New Zealand – Germany Scientific Relations, including Associate Professor Nancy Bertler’s work in Antarctica.

The Goethe Society Wellington invites you to an evening about New Zealand/Germany Scientific Relationships, including Associate Professor Nancy Bertler’s work in Antarctica.

Part 1: Associate Professor Nancy Bertler, a New Zealand Rutherford Discovery Fellow, will talk about the potential collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet – Implications for Global Sea Level. Rapid deglaciation of West Antarctica remains a primary uncertainty in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Predictions for 21st Century sea level rise. The recent and unpredicted collapse of multiple ice shelves, rapid acceleration of Antarctic ice discharge, and large scale changes in atmospheric circulation and ocean currents suggest that dynamical responses to warming play a more significant role than is currently understood and captured in coupled climate-ice sheet models. New results from current research projects (i.e. RICE, ANDRILL, WAIS) indicate a higher climate sensitivity of the Antarctic ice sheets than previously thought.

Part 2: New Zealand and Germany’s science relationship – recent history and future prospects. Rick Petersen, Senior Advisor, International Science Partnerships Team, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, will discuss highlights from the past couple of years in the New Zealand/Germany bilateral science relationship, identify some of the events that are likely to take place in 2017 to mark the 40th anniversary of the signing of the bilateral Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement and give a flavour of where the relationship might develop over the next few years.

Refreshments provided.

Organised by the Goethe Society in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.