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World renowned experts confirmed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Tuesday 23 March 2010
NZ International Science Festival 6-11 July 2010

World renowned experts confirmed 

Two world renowned experts have been confirmed for the 2010 New Zealand International Science Festival. Everyday Science; food for thought is the theme for the festival, taking place this year in Dunedin from 6-11 July.

In keeping with the theme, the visiting experts have expertise associated with environmental issues and health.

Key Points:

The two experts are Tim Jarvis, AM, a British environmental scientist, adventurer and author with Masters degrees in environmental science and environmental law; and Mr Andrew Greensmith, a University of Otago graduate with a degree in medicine and qualified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, FRACS in 2001.

Tim Jarvis

Tim Jarvis was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to environment, community and exploration in the 2010 Australian honours list. He is committed to finding pragmatic solutions to major environmental issues including climate change mitigation and adaptation, and unsustainable land use. Tim uses his public speaking engagements, films and books about his expeditions/work to promote progress/thinking in these areas in addition to working as a sustainability adviser on multilateral aid projects for organisations including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank & AusAID.
Tim’s most recent expedition was a retracing of polar explorer Sir Douglas Mawson’s polar journey of 1912/13. The modern expedition used the same clothing, equipment and starvation rations as Mawson on a journey where both of his colleagues died.
Andrew Greensmith

Mr Andrew Greensmith is a plastic surgeon that has published on a broad range of topics covering aesthetic facial surgery and paediatric plastic surgery in peer reviewed journals/books. He has special interests in facial aesthetic surgery, including rhinoplasty, reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery, ear deformities, skin cancer and general hand surgery.
Andrew is better known for his recent work at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne in the successful separation of conjoined twins Krishna and Trishna, from Bangladesh. Andrew is based in Melbourne, as a consultant at the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne.
New Zealand International Science Festival President Mike Harte says the festival is the only one of its kind in New Zealand, which aims to open up the world of science to everyone.

"The festival provides an opportunity for New Zealanders to take part in informative and fun events, allowing attendees to explore real issues and hear first hand from global experts".

An exciting programme of events, ticket sales, VIPs, and additional speakers are yet to be announced. Visit www.scifest.org.nz for more information.
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