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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 9. 1965.


During the May holidays the University's Science Clubs were the hosts for the first New Zealand Science Conference. Over 100 Science Students attended; 50 of these came from universities other than Victoria. About 10 addresses from various well-known members of the science community were given. Some enjoyable social functions and a tour of Wellington were included in the programme. The following is the report of it :—

The conference theme was "Science in the Community." Many prominent scientists and community leaders from within and without the University gave lectures or led discussions on topics ranging from "Where is Scientific Enquiry Leading Us" to "Electronic Music: Illustrated," and from "Science and Religion" to "Opportunities for Science Graduates in Industry."

Delegates were encouraged to question lecturers and to participate in discussions. Prior to the latter, two speakers with opposing points of view reviewed the subject critically, often controversially, with the aim of promoting open discussion. These were very successful.