The Naked Scientist Live

If you’re interested in science and technology then ‘The Naked Scientist Live’ broadcast is not to be missed. AUT University scientists are set to take listeners behind the scenes of their research in a live broadcast on Saturday 9 August 2014 via radio and video feed.

Cambridge University lecturer Dr Chris Smith (of The Naked Scientists fame), will join forces with Simon Morton, the host of Radio New Zealand’s This Way Up programme, to host a lively one-hour show on the current state of science and technology in New Zealand and beyond.

The event will be broadcast live from AUT University, where an audience of 200 will watch as Morton and Smith interview an illustrious line-up of scientists.

Professor Steve PointingProfessor Steve Pointing, AUT University
AUT’s Professor Steve Pointing will be taking part in the broadcast, and pondering the question of whether there is life on Mars.

Related questions he’ll consider include, how habitable is Mars? How similar is the Martian environment to earth? How can we learn more about Mars? What is the NASA’s Curiosity rover currently up to on Mars? And what does all this have to do with New Zealand?

Professor Pointing has been working with NASA’s Ames Research Center for over ten years, leading projects that interrogate the diversity and adaptations of life to conditions in Mars-like environments. 

His recent work at AUT University has focused on the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, where microbes thrive in sandstone despite the hostile conditions. He is also involved in NASA’s 2020 Curiosity rover mission to Mars.

Material from the show will also be featured by BBC Radio 5 Live, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

You can take part in The Naked Scientist Live by:

  • Joining the live audience at the Auckland or Wellington event (see full details and registration links below)
  • Listening to the live radio broadcast on Saturday 9 August from 12-1pm
  • Watching the live stream video footage of the 9 August event (tune in here from 12-1pm), and
  • Joining the conversation on Twitter via #nakedscientistsnz

Details on the starring scientists will follow soon.

Live broadcast

Saturday 9 August from 12-1pm, listen & watch at:

  • Radio New Zealand (as a special edition of ‘This Way Up’)
  • AUT University’s webpage (video stream will be available on this webpage)
Join the live audience

Auckland Event 

12-1pm Saturday 9 August 2014
The Wave Room, AUT University, Sir Paul Reeves Building WG, cnr Mayoral Drive and Governor Fitzroy Place
Register your seat via Eventbrite: Auckland: The Naked Scientist Live

Wellington Event 

6-7pm Tuesday 12 August 2014
Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place
Register your seat via Eventbrite: Wellington: The Naked Scientist Live

 ‘The Naked Scientist Live’ is being produced by Radio New Zealand National, and BBC Radio 5 Live’s ‘Naked Scientists’, in conjunction with AUT University and the Science Media Centre.


Last updated: 22-Oct-2014 11.40am

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