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6 Inspiring Scientist

That want their knowledge to spur your ideas at Climathon.

Professor Dave Frame will be creating the context and updating us on with the latest science on Friday night.

The 5 accompanying scientist will be joining on Saturday morning to work with you to figure out the real benefit of your ideas. The impact on the climate and the positive effect it will have on peoples lives.

From 10:00 - 12:00 on Saturday morning we will have expert sessions where you will have the opportunity to meet with leading climate experts from The Deep South Challenge, Victoria University and NIWA to help unveil the real tangible benefit of your idea.

Not only is this available but you will also be able to have the same time with leading experts in business. The good people of Deloitte, Chapman Tripp, ViclinkVic Entrepreneurship Boot Camp and many others will work with you to find out where the money could come from to pay for the costs of getting your idea off the ground. 

Professor Penny Allen

Penny Allan is Professor of Landscape Architecture at Victoria Unviersity where she teaches and researches in the areas of urban and regional resilience and design. She has a background in design practice in both the public and private sector in Australia, is co-founder of the multidisciplinary design research practice, Outpost and has won numerous national and international awards including the 2013 NZILA Charlie Challenger award for ‘supreme excellence in research and planning’, and with Dr Huhana Smith, the 2015 NZILA inaugural Te Karanga o te Tui award established to recognize ‘those bodies of work that don't just reflect Te Ao Maori back to the world, but engage and embrace it as essential to its core’.

Professor Dave Frame

Dave is the Director of the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute based at Victoria University.  With a background in physics, philosophy and policy and substantial research experience in climate modelling, he is interested in the interface between climate science and public policy and how New Zealand will adapt in the coming decades.  He works closely with policy agencies on issues related to climate change, and was a Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Dr Mike Williams

Dr Mike Williams is the Director of the Deep South Challenge, a mission led science programme whose goal is to enable New Zealanders to make informed decisions in relation to climate change.  Mike’s research background is in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, and is centred on ice-ocean interaction both in sea ice, and under Antarctica’s ice shelves. He is focused on how the changing climate influences New Zealand.  

Dr Rhian Salmon

Dr Rhian Salmon gained a PhD in atmospheric chemistry, after which time she spent 18 months over-wintering as a scientist in Antarctica. She then moved into education, outreach and communication of polar and climate science with the International Polar Year 2007/08, and has remained working in science engagement ever since. She currently co-leads the Science in Society group at Victoria University of Wellington, leads the engagement programme for the Deep South Challenge, and carries out research and teaching in public engagement with science.

Professor Martin Bryant

Martin is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at VUW's School of Architecture, and a design practitioner with 30 years experience. His project work includes multi award winning large scale projects in Australia and New Zealand, on prominent sites in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter; Wellington’s waterfront; and Sydney’s Darling Harbour, Homebush Bay and Victoria Park.

His published research addresses topics such as resilience in urban design, urban ecology and design interdisciplinarity.  In 2013, with Penny Allan, he won the Charlie Challenger supreme award for excellence in research and planning; in 2016 he was the lead author for a United Nations Policy Paper for the Habitat III conference.

Chris Cameron

Chris Cameron has had a focus on climate change issues for over 10 years, including policy, analysis, reporting, engagement and research. His experience crosses international, domestic and local scales, and ranges from representing NZ at UN meetings to leading the work to assess Wellington's vulnerability to climate change impacts. He believes that real progress on climate change can only be made with collaborative action, across disciplines, across organisations, and across communities - no single individual or organisation can solve it alone. Chris is currently undertaking a Marsden funded PhD in climate science through Victoria University. His research uses information from Google [x] Project Loon balloons to verify atmospheric transport parameters used in global climate models.

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