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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: Steve Wing "Southern ocean ecosystems"

Video 133.93MB
Audio 58.45MB

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Professor Steve Wing's research explores the interconnectedness of ocean ecosystems - the physical and chemical processes and how they impact on the food webs, how spatial factors impact on population resilience and so on. This work has been applied with considerable success in the Fiordland area where marine reserves have led to stronger populations across the ecosystem.

IPL: Phil Seddon "Re-introduction Biology: restoring species in a changing world"

Video 144.18MB
Audio 58.16MB

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Professor Phil Seddon discusses the pros and cons of re-introducing species that have become extinct; the possibilities of reviving populations by translocation; the need to re-aquaint ourselves with the wildlife on our doorstep, in an increasingly urbanised world.

IPL: Phil Bishop "The survival of the Earth depends on frogs".

Audio 92.35MB

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Professor Phil Bishop talks about his lifelong fascination with amphibians in general and frogs in particular. He discusses the importance of frogs as an indicator species for the wellbeing of our environment, and delivers lessons in acoustic identification - as each species of frog has a unique sound. The inaugural professorial lecture was delivered on May the 5th 2015.

IPL: Reshaping the Baton: The enduring relevance of intellectual history

Video 217.52MB
Audio 66.28MB

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Professor Takashi Shogimen of the Department of History & Art History delivers his Inaugural Professorial Lecture: “Reshaping the Baton: The enduring relevance of intellectual history”. 21 April 2015

IPL: Gut Instincts - the gastrointestinal tract in health and disease

Video 124.15MB
Audio 55.15MB

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Professor Richard Gearry's Inaugural Professorial Lecture. Wednesday, 25 February 2015.

IPL: Prevention and cure: the fight against cardiovascular disease

Video 760.51MB
Audio 58.36MB

Friday, 10 October 2014

Professor Michael Williams' Inaugural Professorial Lecture. Tuesday, 24 June 2014.

IPL: Steve Higgins "Assembling a plant ecology"

Video 115.68MB
Audio 56.86MB

Monday, 22 September 2014

Professor Steve Higgins delivered his Inaugural Professorial Lecture on the 3rd of June 2014. Steve talked about the challenges of forecasting ecological developments, due to the many and varied factors that come into play. Humboldt's descriptive empirical work is contrasted with MacArthur's theoretical work, and the usefulness of modeling, in spite of its contingencies and complexities, is outlined.

IPL: Blair Blakie "Ultra-Cool Quantum Physics"

Video 186.13MB
Audio 70.66MB

Monday, 22 September 2014

Professor Blair Blakie's Inaugural Professorial Lecture was delivered on the 6th of May 2014. Blair talked about ultra-cold atoms, superfluids and superconductors, how useful quantum physics can be to explain other complex and unpredictable systems in nature, and techniques for cooling atoms down to a billionth of a kelvin above absolute zero. Seriously cool...

IPL: Jamin Halberstadt "The 'shipping news- adventures with morphs and averages"

Video 190.63MB
Audio 68.00MB

Monday, 15 September 2014

Professor Halberstadt discusses the way that morphing faces makes them more attractive. he discusses te idea of fluency, or the ease of processing for the brain that makes something more appealing to us, simply because it s easier to figure out. Professor Halberstadt gave his Inaugural Professorial Lecture in the 19th of November 2013

IPL: Craig Rodger- Zombie Satellites, Killer Electrons and AARDDVARK Radio and Space Physics

Video 169.48MB
Audio 63.89MB

Monday, 15 September 2014

Professor Craig Rodger delivers his IPL in energetic style - outlining the nature of radiation belts and his research into solar wind, the ionisation of the ozone. The lecture was delivered on the 18th of March

IPL: Slow Scholarship and Deliberate Spaces for Thinking and Learning

Video 180.76MB
Audio 69.58MB

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Professor Tony Harland, Head of the Higher Education Development Centre, delivers his Inaugural Professorial Lecture: “Slow Scholarship and Deliberate Spaces for Thinking and Learning”. 2 September 2014

IPL: Is the present the key to the past? Lessons from Antarctica and the Southern Alps

Video 127.33MB
Audio 53.71MB

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Professor Sean Fitzsimons of the Department of Geography delivers his Inaugural Professorial Lecture: “Is the present the key to the past? Lessons from Antarctica and the Southern Alps”. 8 July 2014

IPL: Beyond malaria: fever in the tropics

Video 115.83MB
Audio 49.41MB

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Professor John Crump's Inaugural Professorial Lecture. Tuesday, 27 May 2014.

IPL: Sex Matters to the Heart

Audio 58.47MB

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Professor Alison Heather's Inaugural Professorial Lecture. Tuesday, 20 May 2014.

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