The Rotorua Branch of the Royal Society Te Apārangi
2018 Rutherford Lecture - The Life & Times of Supervolcanoes Prof. Colin Wilson, Victoria University of Wellington 2017 Rutherford Medal winner for research into understanding large, explosive supervolcanoes and the hazards they pose. Aotearoa New Zealand sits astride the Indo-Australian andPacific tectonic plates and is subject to tremendous natural forces. Usually experienced as earthquakes, Kiwis also need to keep in mind that Lake Taupō was created by the world’s most violent volcanic eruption within the last 50,000 years! Colin Wilson has gathered many accolades for studying volcanoes, and in particular, supervolcanoes. He likens his work to that of a crime scene investigator, piecing together the dual puzzle of why such cataclysmic explosions occur and why they are joined by much smaller eruptions. His aim is to forecast volcanic phenomena with enough warning so that communities can respond. But although Colin is digging deep in the Earth’s crust to find the triggering mechanisms, volcanic systems are not letting their secrets go easily… This nationwide tour is proudly presented in partnership with GNS Science, EQC and Victoria University of Wellington. ROTORUA | Tues 21 August 6pm Millennium Hotel Rotorua TAURANGA | Wed 22 August 5:30pm Tauranga Yacht and Boat Club WHAKATĀNE | Thurs 23 August 5:30pm Whakatāne Little Theatre NAPIER | Tues 28 August 6pm Napier Conference Centre Ballroom GISBORNE | Wed 29 August 6pm War Memorial Theatre TAUPŌ| Thurs 30 August 5:30pm Great Lake Centre Theatre All Welcome. Free Admission. Please register: royalsociety.org.nz/events