ScienceTeller is a biennial science festival run by the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago. ScienceTeller 2015 runs from Friday 30th Oct to Sunday 1st Nov 2015. All events will be held in the College of Education Auditorium. Entry by gold coin donation. Parental discretion is advised for this free event.

The theme of this year’s ScienceTeller Festival is “Sex and Science!” It’s a celebration of fun facts and findings from a bold new world of sex research.

Why are penguins so perverted? How many people out there aren’t quite “straight”? How, exactly, do you define sex? (It's not as simple as it seems!) How is sex linked with mental health? Are people in Dunedin kinkier than the rest of NZ? Come along to hear some of the University of Otago's top researchers share their work on all aspects of sex and sexuality, both in human and non-humans alike. Talks are tailored to a general audience.

Featuring American sex advice columnist, founder of the “It Gets Better” campaign, and host of the popular Savage Love podcast,
Dan Savage, as Friday’s keynote speaker. Read this recent profile piece in stuff.co.nz.

Featured Topics

Stacks Image 2188

Weird Sex in the Animal Kingdom

Animals are much naughtier than many people realise. Far from being innocent and monogamous, many animal species take “kinky” to a whole new level. Delve into the naughty behaviour of penguins, frogs and – yes – horseshoe crabs. You won’t believe what Mother Nature gets up to behind closed doors…

Stacks Image 2190

Gay, Straight and In-Between

What is sex, anyway? That depends on what type of relationship you’re in. Current scientific evidence reveals that there are a staggering variety of
sexual interests among human beings. Come along and explore the various kinks, fetishes and orientations that other people identify with and learn just how many of us can’t be squeezed into a conventional box.

Stacks Image 3089

Sex in Otago

How do we live our sex lives? Take a look at how our sexual behaviours change as we age, how we remember our sexual experiences and how they affect our lives. Using data gathered from 1,037 Dunedinites, this series of talks is the best chance you’ll have to see what your neighbours get up to in the bedroom – at least without getting arrested.

Centre for Science Communication