Deep South Challenge Symposium

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From September 4-6 2017, the Deep South Challenge will be holding our inaugural symposium, Understanding and Adapting to Future Climate in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The symposium will create a networking platform for stakeholders and scientists and strengthen links between researchers, enabling integration within and between the DSC programmes. There will be opportunities for in-depth and cross-disciplinary discussion, interaction and participation in a range of mini symposia.

Brief Symposium Outline

Day 1: Public and Stakeholder Day
This day will provide an update on the status of the Challenge for researchers, partners and Challenge stakeholders.  There will be time for stakeholders and scientists to exchange ideas and a cocktail function at Dockside Restaurant & Bar, 3 Queens Wharf

Day 2:
Science talks, posters and mini symposia

Day 3:
Science talks, posters, mini symposia and a session on the future direction of the Challenge

Check out the schedule for Day 1 here:


Sir Mark Solomon
Sir Mark is a professional director and Māori tribal leader of Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Kurī descent. He is the former Kaiwhakahaere (Chair) of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, director of Te Ohu Kaimoana (Māori Fisheries Trust), Chair of the New Zealand China Council, and a former director Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Nathan Bindoff (University of Tasmania)
Nathan Bindoff is Professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of Tasmania and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Climate System Science. He was the Coordinating Lead Author for the oceans chapter in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 4th and 5th Assessment Reports. He is also a member of the Independent Science Panel for the Deep South Challenge.

Iain White
Iain White is Professor of Environmental Planning at the University of Waikato. A TEDx speaker, Iain is interested in generating real world impacts out of research, and has worked directly with flood prone communities, policy makers and stakeholder groups. Iain works at the interface of the natural and built environments and is also involved with other national science challenges – as a Science Lead with Building, Better Homes, Towns and Cities, and as a researcher with Resilience to Natures Hazards. Iain is also a researcher in the new Centre of Research Excellence, 'QuakeCORE'.


Te Wharewaka o Pōneke
Odlins Square, Taranaki St Wharf, Wellington Waterfront

The Wharewaka sits on the waterfront facing north on the Wellington harbour. To its west is freyberg Lagoon and to the east of New Zealands National Museaum, Te Papa.

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Mon, 09/04/2017 - 08:00
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Programme type: Earth Systems Modelling and Prediction Engagement Impacts and Implications Processes and Observations Vision Mātauranga