Hopkins Lectures

 Rod Car Hopkins Lecture

Dr Rod Carr presents the 2021 Hopkins Lecture titled Will science and engineering save civilisation? (Facebook live link)

The Hopkins Lecture encourages discussion of engineering within the profession and public understanding of engineering issues. The inaugural lecture was held in 1978 with Professor HJ Hopkins himself as speaker. It covers broad and social engineering issues rather than being purely technical. 

The Hopkins Lecture is hosted by the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering and supported by the Canterbury Branch of Engineering New Zealand.

 

Past Hopkins Lectures

2021

Dr Rod Carr
Chairperson, He Pou a Rangi | Climate Change Commission 

'Will science and engineering save civilisation?' (Facebook)

2020

Sir Ian Taylor
Founder and Managing Director - Animation Research Limited

'Covid-19 - Risk or Reward?' (Facebook)

2019

Dr Raymond Wilson
Senior Construction and Infrastructure Advisory Consultant

'Infrastructure - where would we be without it?' (youtube)

2018

Duncan Gibb
Chief Executive Officer – Australia Construction, Fulton Hogan

'The Rise of the Civic Engineer – the difference a 'C' makes' (youtube)

2017

Professor Mark Burry
Founding Director for Swinburne University of Technology's Smart Cities Research Institute

Gaudi - Structural Artist

2016

Lawrence Yule
President of Local Government New Zealand
Mayor, Hastings District Council

'Defining the Brief for Investment in Community Assets' (youtube)

2015

Graham Mitchell
CEO, Crown Fibre Holdings, NZ

'UFB - A Transformational Digital Infrastructure Platform' (youtube) 

2014

Dr Kevin Thompson
President of IPENZ

'Accountability of Professional Engineers to Communities they Serve'

2013

Nicholas Davidson
QC

'Pike River. An Accumulation of Observable Risk which Demands our Understanding' (youtube)

2012

The Right Honourable Helen Clark
ONZ, UNDP Administrator

'Building Resilience. The Importance of Prioritising Disaster Risk Reduction, A United Nations Development Programme Perspective' (youtube)

2011

Roger Sutton
Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

'Getting the Power Back on to Canterbury'

2010

Paul Jowitt
President, Institute of Civil Engineers

'Now is the Time' 

2009

David Salisbury
CEO and Managing Director of NZ Oil and Gas

'Using Technology to Unlock Oil and Gas Resources' 

2008

Geoff Henderson
Director and Chief Executive Officer of Windflow Technology

'Wind Power - One of many ways to a carbon-neutral economy' 

2007

Professor Henry Petrovski
Professor of Civil Engineering and History, Duke University

'Success and Failure in Design'

2006

Don Elder
CEO, Solid Energy

'The economy and energy: are both sustainable?'

2005

Gavin Cormack
Executive Chairman of Beca Group Ltd

'Engineering Innovation and the Creation of Lasting Value'

2004

The Honourable Pete Hodgson
Minister of Energy, Minister of Transport, Minister of Research, Science and Technology, Minister for Crown Research Institutes, Convenor of the Ministerial Group on Climate Change

'Energy Planning in New Zealand'

2003

Professor Tom O'Rourke
Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, USA

'Lessons Learned from the World Trade Centre Disaster: Critical Engineering Systems'

2002

Dr David Hopkins
Consulting Civil Structural and Earthquake Engineer, Wellington

Hopkins Lecture 2012 (8.9 MB)

2001

Sir Gil Simpson
Founder and Chief Executive Officer Aoraki Corporation Limited

'Emagine' 

2000

Professor Bob Park
Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Canterbury

'Improving the Resistance of Structures to Earthquakes' (5.4MB)

1998

Roger Estall
Chairman, New Zealand Fire Service Commission

'Engineering Improvement in Fire Risk Management'

1997

The Honourable Dr Nick Smith
Minister of Conservation

'The Greening of the Engineering Profession'

1996

Tom Schnackenberg
Auckland

Team Work and Technology in the America's Cup (PDF, 2.62 KB)

1995

Her Excellency the Governor-General Dame Catherine Tizard
'Engineering and Its Customers'

1994

The Right Honourable Professor Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Wellington

'International Law and the Global Environmental Challenge'

1993

Sir Miles Warren
Architect, Christchurch

'Engineers and Architects - Love Hate Relationship'

1992

Sir Edmund Hillary
Auckland

'Building Primitive but Effective Structures in Remote Areas'

1991

Dr Roger Blakeley
Secretary for the Environment, Wellington

'Environmental Challenges in the 1990's' 

1990

Dr Peter Troughton
Managing Director, Telecom Corporation of New Zealand Ltd, Wellington

'The Future of Telecom in New Zealand'

1989

Sir Robert Jones
Chairman, Robt. Jones Investments Ltd, Wellington

'The Case for Nuclear Power'

1988

R P Carter
Director, Beca Carter Hollings and Ferner Ltd, Auckland

'Consulting Engineering Here and Abroad'

1987

Dr A R Flint
Flint and Neill Partnership, London, England

'Structural Reliability and the Engineer'

1986

R G Norman
Retired Commissioner of Works, Wellington

'Politics and Passions : Adventures in Engineering'

1985

Sir Michael Fowler
Architect and former Mayor of Wellington

'Cities at Risk'

1984

K Piddington
Commissioner for Environment, Wellington

'The Ethic of Environmental Engineering'

1983

J Ingram
Managing Director, New Zealand Steel Ltd, Auckland

'New Zealand Steel Ltd - Opportunities and Obstacles'

1982

I B Reynolds
Director, Kingston Reynolds Thom and Allardice Ltd, Auckland

'Cast in Concrete - The Substance of New Zealand Buildings'

1981

S M J Smith
Project Engineer, Ministry of Works and Development, Twizel

'Big Can Be Beautiful: Hydro Electric Construction in the Waitaki'

1980

Professor P W Taylor
Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Auckland

'Engineers - Leaders or Followers?' 

1979

W M Duncan
Secretary of Energy, Wellington

'Energy and Engineering'

1978

Professor H J Hopkins
Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Canterbury

'A Land of Bridges - A Story of New Zealand (PDF, 8.2 MB)