International Symposium - 17th & 18th February 2014

Transforming Public Engagement on Controversial Science & Technology

Te Whare Tapere Iti, The Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand


Keynote Speakers

Prof J Dryzek

John Dryzek, Professor of Political Science, Australian National University, and Australian Research Council Federation Fellow. A world-leading scholar on deliberative democracy, Professor Dryzek is author or editor of several books, including The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society, Foundations and Frontiers of Deliberative Governance, and Deliberative Global Politics: Discourse and Democracy in a Divided World. He is also author or co-author of numerous articles, including 'Promethean elites encounter precautionary publics: The case of GM foods', Science, Technology & Human Values; 'The legitimacy of multilateral climate governance: A deliberative democratic approach', Critical Policy Studies; and 'Deliberative impacts: The macro-political uptake of mini-publics', Politics and Society.

Dr K Tallbear

Kim Tallbear, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. Professor TallBear is author of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). A prominent indigenous scholar, Dr TallBear, who enrolled in the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation in the US, has written extensively on Indigeneity and Technoscience with a special emphasis on the ethical, legal, and social implications of human genetic research for indigenous peoples. Dr TallBear has a PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz (working with eminent scholars, James Clifford and Donna Haraway) and has served as an elected member of the Council of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association as well as a member of the boards of numerous high-profile international academic journals and committees.

Dr L Kathlene

Lyn Kathlene, policy practitioner and trainer, and former Professor of Political Science, Colorado State University, and founding Director of Colorado Public Policy Institute.An expert in Q-methodology, Professor Kathlene has been involved in pioneering work on numerous public policy innovations in the U.S. She co-chairs the National Advisory Committee of the Leadership for Healthy Communities Initiative at the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, and is an Advisory Committee member for a National Science Foundation's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) project on water sustainability. Dr Kathlene is well-known for her work with state agencies, non-profit organisations, and local governments, in designing, implementing, and evaluating citizen participatory planning, policy and planning processes.

Prof S Hendy

Shaun Hendy, Professor of Physics at the University of Auckland and winner of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize. An accomplished scientist, Professor Hendy was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand for his research on nanotechnology in 2012 and was awarded the New Zealand Association of Scientists Research Medal in 2010. As a high-profile champion of research-industry-community interfaces, Professor Hendy is actively associated with the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, is an Industry and Outreach Fellow at Industrial Research Ltd., and is well-known for his science blogs, media commentaries, and his talks to the community.

Discussion Leaders

A Campbell

Alison Campbell is an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Waikato. A biologist and an award-winning teacher, she is well-known for her work in Science Communication and for making Science accessible to people. Her thought-provoking blog called BioBlog is very popular among secondary and tertiary students as well as among people interested in Science.

J Goven

Joanna Goven is Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Canterbury, with a research focus on the role of democratic publics in science and technology. Working on the intersections of technoscience and democracy, Dr Goven has written numerous highly-cited articles in top international journals such as Public Understanding of Science, Science as Culture, and Health Policy, and has been part of major research projects funded by the Foundation for Research Science and Technology in New Zealand.

S Howard

Stephanie Howard  is the Projects Director of the Sustainability Council of New Zealand. She has worked with civil society organisations in Europe, North America and New Zealand on emerging technologies, including genetic modification and nanotechnologies. Her analysis has centred on sustainability issues arising from these technologies and public processes for deciding how to regulate them. Her current research is on new types of GM techniques and the governance of nanotechnologies.

M Hudson

Māui Hudson is the Deputy Director of Te Kotahi Research Institute, University of Waikato. A specialist in ethics and the interface between Mātauranga Māori and Science, he is the leader of a major Health Research Council-funded project on Maori views on biobanking and genomic research.  He is the co-author of Te Ara Tika: Guidelines on Māori Research Ethics – a framework for researchers and ethics committee members.  In his role as a research developer, he provides cultural and ethical advice to researchers.

S Morrison

Sandy Morrison is Associate Dean/Pukenga Matua, School of Maori and Pacific Development, University of Waikato. An expert on Maori culture in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand, she is well known for her work on indigenous models of development partnerships under the Treaty of Waitangi. She is also the winner of the National Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award for sustained excellence in a Kaupapa Māori Context.

R Widick

Richard Widick, is the Co-Director of the International Institute for Climate Action and Theory, University of California, Santa Barbara. Author of Trouble in the Forest: California's Redwood Timber Wars (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), Dr Widick’s work integrates global studies and cultural sociology with media and environmental theory. He has a strong interest in issues of climate change and new technologies and has carried out fieldwork at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties in Durban, South Africa, in 2011, and at Doha, Qatar, in 2012.

Session Chairs

Kristiann Allen, Chief of Staff, Prime Minister’s Science Advisory Committee

Goetz Laible, Senior Scientist, AgResearch

Vish Vishwanath, Director, Vintara Consultants

Mariska Wouters, Senior Policy Analyst, Environmental Risk and Innovation, Ministry for the Environment

Betty-Ann Kelly, Senior Policy Analyst, Ministry of Health

Priya Kurian, Associate Professor, Political Science and Public Policy, University of Waikato

Debashish Munshi, Professor, Management Communication, University of Waikato

Leonie Pihama, Associate Professor and Director, Te Mata Punenga o Te Kotahi, University of Waikato

Stacy Scott, Senior Advisor, New Organisms, Environmental Protection Authority

Featured Artist

M Simms

Meliors Simms is a former policy analyst turned contemporary artist, science fiction poet and blogger. Her work is strongly influenced by the environmental sciences particularly as they relate to human influences on environmental change. She is engaged in a long-term project called Living in the Anthropocene, focusing on the current geological age and the visible effects of human activities on future geological records. Her responses to the issues raised within this theme are expressed with slow hand-craft techniques and (mostly) repurposed natural materials. Meliors won the National Contemporary Fibre Arts Award in 2012.

M Simms Artwork

M Simms Artwork



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