The Academy of the Royal Society of New Zealand, in association with the regional branches, runs a tri-annual cycle of three lecture tours to commemorate the life and work of three great New Zealand scientists – Charles Fleming, Augustus Hamilton and Leonard Cockayne.

  • Hamilton Lecture

    A memorial lecture for Augustus Hamilton, President of the New Zealand Institute (former name of the Royal Society of New Zealand) 1909 – 1910. The Hamilton Award is for emerging researchers in scientific research in New Zealand, awarded annually.

    • 2016 Hamilton Lecture

      Dr Valerie Soo Possible origins of antibiotic resistance: A biochemistry perspective Enzymes are the protein molecules that accelerate chemical reactions in all types of cells.…

  • Leonard Cockayne Lecture

    Commemorating the life and work of Leonard Cockayne by the encouragement of botanical research in New Zealand.

    • 2015 Cockayne Lecture

      The Leonard Cockayne Memorial Lecturer for 2015 was Dr Janice Lord, Department of Botany, University of Otago. Abstract of lecture: Flowers in the fridge: Floral…

  • Charles Fleming Lectures

    Memorial lecture associated with the Charles Fleming Award for environmental achievement. This environmental science award is made every three years for protection of the New Zealand environment.

    • 2014 Charles Fleming Lecture

      The demise of New Zealand’s freshwaters: politics and science The Charles Fleming Lecturer for 2014 was Dr Mike Joy of Massey University, Palmerston  North. Dr…