Hon Jan Tinetti
Minister of Education
Minister for Women
Minister for Child Poverty Reduction
Professor Dame Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ, HonFRSC
Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor
Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua ki te Pirimia
Dr Joel Rindelaub
Sponsored by House of Science
Dr Joel wears many hats, he is an academic, athlete, author and actor. He is a passionate science communicator who’s academic work focuses on air pollution, aerosol chemistry and environmental health. Last year he was the first scientist to appear on celebrity treasure island where he proudly flew the flag for ‘cool nerds’ and raised $10,000 for his chosen charity House of Science South Auckland.
Originally from Minnesota in the United States, Joel attended Gustavus Adolphus College, and then completed his PhD in chemistry at Purdue University. He moved to New Zealand as an ice hockey player in 2017, playing for the Botany Swarm in East Auckland. He now works at the University of Auckland, where he is a Research Fellow based at the School of Chemical Sciences.