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This page contains recordings of pre-2017 Inaugural Professorial Lectures (IPLs).

The University of Otago YouTube channel has more recent IPLs available in full HD resolution.

266 audio and video podcasts found.

IPL: Oxytocin neurons: Keys to unlocking brain function

Video 152.55MB
Audio 62.98MB

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Professor Colin Brown's Inaugural Professorial Lecture. Tuesday, 4 October 2016.

IPL David O'Hare - Above Us Only Sky: Human Error, Accidents, and Aviation Safety

Video 159.63MB
Audio 64.51MB

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The talk describes David's personal journey as a pilot and psychologist to understand the role of decision making in aviation safety.

IPL: Planning biodiverse cities for all ages

Video 253.38MB
Audio 75.54MB

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

As an environmental planner, Claire Freeman’s research focuses on the intersection of the natural and built environment. She examines how environmental relationships can be enhanced through more effective planning policy, design and practice. In particular, she looks at how planning can help create urban environments that work better for children and young people, and for nature. It links across three major disciplinary fields; the social sciences, biological science and planning. Some current and recent projects she is involved with are: “Natural neighbourhoods for city children”, a Marsden-funded study exploring how children in Dunedin, Auckland and Wellington connect with nature in their daily lives; “the Dunedin Garden Study,” which investigates householders’ relationships with native biodiversity in their gardens; “Children and young people’s experiences following the Christchurch earthquake”; and a study of “Children’s experiences of neighbourhood” in New Zealand, Fiji and Kiribati. 20 September 2016

IPL: Toitū te Whenua, Toitū te Mana

Video 168.27MB
Audio 61.57MB

Monday, 12 September 2016

In this Inaugural Professorial Lecture, Professor Jacinta Ruru anchors her research journey within this Māori proverb to help bring alive the endurance and 'foreverness' of the Māori world in Aotearoa. Professor Ruru shares the ways in which she has sought to contribute towards challenging the law to more respectfully recognise and embrace Indigenous peoples’ authority, laws, values, rights and responsibilities to own, govern and manage land and water. 12 September 2016

IPL: All I want for Christmas

Video 144.40MB
Audio 58.58MB

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Professor Karl Lyons' Inaugural Professorial Lecture. Tuesday, 6 September 2016.

IPL: New connections between old lipids

Video 142.92MB
Audio 67.75MB

Friday, 19 August 2016

Professor Sally McCormick's Inaugural Professorial Lecture. Tuesday, 28 June 2016.

IPL - Abby Smith - Sea, Sand, Shells

Video 145.59MB
Audio 55.67MB

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Prof Abby Smith has been fascinated by shells and how they are formed since she was a child. She takes us on a journey with her, and we learn that shells have a lot to tell us!

IPL: Dealing with Difference: Responses to uneven geographical development

Video 143.84MB
Audio 67.12MB

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Professor Etienne Nel of the Department of Geography, delivers his Inaugural Professorial Lecture: “Dealing with Difference: Responses to uneven geographical development”. Etienne has authored, co-authored or edited 10 books, and has written nearly 30 book chapters and more than 100 articles, primarily on economic development in Africa. 2 August 2016

IPL: Hoka: Motivators of Time

Video 142.47MB
Audio 74.80MB

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Professor Poia Rewi of Te Tumu - School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, delivers his Inaugural Professorial Lecture, "Hoka: Motivators of Time". Professor Rewi (Tūhoe, Ngāti Manawa, Te Arawa) works on a regional and national level in multiple areas of Te Reo promotion, teaching and research. 14 July 2016.

IPL: Faces of War and Peace

Video 150.33MB
Audio 59.31MB

Friday, 27 May 2016

Professor Darryl Tong's Inaugural Professorial Lecture. Tuesday, 17 May 2016.

IPL Lisette Burrows "I like the sausage sizzle but it makes me feel gulty" - Shaping the healthy child in obesogenic times.

Video 120.82MB
Audio 73.87MB

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Professor Lisette Burrows of the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences gave her Inaugural Professorial Lecture on the 19th of April, 2016. She talks about her research into teh demonising or larger body shapes and how effective - or not - the current educational campaigns are in providing balanced information about healthy eating and exercise, and whether in fact there is an obesity epidemic. It was very thought provoking and engaging - have a listen!

IPL Cliff Law "Between the sea and the sky: marine microbes, chemistry and climate"

Video 138.86MB
Audio 67.10MB

Friday, 13 May 2016

Professor Cliff Law delivered his Inaugural Professorial Lecture on the 16th of February. Professor Law holds a joint appointment between Otago and NIWA, exploring the chemical interactions at the interface between the sea and the sky.

IPL David Hutchinson "Curiosity doesn't kill the cat".

Audio 74.49MB

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Professor David Hutchinson delivered his IPL on the 15th of December, exploring theories of light as wave and particle, explaining that the description of something is not necessarily its reality, and talking about how his theoretical work builds into the exciting research taking place the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonics and Quantum Technologies.

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