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Royal Society Te Apārangi: February 2020

  • Calendar Icon Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Location Icon Central Library Event Central - Ground Floor
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Climate Change, Fluoride and Cannabis: The Role of Expert Advice on Issues of the Moment.
Speaker: Dr Roger Ridley: BSc (Hons) University of Otago; PhD Monash University.

In a world of social media and fake science, it is more important than ever that there are trusted independent sources of information and advice for the public and government. Royal Society Te Apārangi is seeking to fulfil this role, leveraging its multidisciplinary research networks, and engaging with government and community stakeholders to broaden its reach and relevance. I will discuss how we go about this, including how we select topics and the different ways we go about preparing and publishing the material.

Dr Roger Ridley leads a team at Royal Society Te Apārangi that prepares and publishes information and advice on important matters to government and the public.

The first half of Dr Ridley's career was as an atmospheric scientist, first as a meteorologist in MetService and then as a senior researcher in meteorological modelling in NIWA. he subsequently switched to government and spent 15 years in senior roles related to economics, science and innovation policy, and science investment. Dr Ridley also briefly worked in Industrial Research Limited and its transition into Callaghan Innovation.

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