Thomas Cawthron Memorial Lecture.

Our flagship event each year is the Thomas Cawthron Memorial Lecture, a popular event established in 1917 to commemorate the memory and legacy of Thomas Cawthron.

Through these lectures, we aim to foster and celebrate the development of research, science and technology in New Zealand.

Inspiring Nelson since 1917

Presented each year for the people of Nelson, the Thomas Cawthron Memorial Lecture has featured many distinguished scientists and scholars who have shared their knowledge on a wide range of subjects. Past speakers include Sir Edmund Hilary, Sir Ernest Rutherford and Professor Lord Robert Winston.

2017 Memorial Lecture

There has been a change to the lecturer for this year, Jonathon Porritt sincerely regrets that he is unable come to New Zealand next week. Instead, he will be in hospital (UK) dealing with a knee issue. Jonathon is hugely apologetic and very disappointed that he can’t be with us in Nelson. However, he is hopeful of engaging with the community in the ‘top of the south’ during 2018.

We have been able to secure NZ researcher and ecologist Professor Bruce Clarkson to present a lecture next week titled: Bringing indigenous nature back into New Zealand cities and we are very grateful to Professor Clarkson for making himself available at such short notice.

Professor Clarkson is the University of Waikato's Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research. He is recognised as one of New Zealand's foremost authorities on ecological restoration. He currently leads an MBIE funded research programme People, Cities and Nature: restoring indigenous nature in urban environments.

To register for our 2017 lecture, click here.

Records of past memorial lectures have been kept since the first one was held in 1917. Until 2010, lectures were published as written transcripts. Today, they are recorded and made available as videos.

Click here to view or download memorial lectures.

Thomas Cawthron Memorial Lecture 2017

NZ researcher and ecologist Professor Bruce Clarkson presents "Bringing indigenous nature back into New Zealand cities"

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