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UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science

The UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science is an international distinction recognising an individual’s work (generally as a writer, editor, lecturer, radio/television/web programme director or film producer) in communicating science, research and technology to the general public. The successful candidate is expected to have knowledge of the role of science, technology and general research… Read more »

Holocaust remembrance in Wellington

Robyn Baker attended her first event as Chair of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO at the observance of United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Wellington on 27 January.   The serene rural surroundings at the Jewish Cemetery, Makara, were backdrop for the event, where Robyn and other dignitaries laid commemorative stones. In… Read more »

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature activities

Literature continues to be a vibrant part of Dunedin life. Here’s a taste of what’s been happening in the UNESCO City of Literature lately, and a preview of the year ahead. Poems in the Waiting Room The Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ) project, based in Dunedin, distributes 8000 free poetry cards every season to… Read more »

Improving water quality in Samoa

A major project aimed at assessing and improving water quality in Samoa has been in operation this year, with support from the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. A team of researchers from Massey University’s Pacific Research and Policy Centre have been working with Pacific Island researchers led by Patila Amosa from the National University… Read more »

Beeby Fellowship to create mental health education resource

The Beeby Fellowship for 2016-2017 has been won by a university researcher and a secondary school teacher, who will collaborate on a mental health education teaching resource for students in Years 7-13. Associate Professor Katie Fitzpatrick (pictured left), an internationally recognised authority in health education from the University of Auckland, and Kat Wells, head of… Read more »

Million Dollar Mouse protects world heritage

A major pest control operation that has required three years of planning is underway in the Antipodes Island, one of the Sub-Antarctic Islands UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Called ‘Million Dollar Mouse’, the project is one of the most complex island eradication operations ever attempted by the Department of Conservation (DOC). It has faced a number… Read more »

Vicki Soanes appointed Secretary General

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is delighted to announce Vicki Soanes’ appointment to the position of Secretary General. Vicki has been Acting Secretary General for the past nine months. She was originally recruited to the Secretariat six years ago as the Programme Officer for education and youth. During that time Vicki has led a… Read more »

Meet our new Natural Science Commissioner, Geoff Hicks

Dr Geoff Hicks replaced Dr Bob Frame as National Commissioner for Natural Science on 13 November. Geoff recently retired from the role of Chief Scientist at the Department of Conservation where he led and advised on the development of a long-term strategic agenda for research and managed the department’s science relationships and investment activities. Trained… Read more »

Meet our new Chair, Robyn Baker

Robyn Baker’s career has been in the field of education where she has contributed as a teacher, researcher, curriculum developer, teacher educator and leader. She was the Director and CEO of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research from 2000 to 2014. As a science educator Robyn has been involved in many national developments, including… Read more »