When: Thursday May 12, 5 pm-6:30pm
Where: Auditorium, Auckland Museum
Cost: free – bookings required. Please register attendee names at friends.events@aucklandmuseum.com or call 09 3026249 or 09 3067923.

What is the first duty of scientists in a crisis – to the government that funds them, to the employer who pays them, or to the wider public, desperate for information? And what if these obligations clash?

On May 12 Te Pūnaha Matatini, a Centre of Research Excellence, is bringing together researchers and journalists to explore the role of scientists in times of public need.

Professor Shaun Hendy, Director of Te Pūnaha Matatini, finds that in New Zealand, the public obligation of the scientist is often far from clear and that there have been many disturbing instances of scientists being silenced.

Shaun leads the conversation that was prompted by research for his new book, Silencing Science. On the panel, Shaun is joined by Drs Siouxsie Wiles and Matheson Russell from the University of Auckland, and Radio New Zealand science broadcaster Veronika Meduna. Moderating the panel discussion is freelance journalist and writer Damian Christie.

Shaun’s book Silencing Science, published by Bridget Williams Books and out May 12, will be available to purchase at the end of the discussion.

Bookings essential.
To ensure a seat please register at friends.events@aucklandmuseum.com or call 09 3026249 or 09 3067923.