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Adelie Productions

Lloyd Spencer Davis

´┐╝Lloyd Spencer Davis is the creative mind behind Adelie Productions. He has been making films for three and a half decades. He directed his first documentary, Eating like a Gannet, in 1985, which was a co-production between Natural History New Zealand and Ecology Division of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. It has been screened worldwide in over 100 countries.

Since then, he has received many awards and honors for his films, including the Abu Prize for Best Documentary at the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, Hong Kong, the ´┐╝Special Prize of the Jury at the 1st International Science Film Festival in Budapest, Hungary and the Special Jury Prize at the 11th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival, Malaysia.

In 2001, he established and became the Director of the world's first university-based course devoted to natural history filmmaking. Seven years later, he set up New Zealand's first tertiary-based centre for science communication at the University of Otago, where he holds the inaugural Stuart Chair in Science Communication. He was the centre's director for its first decade, stepping down from holding the reins at the end of 2018 so as to allow him to, among other things, concentrate more on his filmmaking activities.

He has a PhD in Zoology from the University of Alberta, Canada, and he has been a scientist and university lecturer for over forty years. He is the author of over 150 scientific publications and, as a scientist, he has won numerous awards.

It is the amalgamation of his interests as a scientist and a storyteller that particularly infuses Lloyd's love of popularizing of science. Not only is this seen in his films, it is also present in his online communication of science. In particular, he designs and runs websites devoted to the communication of science.

He is also an award-winning writer and photographer.