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(This page is an archive of the 2014 Expo programme)
What's on

Unless otherwise stated, all activities take place at the St David Lecture Theatre Complex on:

  • Saturday, 5 July 2014: 12pm–6pm
  • Sunday, 6 July 2014: 9am–3pm


Anatomy @ the University Expo

  • Heart dissections: Saturday and Sunday at 1pm
  • Brain dissections: Saturday 3pm; Sunday 11am

Come along to our interactive display and discover just how fascinating anatomy is! Witness dissections of a deer heart and a lamb’s brain, paint your "insides" onto a t-shirt, and see how your bones, muscles, and organs all fit together.

W.D. Trotter Anatomy Museum: Guided Tours

  • Saturday, 5 July: 1pm, 2.30 pm
  • Sunday, 6 July: 10am, 1pm

Many of the models and specimens housed in the W.D. Trotter Anatomy Museum date back at least 100 years. A walk around the museum brings to life the wonders of the human body.

Venue: Department of Anatomy, 2nd Floor, Lindo Ferguson Building, 270 Great King Street

Bookings are essential (maximum 40 participants per tour).  No cameras or other visual recording devices are permitted in the museum.

To book please contact the Museum Curator:

Tel 03 479 7361

The heart of the matter

  • Monday, 7 July: 10am–12 noon

How does your heart work to pump blood around your body? What does its hard-working muscle look like under a microscope? This hands-on workshop involves dissection so is not for the squeamish. Do you have the heart for it?

Venue: Department of Anatomy, Ground Floor, Lindo Ferguson Building, 270 Great King Street

Bookings are essential (maximum 20 participants). Restricted to 12 years and over.

To book please email

The Amazing Race: Journey to the womb

  • Monday, 7 July: 2–4pm

What do the womb and the ovaries really look like? This fascinating workshop will trace the journey of a sperm through the female reproductive system to where it unites with an egg. This workshop includes dissection, so the squeamish need not apply! Do you have the gonads for it?

Venue: Department of Anatomy, ground floor, Lindo Ferguson Building, 270 Great King Street

Bookings are essential (maximum 20 participants). Restricted to 14 years and over.

To book please email

Who dunnit?

  • Wednesday, 9 July: 3pm–4pm
  • Thursday, 10 July: 9.30am–10.30am

You will gather the clues and analyse the evidence using scientific techniques, working together to solve the mystery of who dunnit. Start thinking like a real forensic scientist!

Restricted to 6–12 year olds (maximum 20 participants).

Venue: Dunedin Public Library

To book please email

Anatomical Body Painting

  • Tuesday, 8 July: 9:30–10:30am, 1:30–2:30pm

Get creative and learn a little bit about how your body works.  All materials provided.

Suitable for primary school children (maximum 20 participants).

Venue: Department of Anatomy, Ground Floor, Lindo Ferguson Building, 270 Great King Street

To book please email

Meet your skeleton

  • Tuesday, 8 July: 11am–12noon; 3pm–4pm

Say hello to your skeleton in this fun-filled interactive workshop. Suitable for primary school children (maximum 20 participants).

Venue: Department of Anatomy, Ground Floor, Lindo Ferguson Building, 270 Great King Street

To book please email

The anatomy of a crime scene

  • Monday, 7 July: 6.30pm–8.30pm
  • Friday, 11 July: 6.30pm–8.30pm

Learn how to become a real forensic investigator. A mock crime has been committed; find out how our human anatomy—from our fingerprints to our skeletons—leaves clues we can interpret and analyse using forensic science, and then find out who committed the crime.

Restricted to 13 years and over (maximum 12 participants)

Venue: Department of Anatomy, Ground Floor, Lindo Ferguson Building, 270 Great King Street

To book please email:

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Biochemistry and Genetics

Delving Into DNA

Ever noticed how often the word 'DNA' is used in popular culture? In shows like CSI, DNA analysis is often used because people are now familiar with its power.

There are many ways DNA can be analysed to provide information about people, so if you would like to find out the various ways in which DNA can be investigated, come and have a try at some of the techniques you see on TV!

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Plants 'R' Us

Doom and gloom merchants bombard us with the miseries of climatic change, ocean acidification, global warming, algal blooms, species extinction, etc, etc.

Stop! Look about you. We are surrounded by the silent sentinels who strive to save us from ourselves: the myriad plant-life forms which can supply our every need—if only we understood them and treated them with the respect they deserve!

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Brain Health Research Centre

Inflatable brain walk-through

Walk through the brain and see what’s on your mind … or IN your mind …

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Salt rocks … one lump or two?

