SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE: Creative, ambitious, innovative research in advanced materials and nanotechnology

Objectives

Scientific Collaborations

Delivery of multi-institutional scientific collaborations that embrace the best researchers in advanced materials and nanotechnology and provide an excellent scientific research infrastructure

Implementation

  • Hold regular face-to-face subject- and capability-based meetings and whole institute meetings to facilitate collaboration
  • Use our interactive electronic discussion forums to facilitate collaboration and development of new ideas
  • Integrate strategic science priorities and objectives through a programme-based approach

Ensure balanced pathways for implementation of new ideas by individual researchers and large-scale, high-impact collaborative projects

Outcomes (6 years)

  • Our investigators are involved in productive collaborations that involve all MacDiarmid Institute partners
  • Intensity and range of collaborations increased
  • Formal working partnerships extend to all relevant individuals and organisations within NZ, making us truly a national institution

Two active large-scale programmes are generating high impact outputs and outcomes at any given time that are attracting international recognition

Objectives

Scientific Leadership and Impact

Internationally recognised as the exemplar scientific research organisation in New Zealand and among the very best in our field

Implementation

  • Provide resource stability and flexibility to Investigators to enable them the ability to be creative and innovative in their research, driving ambitious research programmes
  • Hold a biennial international conference (AMN series) attracting the best international researchers to New Zealand and showcasing our research and researchers

Brand all our outputs and outcomes and undertake annual analysis of outputs to benchmark us nationally and internationally

Outcomes (6 years)

  • Proportion of published institute papers recognised by peers and appearing in top 10% of journals increased
  • 2 year impact factors are comparable with internationally recognised AMN Institutes and the library of our publication journals
  • At least two of our scientific research areas and the Investigators driving these areas are internationally regarded as leading the field

AMN conference series continues to grow in calibre, attracting high numbers of international attendees who rate the conference highly

Objectives

Recognising and Supporting Excellence

Ensuring that our scientific leadership and impact is sustainable by balancing support for established and emerging research and researchers

Implementation

  • Reassess our strategic science priorities three yearly working with our International Science Advisory Board
  • Maintain balance of emerging and established investigators within the Principal Investigator cohort

Balance resource stability for current research programmes with discretionary funding to support new initiatives

Outcomes (6 years)

  • MacDiarmid Institute strategic science priorities are creative, ambitious and innovative, they are integrated across the institute, are producing high impact outcomes that attract international recognition and lead to the advancement of New Zealand
  • Profile of research in the institute encompasses individual led and larger targeted collaborative programmes

Profile of research in the institute is a mix of new and established research programmes

Objectives

Ensuring Excellence

Rigorously and regularly measure our performance as an institute and as individual researchers with respect to the quality of our research outputs

Implementation

  • Conduct international review of the institute every three years, the focus of which is directed by the issues of the day
  • Review Principal and Emeritus Investigators, and call for new Principal Investigators three yearly; consider depth, breadth and career demographics across the institute and ability to deliver on the strategic plan in finalising cohort
  • Conduct Associate Investigator census three yearly, with a continuous open call for Associate Investigators

Uphold rigorous recruitment standards for postdoctoral fellows and doctoral students

Outcomes (6 years)

  • Recommendations of review panel are implemented where resources allow
  • Principal Investigator numbers are sustained with clear evidence of beneficial rejuvenation from new investigators

Twenty MacDiarmid Institute alumni are active lead researchers throughout NZ and the world