Tauranga Public Lecture

Date Monday 29 May 2023
Time 6pm - 7pm
Where University of Waikato, Tauranga, Durham St, Tauranga, Lecture Theatre, Level 2
Presenter Dr Simon Taylor, Lecturer, The University of Waikato, Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education 
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Admission Cost Free

The Universe is Dancing in Cosmic Order

Lurking in the centre of most galaxies is a massive black hole. Millions or billions of times more massive than our sun and crammed into a region about the size of a solar system. What do they do? How did they get there? How do stars evolve? What are the next steps for future space travel?  Topics of the elusive black hole, the challenges of space travel and what next for astrophysicists pondering the nature of the universe will be discussed.

Dr Simon Taylor is a prominent physicist and educator. Simon has studied astrophysics, quantum mechanics and researched children’s perceptions of learning. Since a young boy, he has had a deep fascination for space travel and galactic knowledge. He currently lectures at the University of Waikato, and is a keen advocate for greater consultation and participation with the public on physics and astrophysics. Simon has publicly lectured on the secret life of stars, nuclear fusion, cosmo-chemistry, the beauty of physics and music, the physics of surfing, and learning futures. He was awarded a Division of Teaching Excellence Award in 2020, and the Kudos Science Educator award in 2014 in recognition of his contribution towards encouraging an understanding and appreciation of science to youth and the wider community.

The Tauranga Public Lecture Series is a free community event and open to the public to attend.  Registration is essential.  Please register your attendance and present your eticket at the door.