Tauhere | UC Connect - free thinking
Sharing knowledge and spreading ideas – Tauhere | UC Connect is here to grow your mind.
The University of Canterbury has been connecting local people with global thinking and expanding minds since 1873. We believe in the value of ideas that make a difference.
UC’s popular free public lecture series, Tauhere | UC Connect offers topical, educational public lectures by experts in their fields and leading thinkers from Christchurch, Canterbury and beyond. Offered both online and in person throughout the year, we’ve got a free talk for you – ranging from arts, politics and culture to science, business and law.
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We aim to make all UC public lectures available online subject to permission from the speaker/s and other considerations. Videos of UC Connect talks are usually available about a week after the live event.
To watch more than 150 UC public talks from the last decade, visit our YouTube channel or click below to watch one of our recent talks:
Professor Fee, who is perfumer and director of Christchurch's only artisanal perfumery, will describe how almost anyone can quickly grasp the various catergories of aromachemicals - something that would normally take years to learn by classical training. The academic turned perfumer will discuss how he used his background in science and engineering to bring the art of perfume design to the people of Christchurch.
When nature is in trouble, so are we. Nature can only thrive when biodiversity thrives, and we are facing a biodiversity crisis in in Aotearoa New Zealand. Nearly 4,000 species – many which are found nowhere else in the world – are classified as Threatened or At Risk in this country.
What do a mathematician, a chemist, an epidemiologist and a law expert have in common? These University of Canterbury (UC) academics are all involved in vital aspects of the global fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Professor John Hopkins, UC School of Law
Professor Michael Plank, Mathematics and Statistics, UC Engineering
Associate Professor Arindam Basu, School of Health Sciences, UC Education Health & Human Development
Associate Professor Deborah Crittenden, School of Physical & Chemical Sciences, UC Science
This talk will review the ground-breaking research over the past decade, uncovering an alarming picture of declining food quality as risk factors for all kinds of psychiatric problems. the Director of Te Puna Toiora | the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Lab at UC, Clinical Psychology Professor Julia Rucklidge describes practical ways to use nutrition to better feed the brain.
University of Canterbury (UC) researchers are tackling the knock-on effects of playing rugby by engineering a better way to protect young players’ brains from concussion. Spearheading the research is Professor Nick Draper, Sports Science of UC’s College of Education, Health and Human Development
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