International white shark expert, marine explorer and
film-maker Ryan Johnson tags a shark off the coast of South
Africa. Johnson will be one of the keynote guests at the
New Zealand International Science Festival in July. Photo
''Leave boring behind'' - a celebration of all things
exciting and fun about science - is the message behind this
year's New Zealand International Science Festival to be held in
Dunedin from July 5 to 13.
As part of this year's festival, a nationwide competition,
''SharkLab '14: why sharks matter'', has been launched.
The competition celebrates the work done by shark
researchers, such as one of this year's festival guests,
international white shark expert, marine explorer and
documentary film-maker Ryan Johnson.
SharkLab challenges a new generation of science storytellers
to show why it is important to learn about sharks.
The winners of each category will take home a brand new GoPro
outdoor camera kit valued at $800.
''Whether it's classmates getting together to make a mini
documentary about sharks, or families building a shark
together, the more creative and exciting the entry the
better,'' science festival director Chris Green said.
The New Zealand International Science Festival features
expos, stunts, street science, debates, workshops and
The festival programme will go live online on June 2, with
full booking details available from June 9, on www.scifest.org.nz
To enter the competition and win prizes for you or your
school, go to the festival website www.scifest.org.nz or Facebook page