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Expert to give lecture on pure science and profit

One of the world’s leading authorities on science, Professor Sir John Cadogan, is giving a public lecture on ‘From Pure Science to Profit’ next week at Victoria University.

Professor Cadogan will discuss the role that pure science plays in innovation and creativity, and the belief that science and technology is the root of all economic and social progress. He is particularly interested in the popularisation of science and is an advocate for strong links between science and industry.

Professor Cadogan’s lecture will be held on Tuesday 23 November 1999 at 6:00pm in the Maclaurin Theatre, Victoria University.

Professor Cadogan is visiting the University as part of a New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC) conference exploring chemistry into the new millennium. Organisers are expecting 200 people to attend the conference, a leading one of its kind in New Zealand. The conference, which is part of Victoria University’s centennial celebrations, is sponsored by the NZIC, Industrial Research Limited and BRANZ.

Professor Cadogan is Visiting Professor of Chemistry at Imperial College and Honorary Professorial Fellow, University College, Swansea. He became Director of Research at British Petroleum (BP) after an outstanding career in academia.

The first Director General of Research Councils, Office of Science and Technology, Professor Cadogan has served on numerous professional bodies, boards and committees, including the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Board of Governors of the European Union Joint Research Centre and the 1993 Royal Commission on Criminal Justice. Professor Cadogan was knighted in 1991.


Professsor Sir John Cadogan will be available for media interviews from Sunday 21 November. To arrange an interview please contact Dave Bibby on 025 448 872 or Catherine Etheredge on 04 463 5108 or 025 468 817.

For more information about the NZIC Conference please contact Margaret Brown on
04 463 5946.

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