Winners from the national crystal growing competition will take pride of place, along side a giant salt molecule … tempting, but no climbing allowed …

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Clothing and Textile Sciences and Design

Challenging environments made possible with clothing, textiles, design

Activities include identification of diverse materials used in extreme environments by touch and observation.

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Computer Science

Painting Faces with Faces

See your face painted as a mosaic of tiny faces. Add your face to the
collection of tiles for painting.

3D printing

A 3D printer actually makes things by 'printing' layers of plastic to build anything we can design. Come and see this happening. A few lucky people will get to help.

The Octagon - cooperative sculpture

Create sculpture in the virtual world behind our computer screens. Several people can work on the same piece from different computers.

The Watching Window

A virtual reality display where you can see images in full 3D without glasses.

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Food Science

A taste for food

Come along to explore your ability to discriminate flavours and to gain an understanding of why your likes and dislikes are unique.  You will also have the chance to "gel out" with our fruit-flavoured treats and test your knowledge with our quiz Pleased to "meat you" hope you guess my name?

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Otago Students' Geological Society

What rocks your world? Volcanoes, earthquakes, and lots of rocks …

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Human Nutrition

Our two favourite food groups – Sugar and Fat

Sugar and fat have received lots of recent media attention in relation to obesity and heart disease. Take the opportunity to guess the fat and sugar contents of some common foods and drinks. For the brave, we will have an analyser to calculate their body fat percentage. Calculate your body mass index (BMI) and compare this with some of the All Blacks'.

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Information Science

What's the right device for controlling virtual wheels?

How difficult is it to drive a power wheel chair? This simulator lets you try different ways of driving one …

Let's tidy up my place - Communication in Virtual Reality

Connected Virtual Reality systems allow for novel ways of communication that we'd like to explore. Together with a second player (bring a friend!), you tidy up a messy (virtual) house.

Hands, Brain, and Memory

Information science, neurology, psychology, and physiotherapy are working together to help people with motor movement issues by utilising new forms of augmented reality. But it's interesting for the rest of us too! Put your hands into our virtual world, play with virtual objects and let us know how it feels.

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Marine Science

Science in the Sea

Visit Marine Science. Discover kina, kelp, and other marine organisms that scientists are studying. Find out how we study life under the waves with remote operated underwater vehicles and research vessels and test your knowledge of our local waters—be in to win a seashore guide.

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Maths and Stats

Probability, proofs, and ping pong balls

Discover the statistical order in randomness. See probability defy intuition right before your eyes. Uncover deep mathematical theorems behind the everyday. Try your hand at a simple problem that has never been solved.

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Medical Laboratory Science

How are diseases detected in your body?

Medical Laboratory Science trains people to do exactly this. Over 70% of disease diagnosis requires laboratory testing. You could be an integral part of this so come along and learn more.

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Microbiology and Immunology

What is vaccination and why do we need it?

There's history and science behind vaccines … Learn how vaccines have saved and changed human lives!

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Pharmacology and Toxicology

Pills and poisons

Have you ever wondered why you can swallow a pill and somehow it gets to the head to cure your headache? How come a pill can treat you, but also give you side effects? What types of poisons you have in your house? Find out here.

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The many faces of paracetemol

Pharmacy is inherently science-based and this includes drug development, drug formulation and stability and safety aspects. Paracetemol and its different forms, drug safety, and research in the School of Pharmacy will be presented in a hands-on display.

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Physical Education

Football and salsa

Let the rhythm take you away … to the football pitch … Come and see how dance moves can help you on the football field and vice versa. Take our skills challenge and see how you rate.

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Expect the unexpected

Get some hands-on—and feet-on—experience with the unexpected properties of materials. See things differently with some help from physics.

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The Physiology of Sensation

Have you ever wondered how sight and smell impact taste? Or why listening to certain types of music can lower your heart rate? Sensation is the way that we interface with the world around us. Learn how your senses work, be amazed by perceptual anomalies that challenge the way you see the world. 

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The balls of your feet

Heels, toes, ball, instep … multi-segmented units make up your feet. How does the pressure through your feet change as you try different activities? Use our state-of-the-art Foot Scan Balance System and challenge your balance system.

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The Psychology of Attention

Does your mind get 'bored'? Can you benefit from daydreaming? How do optical illusions trick your mind? The psychology of attention will answer these questions (and more) as we explore the processes of attention and memory.

The A and E of the nervous system

How does the nervous system work with the brain? How do painkillers really work? What do dominoes have to do with your nervous system?!

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Ick! Ew! Yuk! Aaaaaaaah......Zoology

Visit the Zoology stand and discover the creepy creatures that live with us.

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