Cass centenial celebration, University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Cass Mountain Research Area Vision:

To be a world-class location for inspirational and innovative research, teaching and learning associated with the sustainability of mountain land ecosystems in the face of global environmental change.

Cass field station
centenial celebration

6 and 7 December 2014
Celebrating 100 years of learning and research at Cass

The centenial celebration comprises a symposium with presentations on research and teaching at Cass. The symposium will be held a the UC campus in Christchurch on Saturday 6 December. An open day will be held at Cass on Sunday 7 December.

Centenial Celebration programme
Saturday 6 December 2014
Afternoon and evening programme

Afternoon programme 1-6pm*

Start time Programme
1:00pm Welcome: Prof. Matthew Turnbull
1:10pm Cass overview: where have we come from? Prof. David Norton & Dr Laura Young
1:30pm Reflections on the use of Cass through time. Prof. John Lovis, Mr Graeme Young, Prof. Brian Butterfield, Prof. Mike Winterbourn and Assoc. Prof. Ian Owens
2.40pm Afternoon tea and photo-exhibition (teaching and research past and present)
3:00pm Cass and its role in field-based learning. Prof. Angus McIntosh, Assoc. Prof. Peyman Zawar-Reza, Prof. Jarg Pettinga, Prof. Dave Kelly, Mr Matt Walters and Prof. Susan Krumdieck
4:30pm Showcasing some of the recent research at Cass. Ms Helen Warburton, Ms Amanda Klemmer, Dr Mark Galatowitsch, Ms Michelle Lambert, Mr Tobi Schulmann, Dr Karen Adair, Dr Matt McGlone and Prof. Jarg Pettinga


Evening programme 6-9pm*

Start time Programme
6:00pm Drinks, nibbles and photo exhibition (teaching and research past and present)
7:00pm Welcome. Dr Rob Allen, Principal Scientist, Landcare Research
7:10pm How science at Cass has made a difference. Prof. David Norton, UC 
7:30pm Rita Angus and Cass. Mr Peter Vangioni, Christchurch Art Gallery
7:50pm What does the future hold for Cass? Prof. Angus McIntosh, UC
8:10pm Closing comments. Dr Rod Carr, Vice Chancellor, UC
8:20pm Socialising with drinks/nibbles


Sunday 7 December 2014*
Cass field station open day

Private transport to Cass, parking in marked areas only.

10:00am. Morning tea with be provided at the teaching building
10:30am. Ceremony to mark 100-years since opening of the first field station and unveiling of memorial plaque
10:45am. Opening of the Sugarloaf Saddle track
11:00am. Miscellaneous activities and excursions to different areas around the Cass Mountain Research Area

Lunch - please bring your own. Tea and coffee will be provided

Possible excursions and activities

  • View photo exhibition and research posters on display in the field station
  • Meet with research students explaining their research
  • View Geography Department remote-sensing drone in action
  • Guided walk to Sugarloaf Bush and Sugarloaf Saddle
  • Guided walk to Kettlehole Bog and adjacent areas
  • Guided walk to Grasmere Stream and Lake Sarah
  • Self-guided exploration of area around field station including Reservoir and Middle Bush

*The programme may be subject to minor changes, some activities will be weather dependent.