Experience lectures

We have special sample lectures from our faculties throughout the day. Learn what makes our staff passionate about what they teach.

Experience Bachelor of Arts: Art in a changing climate

Associate Professor Susan Ballard, Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

9.15–10 am, KKLT303, Kirk building, Kelburn campus

Art has always reflected the world around us. This lecture introduces some artworks that help us understand how humans have engaged with the changing environment of the planet. We learn about artworks as they tell stories of survival, ecology, fear, and hope.


Experience Engineering: How to sell crypto online fast

Associate Professor Ian Welch, Wellington Faculty of Engineering

9.15–10 am, COLT122, Cotton building, Kelburn campus

Everyone seems to be talking about cryptocurrencies, blockchain and NFTs. This lecture introduces these concepts and how people are making money off them. We will also learn about the dark sides of these technologies such as speculative bubbles, energy use and scams.


Experience Health: What is ‘eating right’, anyway?

Dr Victoria Chinn, Wellington Faculty of Health

10.15–11 am, HULT220, Hunter building, Kelburn campus

ShapeEvery day we navigate information about what and how we should eat. Whether its advice from a friend or an advert in your feed, the information is seemingly endless and often conflicting. This lecture seeks to demystify the idea of ‘eating right’ by exploring food choice from nutritional, social and sustainable perspectives.


Experience Education: Getting off to a great start in life—the importance and potential of early childhood education

Associate Professor Sue Cherrington, School of Education

11.15 am–noon, HULT323, Hunter building, Kelburn campus

In this lecture, Associate Professor Sue Cherrington explores why early childhood education is so important in supporting our young children to get off to a great start in life. Effective early childhood teachers are critical to having quality early childhood education. Sue’s lecture outlines the key roles that teachers play and the knowledge, skills and attitudes that they need to develop during their initial teacher education programmes so they can help all children to reach their potential.


Experience Bachelor of Arts: Drug checking and harm reduction—what does the evidence say?

Associate Professor Fiona Hutton, Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

12.15–1 pm, MCLT103, Maclaurin building, Kelburn campus

This lecture will explore the development of drug checking in the context of recreational use of drugs such as MDMA, LSD and ketamine, and consider the evidence around its effectiveness at reducing drug related harms.


Experience Law: The legally disruptive nature of the climate crisis

Dr Bjørn-Oliver Magsig, Wellington Faculty of Law

12.15–1 pm, HMLT205, Hugh Mackenzie building, Kelburn campus

We are in an age of climate emergency - with huge implications for every aspect of our lives. The socio-politically charged nature of the crisis presents immense challenges for our legal order. Scientific consensus must be tracked in law, to ensure our international and domestic frameworks are better equipped to tackle climate change. Yet, law is still failing to bridge the gap between knowledge and action, as inaction only rarely triggers responsibility. How can we improve the law, an instrument of social change, to guide us out of the climate emergency?


Experience Architecture: Carbon-zero buildings and how architecture can reduce climate change

Nilesh Bakshi, Wellington School of Architecture

1.15–2 pm, Lecture Theatres 1 and 2, Te Aro campus

We are in a climate crisis, and the building and construction industry accounts for 39% of global carbon emissions. To this end, all buildings and infrastructure must be designed to be net zero emissions across their entire lifecycle by 2050. Achieving such a feat will require a paradigm shift and young minds entering the world of architecture to lead our collective pursuit of a carbon-zero future. In this lecture, we will look at how architecture can meet the challenges of climate change and how design can confront current assertions of beauty in architecture and offer a meaningful, sustainable future.


Experience Business and Government: What can lawnmowers and Peanut Slabs teach us about making good decisions?

Dr Ben Walker, Wellington School of Business and Government

1.15–2 pm, HMLT205, Hugh Mackenzie building, Kelburn campus

Good decision-making lies at the heart of good management. But strange quirks in our thinking can mean we often fall into certain decision-making “traps”, which can result in us making less-than-optimal choices. In this session, you’ll learn about some of these decision-making traps through a series of interactive activities.


Experience Communication: White saviour Barbie and friends—Poverty porn and the challenges of development communication

Valerie Cooper, Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

1.15–2 pm, MCLT101, Maclaurin building, Kelburn campus

Non-profit organisations and charities often try to tug on our heart strings with advertisements of poor, seemingly hopeless people in need. But these fundraising methods can lead to a skewed view of the world and the very people they’re trying to support. This experience lecture showcases how “poverty porn” by such organisations is harmful and counterproductive – and how people are using creativity and humour to push back at these undignified stereotypes.


Experience Science: The physics and chemistry behind the solar revolution

Professor Justin Hodgkiss, Wellington Faculty of Science

1.15–2pm, TTRLT1, Te Toki a Rata building, Kelburn campus

Electricity generated by solar photovoltaic cells has recently become the cheapest electricity the world has ever seen and is critical to a zero-carbon future. In this lecture, you will learn how tomorrow's printable solar photovoltaic cells are currently being developed using a combination of materials chemistry, optical physics, and large-scale computational approaches.


Experience Design Innovation: Video games—pastime to billion-dollar industry

Tuakana Metuarau, School of Design Innovation

2.15–3 pm, Te Aro Lecture Theatres 1 & 2, Te Aro campus

Video games have evolved over the past 40 years – from a children's past time, they have developed into a billion-dollar industry. From low resolution pixel-based sprites to cutting-edge real-time 3D graphics, the medium of video games has become much more than pure recreation and its influence can be found in a variety of industries. This lecture will broadly talk about where video games have come from, what they have become, and where they could be going.