UC Science Inspired

How science can help you change the world.

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Thinking about studying science at university? Not sure where it can lead? Come along to UC Science Inspired to find out where science can take you and how it can help you change the world.


Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Date: Tuesday 28 August 2018
Location: Epsom Girls Grammar School, Silver Road, Epsom, Auckland

UC Science Inspired is brought to you by the University of Canterbury (UC) and presented by leading UC scientists. The event includes a special guest presentation by international physicist, author and science communicator extraordinaire Laurie Winkless. It is ideal for students in Years 12 and 13 who are interested in science and thinking about their next steps.

You’ll hear about the future of science, where it’s heading, and where the jobs are going to be. You’ll also learn all about UC, what it has to offer and why it’s the best place in New Zealand to study science.

Event Programme

  • Welcome and introductions
  • UC speakers
  • Presentation by guest speaker Laurie Winkless
  • Question time
  • Tea/coffee and meeting with speakers and UC Liaison staff


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Laurie Winkless – Physicist and author (Guest speaker)

Laurie Winkless is a physicist-turned-science-writer. She has appeared on national and international media channels, including Channel4, BBC World Service, and RNZ. She regularly contributes to Forbes, and has had her work featured in Wired, Esquire, Focus, the Economist, and the Guardian. Laurie’s first book, Science and the City, was published worldwide by Bloomsbury, and has been translated into Spanish and Korean. She describes the book as her “scientific love letter to the world’s cities”. Laurie’s second book, Sticky, is in the works.

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Sally Gaw – Associate Professor and Environmental Scientist

Sally Gaw teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental science and water resource management. Sally, an environmental scientist, is also an active researcher and leads a research group of around 10 postgraduate students. She’s particularly interested in understanding what happens to chemicals in the environment and how they impact on organisms and human health. Before UC, she worked at ESR – a Crown Research Institute specialising in forensic science.

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Sarah Masters – Senior Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Studies

Sarah Masters teaches chemistry at all levels – from basic introductory chemistry through to postgraduate level. Her passion for the subject was ignited at secondary school, where she loved finding out why reactions happen, why materials have the properties they do and what happens when chemicals react. A Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry, Sarah is an active researcher whose work is contributing to innovations in everything from clean energy solutions to new pharmaceuticals. Before UC, Sarah was a Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

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Rudi Marquez – Professor and Head of School, Physical and Chemical Sciences

Rudi Marquez is an entrepreneur and experienced higher education leader. Before UC, he was the Head of the Department of Chemistry and Chair of the Faculty of Science at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. Rudi is also a co-founder and acting director of Tissue Repair Technologies (TRT) – a company developing new technologies to enhance wound healing.  Rudi’s research interests are at the interface between synthetic organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and molecular and cell biology, with an emphasis on diabetes, parasitology and water quality.

Contact Us

For more information, please email outreach@canterbury.ac.nz.