Welcome to the website of the Nelson Science Society (NSS) and its Astronomy Section (AS). NSS is a branch of the Royal Society Te Apārangi and promotes science within the Nelson/Tasman region by holding regular scientific talks from a variety of experts throughout the year and by promoting science education in schools and colleges.

The Astronomy Section  operates and maintains fixed, portable and loan telescopes at the Cawthron Atkinson Observatory for public open nights (see Astronomy section page for dates) and member use at other times, holds astronomy-related talks and regular meetings, as well as conducts other astronomy events to bring astronomy to the public. The astronomy section is currently run by its committee as a section of the NSS and thus section members must also be members of NSS. For full details see the astronomy section page at the link above.

See the Support page or the form at the end of each page for details of how you can become a member of NSS and the Astronomy Section.

Hochstetter Lecture: delivered by Darren King. Change of venue to Rutherford Hotel

Encouraging plural methods and values as the foundation for cross-cultural research collaborations. Encouraging cross-cultural research collaborations in the natural hazards and earth system sciences is the central theme of this Hochstetter lecture. We will offer perspectives as insider-outsider researchers on completed as well as ongoing research projects with iwi and… Read More

This website is closing down ……..

This website is closing down because the Royal Society is no longer able to support this site and we can’t afford the rather eye-watering amount of money needed to stay with this platform. Already we can’t use MailChimp, the usual way that we send newsletters. Many thanks to the Royal… Read More