Dr Dan Hikuroa - Earth System Scientist and Research Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, National Centre of Research Excellence. He is an Earth System Scientist with interests in the integration of mātauranga māori and science to realize indigenous development. He was up until recently a national committee member of the Sustainability Society of NZ (IPENZ) and Auckland representative of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand. He has established himself a world expert on integrating indigenous knowledge and science and has undertaken many projects including geothermal developments, hazard and vulnerability assessment and industrial waste site rehabilitation. He works almost exclusively with Māori communities. He was previously the Community Earth Systems Science Programmes Manager at the Institute of Earth Science & Engineering University of Auckland and has an extensive background in Earth Systems Science. After leading a deep field geology mapping expedition for the British Antarctic Survey for his PhD he then completed a Post-Doc Fellowship investigating how the worlds oceans and biota have responded to naturally driven climate change in the ancient past. It was during that time Dan increasingly found himself drawn to his māori roots and to exploring the interface between mātauranga māori and science. Most recently he has co-edited a book for emerging Māori academics and published ideas regarding the social responsibilities of scientists.
The Science in Society Conference is delighted to announce that Dr. Alexei Kojevnikov from the History Department at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver will be speaking at the 2014 Science in Society Conference. He received his Ph.D. in history of science at the Institute for History of Science and Technology from Moscow State University. He is currently President of the International Commission on History of Modern Physics of the IUHPS (International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science) and has served on the advisory boards for The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science and Encyclopedia Britannica. He has held professorships at many international institutions including, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia; Indiana University, Bloomington, United States; University of Maryland, College Park, United States; Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal; and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. He is currently working on two research projects. The first looking at Space-Time and the Russian Revolution. The second is titled, "Knabenphysik": Itinerant Postdocs and the Invention of Quantum Mechanic. He has published four books and several research articles and book chapters. His research interests include History of Modern Science, especially Physics, Science, Society, and Culture, Russian and Soviet History, and Nuclear History and the Cold War.