50 Years of Research at Lauder

We celebrate “50 years of Atmospheric Research at Lauder” on 28-29 April 2011. The celebration will be based at Central Stories Museum in Alexandra where a permanent display of Atmospheric reseach is being prepared.  If you have with links to Lauder atmospheric research (DSIR or NIWA), or an interest in it,  you will be very welcome.  Consider it a re-union but with a scientific flavour.  The convenor is Gordon Keys (jgkeys@xtra.co.nz), who was OIC at Lauder in the 1970s and 1980s. Registration forms are available from him.
If this old truck looks familiar, you need to be there……  The old observatory truck was sold to Ian Coutts of Christchurch for $1 on the day of this photo. He made it “roadworthy” again at no further expense, and the photo shows him driving out from Lauder, under the watchful eyes of  Brian McNamara and Jack Richardson. He drove it  across the Omarama saddle to be used as a glider winch at Omarama. Ian later restored to its former glory- but without the superstructure.
 Tentative programme:
28 April
10:00. Registration opens
10:00 to 12:00. Informal get together and viewing of displays at the Museum
12:00 to 13:00. Lunch (own arrangments) 
13:00 to 15:00. Formal presentations
15:00 to 15:30. Afternoon Tea
15:30 to 17:30. Formal presentations
19:00 to 23:00. Conference dinner
29 April
09:00 to 10:00.  Meet at Museum
10:00 to 14:00.  Lauder site visit (lunch included in registration fee)
15:00 . Close         
Please register early. A block booking for rooms at Centennial Court Motel will be held until 30 March. If you’re from out of town,  make the most of your visit to sunny Central by taking time out before or after to ride the Rail Trail, or visit the Arrowtown Autumn festival.


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2 responses to “50 Years of Research at Lauder

  1. Lauder. My memories of Lauder date from a December afternoon in 1986, when I arrived in the rented Honda with the steering wheel on the wrong side. (I still get in the car from the left and wonder where that wheel went, when I am visiting the Antipodes.). Andrew Matthews came bounding out with the news that our shipment of the Dobson Dome and pedestal had gone astray. So started 25 years of cooperative working with the fine people at 45 south, 170 east. I have forgotten now many times I visited. People have come and gone – the 10AM teatime still remains. (We’ve attempted to establish a similar ritual here at NOAA Boulder in the Dobson Lab).
    My memories include that two months December 1986-February 1987, chasing down where all the stuff went. It dribbled in slowly, and I would take off for the Routeburn walk, the Milford track, and the West Coast in-between arrivals. Finally it all showed up. Brian McNamara, Des Rowles, and I built the dome in record time – with the able advice of Andrew and Gordon Keyes from the sidelines. I was living at Jack’s Pub, reading the Britannica yearbooks from the 1930s and 40’s. “Cheers”; “A wee bit” crept into my vocabulary and remain. I’m a fan of Footrot Flats.
    There was the 1988 visit with Bob Grass, followed by Janet’s arrival in the ChCh airport and our honeymoon_in_advance. I made a short visit in 1997 from which I cannot find pictures. Many of us lived in the cabins during the 2001 Dobson intercomparison in the rain, with workshop afterwards to discuss our data point. The marvelous 2001 Christmas party we attended with Lauder staff is great memory. I made short visit in February 2006, and discovered the Rail Trail.
    I watched the Lord of the Rings, looking for Lauder people in the Pub scene in Bree, or in Hobbiton.
    It’s with some emotion that I expect to visit Lauder again to rebuild the automation on the Dobson. It will be one of the last things I do for NOAA. Janet will come down, and we will ride the Rail Trail. The South Island is one of the beautiful places in the world. That picture in your banner is wonderful.
    I am so sorry that I am not able to attend the anniversary celebration. Give all the visitors my best regards.

    • uv2go

      Thanks Bob. I’ll pass your message on, and we’ll be thinking of you as we take a celebratory pinot noir.
      (the banner picture is the view from our terrace, taken by my photographer brother Greg)

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