inSight – 2nd and 3rd September

CATALYST announces inSight is back! How will we live in the future? inSight dives into this big, audacious question across the weekend of 2nd and 3rd September.

How will our town shape us – and how can we shape our town? Is it a question of reinvent or die for our tourist resort home? How will technology impact on our towns, education, health? Experts discuss the issues – and answer our burning questions – so we can better understand the options ahead of us.

inSight runs Saturday and Sunday at Queenstown Memorial Centre. Doors open at 10am, and inSight runs continuously throughout the weekend, with:

  • keynote speakers by leading experts
  • TEDish talks from Wakatipu High School students exploring future issues
  • performances from the WHS Science Buskers Academy
  • projects and tabletop science demonstrations from local students, looking at our future through their eyes
  • Sci Short Films from The Centre for Science Communications – crazy critters, troubled ecosystems and compelling human stories
  • Future Towns displays
  • coffee cart in the foyer.

Supported by Beca, The Brain Health Research Centre, Bridget Williams Books, The Centre for Science Communication, Fluid, QLDC, The Rees Hotel Queenstown, University of Otago, and Visual Events.



CATALYST is about providing the spark needed to bring great ideas, compelling speakers, innovative and often provocative thinking and creativity to the Wakatipu basin and beyond. It’s about making Queenstown a place to come for mental as well as adrenal challenge. It’s about upping the ante on stuff that matters.

CATALYST works on a number of levels:

  • Instigating events around visiting speakers — respected New Zealand and international leaders in their fields — and providing ongoing discussions/forums;
  • Providing an information portal, an early warning system to communicate similar events happening in the region;
  • Developing a Festival of Ideas;
  • Creating a CATALYST community encouraging the exchange of information;
  • Facilitating and/or supporting science/education/arts conferences and events;
  • Supporting youth and outstanding individuals with intellectual and cultural pursuits;
  • Working alongside New Zealand Universities and national and international institutes to provide outreach of research and innovation, and satellite bases in Queenstown;
  • Long term, encouraging the establishment of an Aspen Institute-like entity in Queenstown;
  • And helping Queenstown move towards becoming South Pacific’s “Davos Downunder” – a place for global thought leadership, think tanks and forums.

Queenstown is renowned for innovation, entrepreneurship and creative pursuits. It is home to a community rich in leaders of business, academia and the arts. Many of our visitors embody and aspire to these same ideals.

Catalyst targets this essence — the energy, creativity and challenge to move forward — by offering its audience opportunities to learn about, interact and explore options around the issues that affect the future of us all.

In October 2016, Catalyst was delighted to win the Supreme Award at the Trustpower Queenstown Lakes District Community Awards. We thank our community for its support, as well as the very many organisations and individuals who have contributed their time, resources and passion to Catalyst events, sharing our commitment to informing and challenging minds and provoking discussion about local issues and beyond.


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