Joint New Zealand and Australia Meeting of Humboldt Fellows, Wellington November 2017

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Location and timetable

Start: 3pm Friday, November 17, 2017
End: 2pm Sunday, November 19, 2017
Location of meeting: Royal Society of NZ Building, 11 Turnbull St, Wellington 6011

Theme:  Our changing world in the South Pacific

The meeting will seek to address this topic broadly, encompassing the following.

  • How do we face the manifold challenges of the future?
  • What is the impact of long-term migration on culture?
  • How do we tackle the impact of climate change on fragile ecosystems and economies?
  • How do we prepare for aging societies with associated illness?
  • How does science help with addressing health and dietary needs of society?
  • How do we support the humanities, literature and “blue sky” research against relentless “commercial” pressures?
  • How do we harness technology effectively while protecting privacy?

The participants will cover a broad range of disciplines, including a wide representation of Australian and New Zealand academics. We have also invited speakers who have significant impact on public policy; distinguished guest researchers from Germany;
early career researchers and potential Humboldt applicants; and representatives of organisations with strong cultural and other links to Germany. We seek to achieve the Humboldt vision of a broad scientific and intellectual endeavour.

Invited Speakers
We framed the overall theme by inviting the following plenary speakers:

  • Professor Juliet Gerrard (Chair of Marsden Council of New Zealand)
  • Dr Dave Lowe (MBIE Coordinator for NZ-Germany Science)
  • Professor Christopher Kellett (Newcastle)
  • Professor Laura Parry (Melbourne)
  • Professor Dame Anne Salmond (Auckland)

We are delighted to welcome the following distinguished German researchers.

  • Professor Hans-Helmuth Gander (Freiburg)
  • Professor Zoya Ignatova (Hamburg)
  • Professor Kai Matuscheski (Humboldt University, Berlin)
  • Professor Guenter Ziegler (Free University, Berlin)

Dr Katrin Amian will represent the Humboldt Foundation.

Contributed talks
There is also an opportunity for a limited number of contributed talks. Please provide title and short abstract for the talk as part of your registration form. Preference will be given to talks which contribute broadly to the chosen theme. The organising committee will notify you of its decision in  September and a full program will be available then.

Accommodation

Be warned: a major rugby league event takes place in Wellington on Saturday 18 November, so the city will be busy, and accommodation will be incredibly expensive or non-existent. So act now!

We have made arrangements to hold a limited number of rooms at four hotels which are convenient to the conference venue. The rooms are available from Thursday until Sunday. All remaining rooms will be released on August 31.

We recommend strongly that you act immediately to book rooms!  Below find contact details for these hotels; follow the “Link to book” to reserve the rooms and “special offers” they hold for participants at this meeting.

We also recommend that you use standard hotel and accommodation search engines since they may provide different / better / more suitable options.

Registration
We will open registration on  July 1; a form will be available here.

Participants and Timetable
A list of participants and timetable will be available here in September.

Social events

  • A catered reception will be held at the residence of the German Ambassador on Friday evening, 17 November,  from 1900. Buses will take participants between the RSNZ Building and Ambassador’s residence.
  • The conference dinner will be held in the ICON Restaurant at Te Papa Museum on Saturday evening, 18 November, from 1900.
  • Morning / afternoon tea and lunch will be provided at the conference venue.

Numbers for both dinners are limited so we encourage you to register early to guarantee a place.

We ask Humboldtians to contribute to the costs of these events by paying $150.

We also ask for $100 payment for an accompanying person attending dinner.

New and emerging researchers: Financial support

We expect that about 1/3 of the participants will be new and emerging researchers. It’s a splendid opportunity to discuss options with representatives of the Humboldt Foundation, obtain advice on related matters from experienced researchers, and to identify possible hosts for a research stay in Germany. It also provides an excellent opportunity to identify potential “local” collaborators.

Thanks to the generosity of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, we guarantee funding up to the following limits to support your participation.

  • NZ$300 as a contribution to your local costs in Wellington.
  • NZ$125 to cover travel costs within New Zealand.
  • NZ$500 to cover travel costs from Australia.

Payments will be made on production of receipts and after the meeting. We also waive the cost to you of attending the two associated dinners. As part of registration, we ask for a contribution of NZ$50 to demonstrate your commitment to taking part.

Financial support for Humboldtians

Some of the costs of the conference are funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  Once the total costs associated with running the meeting and supporting new and emerging researchers are covered, all remaining funding will be used to reimburse participants.  The level of reimbursement will depend on the final number of participants and total costs, and will occur only after the meeting.

Sponsors

The principal sponsor of the meeting is the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. We also acknowledge gratefully financial support from the German Embassy in New Zealand.

Tourism activities

We recommend you consider one of the following highlights:

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa   

Zealandia Ecosanctuary

Last updated 23 June 2017