Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


BBC Presenter To Attend NZ International Science Festival

BBC Presenter To Attend NZ International Science Festival


Media release – Tuesday 8 May 2012


Popular British science presenter Prof Alice Roberts to attend science festival


New Zealand International Science Festival, 30 June to 8 July 2012

Alice Roberts, popular BBC presenter and professor of public engagement in science at the University of Birmingham, will attend this year’s eighth New Zealand International Science Festival. The festival will be held in Dunedin from 30 June to 8 July 2012.

After making her television debut as human bone specialist on Channel 4's Time Team, in 2001 Roberts went on to become a science presenter on BBC2, drawing on her expertise and passion for science, medicine and anthropology. In addition to being part of the original presenting team on BBC2's Coast, she has fronted several series and programmes including Don't Die Young, The Incredible Human Journey, Wild Swimming, Digging for Britain, Horizon ('Are we still evolving?'), and Origins of Us.

Prof Roberts has also written several popular science books. She enjoys art, producing original illustrations for Don't Die Young and The Incredible Human Journey, and advised on the anatomy artwork for another BBC2 show, The Complete Human Body.

She is excited by the opportunity to be part of the festival and admits this will be her first visit to Dunedin, New Zealand.

“I’ve been involved with the Cheltenham Festival of Science in the UK for many years, and I’ve heard about the New Zealand International Science Festival via colleagues. I’m very excited about being part of the festival line-up for 2012, and I’m looking forward to visiting Dunedin and sharing my passion for science and anthropology.”

New Zealand International Science Festival Director Chris Green said the festival team is delighted to have a science communicator of Prof Robert’s calibre on board for 2012.

“Having Professor Alice Roberts attend the festival as part of our international line-up will bring a different dimension to our programme of activities. Alice has a wealth of experience as a science presenter and her events will attract a wide range of audiences – through the use of art, public presentations and inspiring hands-on workshops.”

In keeping with the festival theme of ‘what makes us tick?’, Prof Roberts will present a public demonstration of anatomical body painting, with a focus on muscle anatomy and function. Other events in the festival programme include a kids’ workshop, ‘meet your skeleton’; a public talk on ‘the subject of human anatomy and evolution; a workshop for teens and adults exploring the theme of ‘skulls and teeth’; and a ‘women in science’ breakfast.

Details of ticket sales and other visiting experts are yet to be announced.
The British High Commission has made Prof Robert’s visit to the festival possible with their generous support.
The 2012 New Zealand International Science Festival is sponsored by major partners, the University of Otago and the Dunedin City Council.
Visit www.scifest.org.nz for more information.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: Alex Swney Pleads Guilty To $2.5M Fraud Charge

Alex Swney, former chief executive of the Auckland city centre business association Heart of the City, has pleaded guilty to dishonestly using documents to obtain $2.5 million. More>>

ALSO:

Petrol Burns Prices: Second Consecutive Quarterly Fall For CPI

The consumers price index (CPI) fell 0.3 percent in the March 2015 quarter, following a 0.2 percent fall in the December 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. The last time the CPI showed two consecutive quarterly falls was in the December 1998 and March 1999 quarters. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Broadcasters Launch Battle Against Global Mode ISPs

New Zealand broadcasters have confirmed they’ve launched legal proceedings against internet service providers who give customers’ access to “global mode”, which allows customers access to offshore online content, claiming it breaches the local content providers’ copyright. More>>

ALSO:

Sanford: Closure Of Christchurch Mussel Processing Plant Confirmed

The decision comes after a period of consultation with the 232 staff employed at the Riccarton site, who were told on 9 April that Sanford was considering the future of mussel processing in Christchurch. Recent weather patterns had impacted on natural spat (offspring) supply... More>>

ALSO:

Price Of Cheese: Dairy Product Prices Fall To The Lowest This Year

Dairy product prices fell in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, hitting the lowest level in the 2015 auctions so far, as prices for milk powder and butter slid amid concern about the outlook for commodities. More>>

ALSO:

Houston, We Have An Air Route: Air New Zealand To Fly Direct To The Heart Of Texas

Air New Zealand will fly its completely refitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft between Auckland and Houston up to five times a week opening up the state of Texas as well as popular nearby tourist states such as Louisiana and Florida. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Reserve Bank’s Spencer Calls On Govt To Rethink Housing Tax

The Reserve Bank has urged the government to take another look at a capital gains tax on investment in housing, allow increased high-density development and cut red tape for planning consents to address an over-heated Auckland property market. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news