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Thomas Cawthron Memorial Lecture 2017 - Professor Bruce Clarkson

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Annesbrook Church

40 Saxton Road West

Stoke, Nelson 7011

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Jonathon Porritt sincerely regrets that he is unable come to New Zealand next week. Instead, he will be in hospital (UK) dealing with a knee issue. Jonathon is hugely apologetic and very disappointed that he can’t be with us in Nelson. However, he is hopeful of engaging with the community in the ‘top of the south’ during 2018.

We have been able to secure NZ researcher and ecologist Professor Bruce Clarkson to present a lecture next week titled: Bringing indigenous nature back into New Zealand cities’ and we are very grateful to Professor Clarkson for making himself available at such short notice.

You are invited to attend the lecture, which will be preceded by chamber music items from the Goya Ensemble. The evening will conclude with a light supper.

Admission to the lecture is only by presentation of a complimentary ticket per person, which you can obtain here.

Professor Clarkson is the University of Waikato's Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research. He is recognised as one of New Zealand's foremost authorities on ecological restoration. He currently leads an MBIE funded research programme People, Cities and Nature: restoring indigenous nature in urban environments. This cross disciplinary research programme is extending activity to eight New Zealand cities including Nelson.

For over three decades, Professor Clarkson has worked tirelessly to advance plant ecology and vegetation processes, inform conservation efforts in terrestrial, freshwater and urban environments, and support effective on-the-ground restoration practice. In 2006 he was awarded the Loder Cup, New Zealand's premier conservation award. In 2016, he received the Charles Fleming Award for Environmental Achievement, in particular the sustainable management of the New Zealand environment.

This year marks 100 years since the first Cawthron Memorial Lecture. The Cawthron lecture series was established in 1917 to commemorate the legacy of Sir Thomas Cawthron and to communicate the achievements of scientists. In keeping with the wishes of Thomas Cawthron, the lectures aim to foster and celebrate the development of research, science and technology.

Presented each year for the people of Nelson, the Cawthron Memorial Lecture has featured many distinguished scientists and scholars who have shared their knowledge on a range of subjects. Past speakers include Sir Edmund Hilary, Sir Ernest Rutherford, Professor Lord Robert Winston and the Right Hon Helen Clark.


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