2019 NZIP Conference

We are delighted to announce that the next biennial NZIP Conference will be held in Christchurch in 2019.

The conference dates are 15–17 April 2019. The conference will be followed by a professional development workshop for teachers on 18 April.

2019 Dan Walls Medal and Rutherford Trophy

Deadline for nominations: 15th of  March 2019

Email for nominations:  secretary@nzip .org.nz

1 July 2015

Gold SponsorMassey University is now a Gold Sponsor of the 2015 NZIP Conference


9 June 2015

richard-eastherNew Zealand Institute of Physics Public Lecture
Prof Richard Easther, University of Auckland. “Dawn’s Early Light”.

Prof Easther, Head of the Physics Department at the University of Auckland, has generously offered to give this public lecture.

Date: Sunday 5 July.

Time: 7:30-9:00 pm.

Venue: University of Waikato, Price Waterhouse Coopers lecture theatre.


9 June 2015


New Zealand Institute of Physics Public Lecture
Prof Hans Bachor, Australian National University. “Lasers are Part of Your Life”.

Prof Bachor is a keynote speaker at the NZIP Conference and has kindly agreed to give this public lecture.

Date: Monday 6 July.

Time: 7:30-9:00 pm.

Venue: University of Waikato, Gallagher concert chamber, Academy of Performing Arts.


21 May 2015


The New Zealand Association of Science Educators scholarship will provide financial assistance to individual teachers within New Zealand to attend the biennial conference of the New Zealand Institute of Physics 2015 to be held in July.

There are 10 scholarships available each worth $250. The scholarship money can be at the discretion of the recipient either towards registration, travel or accommodation. More details and criteria for selection are given in the 2015 Scholarship Information Sheet

All applicants must complete the application form below and submit it via email to education@nzip.org.nz by 5 June 2015

2015 NZASE Scholarship application form

The applicant must be a current financial member of NZIP and the applicant’s school must be a current financial member of NZASE.


10 April 2015

Geoff AustinWe are pleased that Prof Geoff Austin, University of Auckland, has accepted our invitation to be the guest speaker after the conference dinner at the 2015 NZIP Conference

There will be a loud percussive closure to Geoff’s speech by way of the Wai Taiko drummers who will provide further entertainment, http://www.waitaiko.com

9 April 2015


In addition to the invited speakers for the 2015 NZIP Conference (http://confer.co.nz/nzip2015/speakers/) Ken Gledhill, Head of Department: GeoNet and Geohazards Monitoring at GNS Science, has accepted our invitation to speak on earthquakes and their prediction, coupled with his work with GeoNet.

Click here to go to Ken’s information page at GNS Science.

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Other Sources of News

Research Funding:

The Royal Society of New Zealand is a good source of research, science and technology news.

Physics Teaching:

Physics Teaching news is provided by the Education Section of the NZIP.

Visit the NCEA Physics Teachers’ Moodle.

Send NZIP your news

NZIP Members are encouraged to send information for this page. For example we are interested in,

  • details of physics teaching and research conferences.
  • calls for submissions to government on issues where NZIP has an interest.
  • physics positions available in New Zealand for permanent or limited term;
  • awards and prizes won for work in physics-related topics in New Zealand; any awards and prizes won by NZIP members;
  • openings for PhD students and post-doctoral positions;
  • relevant lectures and visitors to New Zealand;
  • major research contracts won and other funding news;