Kathleen, a Napier native, returned to her hometown in 2010 after earning a PhD from Bristol University and serving as a meteorologist and forecaster at NZ Metservice. Currently, she is the Team Leader Air and Land Science at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, overseeing initiatives in air quality, climate, climate change, land science, and terrestrial biodiversity. This talk promises to offer valuable insights from Kathleen’s extensive research and professional experiences in meteorology.

Earth, a Cosmic Spectacle: A Unique Intersection of Art and Science

Speaker: Louise Beer

Date: Thursday, 22 August 2024, 6pm

Venue: Napier Sailing Club, 63 West Quay, Ahuriri, Napier

Admission: Gold coin donation

Join us for a fascinating lecture by Louise Beer as she delves into her artistic practice and discusses the philosophical and biological impacts of light pollution. Drawing from her British Council Connections Through Culture project, “Earth, a Cosmic Spectacle,” Louise will share insights from her collaboration with Dr. Ian Griffin from Tūhura Otago Museum. This event promises to blend art and science in an extraordinary way.

Supported by Royal Society Te Apārangi, the Hawke’s Bay Branch, and the British Council New Zealand and the Pacific, this lecture will highlight how Louise’s experience under varying night skies informs her work, examining our symbolic visual connection to the cosmos amidst increasing light pollution.

Image source: Louise Beer

Louise Beer is an artist and curator from Aotearoa New Zealand, currently working between London, Margate, and Aotearoa. Her multidisciplinary approach, which includes installation, moving image, photography, writing, participatory works, and sound, explores humanity’s evolving understanding of Earth’s environments and the cosmos. Sponsored by the British Council, this event will highlight how her experience under varying night skies informs her work, examining our symbolic visual connection to the cosmos amidst increasing light pollution.

Generative AI – a lecture series in May and June 2023

Four lectures on this topical and important subject are being broadcast free of charge by the Faculty of Science, University of Auckland

Thursday, 11 May: 2023 Gibbons Online Lecture – AI and the New Creative Revolution

The 2023 Gibbons Lectures series is intended to describe ongoing research in Computer Science to a wider public, organized by Faculty of Science, University of Auckland.

Tim Gibson, Stolen Glances Studio

Thursday 11 May, 6:30pm

Venue: Lib B15 Lecture Theatre General Library Basement, (109-B15) The University of Auckland 5 Alfred Street, Auckland CBD, register your place here.

This lecture will be available to livestream here.

Generative Artificial Intelligence like ChatGPT and its visual equivalents Dall-E, Midjourney and Stable Diffusion have shaken up the creative workforce, often producing industry level copywriting, editing, illustration and design at a fraction of the time and cost of a human worker. Their capabilities have set off a technological arm’s race at the world’s largest tech companies while simultaneously building a user base of enthusiasts faster than the most popular social media platforms.

What can Generative AI be used for, how powerful is it really, how could it be used ethically, and what impact will it have on our creative industries and the people who work for and engage with them?

What could a world look like where creativity is ‘free’? 

In this talk, Tim will showcase some of the current technologies’ capabilities, the hot takes and debates from within the creative industries and attempt to predict what is next for creative Generative Artificial Intelligence.

Tim Gibson is a Creative Director, Animator and Illustrator who has worked for companies big and small across film, television, comics, branding and packaging design. His work has appeared for Garage Project, Weta Workshop, Le Monde Diplomatique, Penguin Random-House, Te Papa Tongarewa and more.