TVNZ 7 puts the spotlight on Science and Technology this August

Calling all Science fanactics and tecnology specialists, TVNZ 7 is the channel you want to watch this August.

TVNZ 7 highlights New Zealand innovation and development throughout August with its Spotlight on yScience + Technolog, in association with the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology (MoRST).

The month of special programming officially launches on Tuesday 3 August at the City Gallery in Wellington with the unveiling of new local television series Ever Wondered?, produced in partnership with the Royal Society of New Zealand, which, like MoRST, is concerned with promoting the importance of science and technology for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

Ever Wondered?, presented by the winner of the 2009 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize, Dr John Watt, is set to inspire Kiwi minds and spark curiosities as Watt searches high and low for answers to today’s most challenging scientific questions.

TVNZ 7 Channel Manager, Philippa Mossman, is delighted to work with the Royal Society to bring New Zealanders unique local content which highlights the importance of science and technology to our country’s development.

“Science and technology are at the heart of everything, and Ever Wondered? is our opportunity to showcase the work of our scientists and to consider how much we value them, and what they do for our economy and lifestyle,” says Mossman.

The Royal Society of New Zealand’s Chief Executive, Dr Di McCarthy, shares this enthusiasm.

“The idea of a brand new television series on TVNZ 7 designed to excite and inform with great stories of science and technology in contemporary New Zealand is thrilling to the Royal Society of New Zealand.

“We especially want to see young New Zealanders become inspired by the fantastic array of opportunities which science and technology offer as a career. We are also looking forward to seeing the benefits of research presented in a way that makes viewers take a second look and say ‘Wow, I didn’t know that.”

TVNZ 7′s Spotlight on Science and Technology brings New Zealanders a range of programmes that provide insight into the exciting scientific developments taking place globally and locally.

These include stand-out BBC series Wonders of the Solar System and The Story of Science, the TVNZ 7 Internet Debate LIVE from Avalon Studios on Tuesday 11 August, The Good Word Debate (a spin-off of TVNZ 7 regular show The Good Word with a moot skewed to the science/technology theme), animated short-form series Science Made Simple, and special editions of TVNZ 7′s regular shows Back Benches, Talk Talk and Media7.

For more information go to http://tvnz.co.nz/tvnz-7

TVNZ 7 is available on Freeview/TiVo channel 7 and on SKY/Telstra channel 97.

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