President's Tour

2020 President's Tour




Right now there is the NASA Mars InSight programme to help understand the interior of our neighbouring Red Planet.  Humans haven’t retrieved rocks from Mars, but we do have rocks on Earth from Mars...

  • How is this possible?
  • What is Mars made of?
  • Are Mars rocks unique?
  • Are geological processes operating on Mars different to those on Earth?
  • What is the prospect that life occurs (or has occurred) on the planet?

I will explain just how on Earth we know about Mars, I will summarise some of my research on the high-P ejecta, and I will bring some (very small) Martian meteorites for show and tell.

James will be visiting the following branches:

  • 27 July Wellington, Lecture Theatre One (GBLT1), Old Government Buildings, Victoria University of Wellington, 7.30pm
  • 28 July Manawatu, Massey University, AHB3.02C, 4pm
  • 29 July Taupo, Suncourt Hotel & Conference Centre, 14 Northcroft Street, Taupo, 7pm
  • 30 July Waikato, University of Waikato Rm S.1.05, 5pm
  • 31 July Auckland, University of Auckland Rm 303-G16, 3.30pm
  • 31 July Auckland, Epsom Community Centre, 200 Gillies Avenue, Epsom, 7.30pm
  • September Taranaki, exact date and time tbc
  • 8 September Otago, University of Otago, time tbc
  • 9 September Canterbury, University of Canterbury, time tbc


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GSNZ President
Associate Professor James Scott (University of Otago)

James Scott

James has undertaken university and industry-based research from New Zealand’s Sub-Antarctic Islands, to the Pacific Islands, to central Europe.  His research involves examination of shallow Earth processes from mineralisation to environmental studies.  He has recently undertaken research projects on the evolution of Earth’s mantle to the formation of the solar nebula, largely from a high temperature geochemical perspective.