February 2020 Newsflash

Ready, Steady BAKE!

Hector Day Geobake
Monday, 16 March 2020

How it works

Individuals/teams design and bake something edible and tasty (eg cake, slice) that demonstrates an aspect of the geosciences.
Email a photograph of the baked item to admin@gsnz.co.nz by 11 pm, Monday 16 March with the title Geobake 2020, including:

  1. baker’s name (individual or team)
  2. 50-word geoscientific explanation of the baked item, and
  3. the baker’s contact details (email address and phone number).

The baked items could be consumed either at a workplace/community/Branch event (morning or afternoon tea) or in your family home.
National judging will take place in the week after Hector’s Day and will be announced in a Society Newsflash.

Prize pack includes a geological hammer, a copy of Continent on the Move and a free one-year subscription to GSNZ for 2020-21.

Hector Day is New Zealand’s annual national geosciences day held close to the birthday of pioneering NZ geoscientist, James Hector. The day aims to encourage social interaction between local people involved in Earth sciences through informal gatherings at Branch level.  The Geo-Bake has been initiated by your National Committee, but the intention is to encourage social interaction at a local level.  Branches or other community groupings are encouraged to meet informally to celebrate Hector Day and consume the baking.

The Wonder Project

The Wonder Project is Engineering New Zealand's initiative to get the next generation excited about a career in science, technology, engineering and maths.

In 2020, they need 800 STEM professionals to join their network of Wonder Project Ambassadors.  It's about sparking wonder in STEM from a young age, building confidence, and having all young Kiwis believing they can achieve remarkable things.  Training will be provided.

For more information visit the Wonder Project website.

Call for papers on Hikurangi geology

The New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics is currently calling for papers for a special issue entitled: 'Understanding sedimentary systems of the Hikurangi Subduction Margin'.

The chief guest editor is GSNZ member Lorna Strachan (University of Auckland). 
More information is available from the New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics website
Expressions of interest are due 3 April.