Free public lecture series

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:

UC Connect: Making Scents: the art & science of perfume

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. 

UC Connect - Little genes, big conservation

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.

UC Connect - Maths, Science & Law in the fight against Covid-19

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 

Building a better brain with nutrition

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.

New Zealand, the EU and Brexit: What next?

This talk looks at New Zealand’s relationship with Europe and the potential impact of Brexit on New Zealand, presented by Senior Lecturer Dr Serena Kelly, Deputy Director of the National Centre for Research on Europe, University of Canterbury.

Left to their own devices: Parenting in a digital world

Our ability to connect and communicate helps us to thrive and contribute to society in meaningful ways. What can parents do today to ensure a bright future for our tamariki in a fast-changing digital world?

Tackling knock-on effects of concussion - can we make rugby safer?

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

Radical Languages - Writers Behrouz Boochani & Vana Manasiadis challenge monolingualism

Presented by UC Arts writers-in-residence Behrouz Boochani and Vana Manasiadis, moderated by Professor Philip Armstrong.

Pandemics, protests, and populists: the 2020 presidential election

Associate Professor Amy Fletcher, Political Science and International Relations, UC Arts

Shaved heads and sonnenrads

Presented by Director of Criminal Justice and Senior Lecturer Dr Jarrod Gilbert and Ben Elley, PhD candidate in Sociology, UC Arts

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