Art of the Invisible and Auckland Nanotech Conference

The AMN conferences are biennial events and have developed a strong reputation over the past decade for bringing together leading researchers at the forefront of advanced materials and nanotechnology, both in the Australasia region and worldwide. The high caliber of the conferences is reflected in the quality of keynote and plenary speakers, which have included top international scientists such as the Nobel Laureates Sir Harry Kroto, Sir Anthony Leggett, and the Cavendish Professor of Physics, Sir Richard Friend. AMN-6 is no exception, and we will welcome Professor Joanna Aizenberg of Harvard University, Professor Krzysztof Matyjazewski of Carnegie Mellon University, Professor Don Eigler, the Kavli Prize Laureate for Nanoscience in 2010, Professor Roald Hoffman, 1981 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and Professor Daniel Nocera from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as keynote speakers. We will also welcome a number of leading plenary and invited speakers from around the world, and this will provide an exciting forum at which to present your research, network and create collaborations and friendships.

Technical symposia will cover a range of areas of advanced materials and nanotechnology, including nanoengineered materials and devices, nanoscale optics and photonics, plasmonics, optical and opto-electronic materials, nanoparticles, bionano-technologies, biomolecular assembly, nanopore science, conducting polymers and molecular materials, hybrid materials, novel semiconductor materials and soft matter.



Art of the invisible: Exploring the world of nanotechnology is an exhibition which presents images from the work of New Zealand graduate students who are performing research in the field of nanotechnology. The exhibition is held in conjunction with AMN6: the Sixth International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, to be held at The University of Auckland Business School, 11-15 February 2013 at the Gus Fisher Gallery.


A public talk by Emeritus Professor Roald Hoffman: A Science all about Change will be held Wednesday 13 February 2013 from 6.00pm-7.30pm at the Auckland Museum Events Centre.

Big Data/Changing Place is an ongoing exhibition located in the Te Ahumairangi, the ground floor of the National Library’s Molesworth Street building.

Big Data is the new National Library’s inaugural programme of exhibitions, seminars, and workshops. Humanity has developed powerful tools to sense and depict our planet – the creation and use of data. How do we use these tools to find sustainability? In the era of big data and rapid change, where are the places and sites that hold personal and community meaning?

  • Fly through Thorndon’s past, present, and future
  • See the world through new eyes – and things that are more than eyes
  • Explore the technologies that are changing how we live, from the electronic to the galactic
  • Blur your digital and physical self and learn how far you stretch out into the world


Details of images from the Big Data programme, including a LIDAR view of our building, an algorhythmically-generated face, a galaxy, and Thordon in 100 years

Visit an interactive landscape; a model of a human head built from algorithms; a 19th-century painting of Pipitea Pā; an artificial muscle.

Curated by data visualisation pioneer Richard Simpson, Big Data also looks at how Māori and Pākehā discovered and settled the place the Library now sits, and how it has changed since.

See how data gathering and presentation tools create a 3D visualisation of Pipitea/Thorndon, and explore the possible future of this place. Go huge – or tiny – with galactic and nano-scale images.

Programme curator Richard Simpson spoke to Kim Hill about Big Data / Changing Place.


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