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Materials: Fact or Fiction - MacDiarmid Institute RLS 2020

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  • Mon 21 Sep, 6:00pm – 7:00pm


EIT, Taradale, 501 Gloucester Street, Taradale, Napier


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Join us for ‘Materials: Fact or Fiction’, this year's Regional Lecture Series from the MacDiarmid Institute, where MacDiarmid researchers delve into the periodic table to give us their scientific take on whether these could be reality in a not too far off future.

Dr Mike Price, a MacDiarmid Institute postdoctoral fellow in physics at Victoria University of Wellington, will give us his take on Sting from Lord of The Rings. And Professor Penny Brothers, Principal Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute and Professor of Chemistry at the Australian National University will give us her scientific take on Nth Metal. They’ll be joined by Otago Museum science communicator Dr Claire Concannon as MC. There’ll be two talks, a three-minute animated video on the ‘science of lightsabers’, and time for Q&A. Due to recent uncertainty around COVID alert levels, the MacDiarmid Institute researchers and Claire will be contributing digitally to this event, but the public is invited to attend the event in person as normal and will still have the opportunity to ask questions of our speakers.

The event will take place in Hawke’s Bay on Monday 21st September, 6pm, in Lecture Theatre 1 at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), 501 Gloucester Street, Taradale. The Regional Lecture Series will also be held at other regional centres around the country including Wanaka, Tauranga and Nelson, so please contact us at if you would like to be informed of future events!

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