Thursday 19 May, Wellington: The 2011 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year, Sir Paul Callaghan, will be speaking on “New Zealand: the place where talent wants to live”. This continues discussions from StrategyNZ: Mapping our Future and therefore will be of particular interest to participants. For more information or to register for the talk click here.

12 May – 21 May, National: Jeanette Fitzsimons has helped organised world famous climate scientist, Dr James Hansen, undertake a series of talks about “Human-made climate change: a scientific, moral and legal issue.” If you’ve been puzzled about the controversies on climate change, this is your chance to get it straight. Click here for more details.

Tuesday 17 May, Wellington: There is a free symposium on the “Future of Coal,” which Dr Hansen will be speaking at. This symposium will address questions such as: What is the way forward? Does carbon capture and storage (CCS) offer a satisfactory solution? Or will coal production need to be severely curtailed in the interests of maintaining a stable, hospitable climate? And, if the latter, how might this best be achieved? To download the full programme click here.