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Public lecture: Sustainable Transformation of Human Society


Fri 5 Sep 2014, 5:30pm–6:30pm

Where: Victoria University Memorial Theatre, Student Union Building, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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Victoria Public Lecture Series

Professor Yuan T Lee
President, International Council for Science

When: 5.30pm, Friday 5 September
Where: Memorial Theatre, Level 2, Student Union Building, Kelburn Campus, Victoria University

Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Science in partnership with Universities New Zealand invite you to attend a special public lecture to be given by Professor Yuan T Lee, President of the International Council for Science.

Sustainable Transformation of Human Society

Professor Lee will discuss how human pressure is changing our planet to the extent that within this century, the survival of mankind may come under threat.

To avoid this, Professor Lee will outline why a deep transformation to global sustainability is needed, beginning immediately with dramatic reductions in human footprint, population growth and consumption.

He will discuss how scientific research is already evolving in response to these interconnected challenges, and why the need for more research should never serve as an excuse for inaction.

As Professor Lee says, “We already know enough to act. The unprecedented threats we face dictate that we must have the fierce urgency of now. It is time to go all out.”

RSVP by Tuesday 2 September.
Phone 04-463 6016 or email with ‘sustainability lecture’ in the subject line. Spaces are limited.

About Professor Yuan T Lee
Professor Yuan T Lee is a world leader in the field of chemical dynamics. He was born and educated in Taiwan, before moving to the United States where he obtained a PhD in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1965. He then took up a position as a research fellow at Harvard in 1967 and was appointed assistant professor at the University of Chicago in 1968, establishing a world-leading molecular beam study laboratory. Professor Lee returned to Berkeley in 1974, expanding his research to include studies of reaction dynamics, investigations of various primary photochemical processes, and the spectroscopy of ionic and molecular clusters.

In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his seminal contribution to the development of reaction dynamics—a new field of research in chemistry at the time.

He retired from his position of University Professor and Principal Investigator for the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in 1994 and assumed the position of the President of the Academy of Sciences in Taipei. In 2006, he was made President Emeritus and Distinguished Research Fellow at the same institution.

During his distinguished career, Professor Lee has received numerous awards and honours, including the United States National Medal of Science and Faraday Medal and Prize from the Royal Chemical Society of Great Britain. Professor Lee is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the science academies of many other countries, and has received Honorary Doctorates from 40 universities around the world. He has contributed to the International Council for Science for over 20 years and was appointed President in 2011.

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