RSNZ Te Apārangi National Lecture Series: Digital Breaths


RSNZ Te Apārangi National Lecture Series


Digital Breaths: the benefits of bioengineering


MacDiarmid Medal winner Professor Merryn Tawhai discusses how a fascination with mathematics and biology led her to developing technology for healthcare, and why New Zealand has the capability to become a world leader in this market. 


From a keen interest in biology and mathematics in her youth, Professor Merryn Tawhai is now the Director of the Medical Technologies Centre of Research Excellence (MedTech CoRE) and Deputy Director of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute at The University of Auckland.


At the 2016 New Zealand Research Honours, Merryn was awarded the MacDiarmid Medal by Royal Society Te Apārangi for her research to create anatomically detailed models of the respiratory system. The medal is awarded for outstanding scientific research that has the potential for human benefit, and the models created by Professor Tawhai provide new tools for diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of lung disease.

Lecture Venues and Dates


Rotorua | Scion, Rimu Conference Room - register for Rotorua
6pm Tuesday 17 April


Hamilton | Waikato Museum, Lecture Theatre - register for Hamilton
5:30pm Wednesday 18 April


Auckland | Auckland Museum, Auditorium - register for Auckland 
6pm Tuesday 24 April

$10 General admission, $5 Members and Friends


Palmerston North | Palmerston North Central Library, Events Central - register for Palmerston North
7:30pm Tuesday 19 June


Napier | EIT, Lecture Theatre LTH1 - register for Napier
6pm Wednesday 20 June


Wellington | Royal Society Te Apārangi, Aronui Lecture Theatre - register for Wellington
12:15pm Thursday 21 June


Nelson | Nelson Elim Christian Centre - register for Nelson
7:30pm Tuesday 26 June


Christchurch | University of Otago Christchurch, Rolleston Lecture Theatre - register for Christchurch
6:30pm Wednesday 27 June


Dunedin | Otago Museum, Hutton Theatre - register for Dunedin
5:30pm Thursday 28 June


Wanaka | Wanaka Presbyterian Community Church Centre - register for Wanaka 
6pm Friday 29 June
$5 door charge