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The Future of Science Engagement – A Practitioner Perspective

Join Prime Minister's Science Communication Prize recipients, Dr Michelle Dickinson MNZM – aka Nanogirl – and Dr Ian Griffin, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Science Advisor Professor Hamish Spencer, together with science engagement leaders Dr Barbara Anderson (Ahi Pepe MothNet) and Professor Peter Dearden (Lab in a Box) to discuss the future of science engagement in New Zealand. Chaired by Dr Victoria Metcalf (National Coordinator, Participatory Science Platform) the panel reflects on their experiences of connecting and inspiring the public with science, and the challenges and opportunities looking forward.

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A recipe for mice – life before microscopes

Here Science Communicator Claire Concannon continues our series introducing the science associated with some of the exciting new interactives in the soon-to-open Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre.

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The eye of the storm

Here’s the latest instalment in our series introducing the science associated with some of the exciting new interactives in the soon-to-open Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre. Living Environments Communicator Eden Gray explains the inner workings of tornadoes.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were swept up into the eye of a tornado?

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The Month Ahead @ OM: November

The end of the year is looming fast and November offers a great chance to get to the Museum for some of our special happenings before things get really busy!

The Museum’s highlight of the year continues: our popular Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters from Gondwana Studios is wowing visitors with its life-size animatronics, fossil dig-pits and stunning artwork that offers a glimpse into the deep past. Special Exhibitions Gallery. Paid admission.

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2018 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition

The 19th annual Otago Wildlife Photography Competition opens for entries from Otago residents on Monday 13 November 2017.

Open to all amateur photographers and videographers living in Otago, the 2018 competition is once again open for submissions across Animal, Plant, Human Impact on the Environment, Pets, and Night Skies photo categories, as well as the Wildlife in Action video category.

Supported by Jonathan’s Photo Warehouse, Canon, and the Otago Daily Times, the competition is a stage to showcase your creative talent behind the lens as you explore the natural world.

The overall photography winner will receive a Canon EOS 77D 18-135 kit, worth $2,299, with the individual photography category winners and highly commended entries being awarded vouchers from Jonathan’s Photo Warehouse. The video category winner will receive a GoPro camera.

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Meet Weekend Supervisor and Front of House Officer Steven, who has been giving Otago Museum visitors a warm welcome since he joined the Museum a year ago.

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Facial reconstruction of an Egyptian mummy

How did this mummy end up in Otago Museum? Over 100 years ago, in 1894, the Otago Museum received an Egyptian mummy. We don’t know much about its provenance, except that Bendix Hallenstein, one of the Museum’s early benefactors, bought it for the Museum from the German Consul in Luxor, Egypt. He was told that it had come from within Thebes, the ancient city that Luxor was built around.  Who was the mummy? The hieroglyphics on the outside of the coffin tell us little about who this person was. From radiology images obtained by scanning her body in the year 2000, we know that she was an elderly woman. It is...

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Egyptian mummy press release

Press release for the facial reconstruction of resident Egyptian mummy

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The Month Ahead @ OM: October

School holidays, and the Museum is abuzz with activity! October offers plenty of events and activities to inspire and excite!
The absolute highlight is the fantastic Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters exhibition – a travelling exhibition from Gondwana Studios. It brings the past back to life with fossilised skeletons and life-size animatronic models of the animals that ruled the world millions of years before the age of dinosaurs. The exhibition also blends art and science with a collection of new artwork that offers a glimpse...

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Lighten up!

Welcome to the second in our blog series introducing the science behind some of the new interactives to be revealed when the Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre opens in December. Here, Science Communicator Catriona Gower sheds some light on light! An absence of light means everything appears completely dark, effectively black, yet light is not simply white. Nor is it grey! So what is it? Let’s start at the beginning, and the source of all our energy: the sun. The sun floods us with light and heat (forms of energy) that all life on Earth depends on. The sun produces this energy with a whole range (or spectrum) of wavelengths. Some...

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