10-12 July 2017, St. Peter's School, Cambridge, Waikato
Sam Kean is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dueling Neurosurgeons, The Disappearing Spoon, and The Violinist’s Thumb. His stories have appeared in The Best American Nature and Science Writing, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, and Slate, and his work has been featured on NPR's “Radiolab,” “All Things Considered,” and “Fresh Air."
Sam has a new book published in July 2017, Caesars Last Breath, decoding the secrets of the air around us.
Associate Professor Michèle Prinsep received her BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees from the University of Canterbury, where she studied the isolation and structural elucidation of biologically active secondary metabolites from marine invertebrates. She undertook postdoctoral research on cyanobacteria at the University of Hawaii before returning to New Zealand to take up a lectureship at the University of Waikato, where she is currently an Associate Professor. Michèle won the Zonta award for Women in Science in 2000, is a Fellow and Past President of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC) and a Committee and foundation member of the Australia-New Zealand Marine Biotechnology Society Inc. (ANZMBS). She is on the editorial board of Marine Drugs and is one of the New Zealand team that writes the highly cited annual reviews on marine natural products for Natural Product Reports. Michèle is involved in many international and national collaborative projects which are predominantly interdisciplinary in nature and is also heavily involved in school and community outreach activities. Her current research interests include the isolation and structural elucidation of biologically active and /or novel metabolites from marine organisms, cyanobacteria and fungi and chemical ecology.
Sir Ray Avery challenges everyone to “dream big” and develop game changing disruptive thinking strategies. A former street kid Ray went on to become an internationally recognised scientist and entrepreneur and Knight of the Realm.
Working throughout Africa and Asia and exposed to the raw and real shortcomings in healthcare, Ray was determined to use his knowledge of pharmaceuticals, science and product design to tackle big health issues endemic throughout the developing world at a very practical sustainable level. In 2003, Ray founded Medicine Mondiale and using his contacts, and charisma he enlists the help of other scientists, and social entrepreneurs to work with him.
Today, an international network of scientists, technologists together with New Zealand companies and Nobel Laureates’ support him and somehow everyone finds themselves donating their time and knowledge for free and they are rewarded by making a difference.
Ray has also invented the Acuset IV Flow Controller which was a finalist in the 2008, Saatchi & Saatchi World Changing Ideas Award, and Proteinforte a revolutionary treatment for Protein Energy Malnutrition and the low cost Lifepod infant incubator specifically designed for use in the developing world.
His work has been recognised by his peers and he has received numerous awards including a Rotary Paul Harris Medal, The Bayer Research and Development Innovator Award 2008, World Class New Zealand Award for Biotechnology 2009, TBWA Disruption Award 2010, Kiwi Bank New Zealander 2010. The Blake Leadership Medal 2010 The Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur Award 2011.
For further information on the work of Medicine Mondiale visit www.medicinemondiale.org