Who's Going to be Speaking

We are proud of the excellence of the diverse and interesting guest speakers who address our monthly meetings.   Not only do they provide opportunity for learning and discussion on a wide range of topics, but they keep us up to date with what is happening in our ever-changing city and world.

Here are details of the upcoming speakers:


Monday, 23 May 

John Rogers
“The 1914-1917 Trans-Atlantic Expedition- Shackelton’s Heroic Failure”

 In 2001 John travelled to the Ross Sea as a tourist with a local company, Heritage Expeditions, then joined the Antarctic Society as a member. At retirement, he enrolled at UC for a Post Graduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies, a full Summer programme with a field trip to Scott base and camping on the Ross Ice Shelf.  He has worked on cruise ships on voyages south to the Ross Sea and visiting Ushuaia, Argentina, and visiting the Antarctic Peninsula, The Falkland Islands, and South Georgia. 


Monday, 13 June

Abbas Nazari
"From Afghanistan to New Zealand"

Abbas Nazari fled the Taliban in Afghanistan as a child and was resettled with his family in New Zealand after they were rescued by the Tampa container ship in 2001. In 2019 Abbas was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to the United States, where he graduated with a Masters in Security Studies from Georgetown University, Washington DC.  Abbas is a media commentator and a prominent advocate for refugees and has recently been named a semi-finalist for the 2022 University of Canterbury Young New Zealander of the Year.

His memoir, "After the Tampa: From Afghanistan to New Zealand" will be available for purchase at the meeting.




Monday, 11 July

Conan Fee

"The Art & Science of Perfume Making"

Professor Conan Fee is the inaugural Head of the School of Product Design and is currently the Acting Executive Dean of Engineering. He spent time as a postdoctoral fellow in biochemical engineering at the University of Waterloo and has been a visiting professor at Amersham Pharmacia Biotech, New Jersey; Uppsala University, Sweden; and Cambridge University, UK. At UC, he was founding Director of the Biomolecular Interaction Centre and created several degree programs, including the Bachelor of Product Design with a major in Chemical Formulation Design. Perhaps best known for his previous work on protein PEGylation, he is Science Leader of a 5-year NZ$10M research program “3D printing of Porous Media for Process Engineering”.  More recently, he established an artisan perfume studio at the Christchurch Arts Centre, offering a range of fine fragrances he has designed as well as a unique method for customers to design and make their own perfumes. Professor Fee is a Chartered Engineer and is a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (EngNZ) and the Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK (IChemE).