For Students

Welcome to TALKFEST 2014


Are you in Year 7-10 or Year 12-13?

Do you believe the voice of Youth is important?

TALKFEST is about Youth engaging with Science to talk about Issues for our time.

LENScience TALKFEST 2014 is for you!


Join TALKFEST 2014 – make your voice heard!

Lord Robert Winston

  • TALKFEST 2014 will see young people from all around New Zealand and the Cook Islands debating issues that matter with internationally famous scientist and TV presenter Professor Lord Robert Winston.
  • TALKFEST 2014 will be broadcast live from the University of Auckland’s Fale Pasikifa on Thursday March 13th (NZ time) or Wednesday March 12th (Cook Islands time).
  • You can join TALKFEST 2014 in your classroom – ask your teacher how.
  • If you live close to Auckland, your school can apply for 10 students to be a part of the STUDIO AUDIENCE live at Fale Pasifika.
  • Everyone that participates in TALKFEST 2014 can take part in the live Q&A sessions.
  • Enter Blog BLAST to be in for a chance to join Professor Winston on the Expert Student Panel.

TALKFEST 2014 BlogBLAST Competition


  • Blogs are an important part of the modern scientists’ communication tool-kit.
  • Win a chance to have your Blog posted alongside those of prominent scientists on the LENScience Connect Blog
  • The top four New Zealand student bloggers will win a trip to Auckland to meet Professor Winston and participate in the TALKFEST 2014 Expert Student Panels
  • Click on your Year-level Group Button to learn more.

TALKFEST 2014 Years 7 – 10

Puberty: Let’s Talk About it with the Experts

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  • When it comes to life changes – YOU are the experts!
  • Since you were born, you have grown faster and changed more rapidly in your lifetime than you ever will again.
  • And its not all about physical change. Think about it – you have developed socially, intellectually and emotionally – you know a lot about change!
  • However, Lord Winston, your parents and your teachers probably all think they are also experts when it comes to understanding adolescent change.
  • Click on the PUBERTY Button to find out more and enter the Blog BLAST competition.

TALKFEST 2014 Years 12 – 13

Reproductive Technologies: An issue for our time

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  • Assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF and PGD have developed rapidly over the past 30 years.
  • Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby was born in 1978, followed by 5 million more IVF babies around the world.
  • Assisted reproductive technologies have benefited many people and families, however they have also challenged societies as we explore the associated ethical challenges.
  • Professor Winston, along with scientists from Gravida, the Liggins Institute and Fertility Associates are experts in this field – an area where both science and society needs to keep finding out more.
  • Click on the REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES Button to find out more and enter the Blog BLAST competition.



  • Once your school and your teacher have registered for TALKFEST 2014, you can also register.
  • By registering you will:
    • Be able to take part in LiveChat
    • Be able to enter Blog BLAST
    • Receive student-update emails
    • Click the REGISTER Button to access online registration forms.