Tuesday 23 November 2021 7:30 - 8:30 pm
The Liggins Institute’s vision - 'A Healthy Start for a Healthy Life' - reflects the importance of the first 1,000 days for improving lifelong health. So, why does the Institute have a dedicated research team focused on adolescence as a key life stage for achieving this vision? Today’s young people are tomorrow’s parents. Their developmental journey is occurring within a world that is experiencing change at an unparalleled pace and scale. This talk will explore why investing in adolescent development is vital to providing a healthy life for our teens and their whānau, now and in the future.
Dr Jacquie Bay MNZM is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute, where she leads a knowledge translation research group and teaches in science communication. Jacquie joined the Institute in 2006, bringing her experience as a science educator to enable the development of the Liggins Education Network for Science. LENScience is an innovative knowledge translation programme that facilitates school-science partnerships and promotes science communication with young adults, parents-to-be, educators and health professionals. Based on evidence that adolescence is a window of opportunity for lifelong wellbeing, LENScience programmes promote improved health and education outcomes for adolescents and their future children. The programmes help young people to explore health-related issues and encourages them to decide for themselves what actions they might take to support improved health and wellbeing. Jacquie has a PhD in Health Sciences and a Masters in Science Education. She is a past president of the Biology Educators' Association of New Zealand and a recipient of the NZASE Peter Spratt Medal for sustained contribution to science education in New Zealand. In her early career, a year teaching at Selwyn College contributed positively to Jacquie’s formation as an educator.
Please register for this talk so we can plan seating for the expected numbers. A small donation on arrival at the door is appreciated.