Talks boost museum's profile

A series of talks by Otago Museum director Dr Ian Griffin is boosting the museum's public profile.

That comment was made by Otago Museum Trust Board chairman Graham Crombie at the board's latest meeting.

Tabled at the meeting was a report from Dr Griffin noting that since his December board report, he had given talks about the museum's future to meetings of the Friends of the Hocken Library and the Rotary Club of South Dunedin, as well as at the annual meeting of the Otago Institute.

The Shanghai Science and Technology Museum had also asked him to join the scientific peer review panel for the selection of its new planetarium system, and would be paying him to attend the selection panel on April 1-3.

Dr Griffin, a professional astronomer, said he had been invited to give a public lecture on his astronomical research, at the Shanghai institution on April 5.

He had also been invited to be keynote speaker at the Science Communicators Association of New Zealand conference in New Plymouth in March. Organisers would meet his travel costs.

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