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, Professor Lord Robert Winston and Rt. Hon. Helen Clark.

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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