Our governance model is embodied in a binding partnership agreement in which the partners have put aside institutional and disciplinary boundaries to create a coherent group of physicists, chemists, bio-scientists and engineers, who share resources, and work together to provide an ideal interdisciplinary training environment for young researchers. The agreement is administered by a Board comprising some of New Zealand’s leading experts in research management, intellectual property and technology transfer, supported by an International Science Advisory Board of some of the world’s most eminent physical scientists. The MacDiarmid Institute is led by its Director, and two Deputy Directors. Dr Justin Hodgkiss is responsible for encouraging and fostering commercialisation of MacDiarmid Institute science to ensure the beneﬁts of research are available to those who can put them to productive use, and that our members gain expertise in commercial analysis of their research. Dr Nicola Gaston is responsible for stakeholder engagement and outreach. The Director is supported in his decision-making by the Science Executive, which represents the MacDiarmid Institute’s scientiﬁc cohort, and the expertise of an International Science Advisory Board (IAB) which comprises some of the world’s leading scientists in the ﬁelds of research represented by the Institute. The MacDiarmid Institute Board, under the Chairmanship of Dr Ray Thomson, is responsible for the wider governance of the Institute.
Associate Professor Nicola Gaston Department of Physics University of Auckland Private Bag 92019 Auckland 1142 Phone:+64 9 923 4427 Email: email@example.com
Commercialisation and Industry Engagement
Dr Justin Hodgkiss School of Chemical and Physical Sciences Victoria University of Wellington PO Box 600 Wellington 6140 Phone: + 64 4 463 6983 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE SCIENCE EXECUTIVE
The Science Executive, which meets every two months, provides a vital sounding board and source of guidance for the Director and Deputy Directors in their day-by-day leadership roles. This executive comprises comprises the Director, the Deputy Directors, Science Leaders and a representative of MESA.
INDUSTRY ADVISORY GROUP
2014 saw the establishment of The Industry Advisory Group (IAG).The IAG works with the Institute to provide advice on structures that will improve our interactions with New Zealand industry. In particular, the IAG advises on: mechanisms for the translation of research to industry; how to construct an interface with industry that allows our basic research directions to be guided by the concerns of industry; how to best interface with the new institutional structures that have been created to foster technology transfer and drive the application of basic research; how we can create more innovative and industry-ready graduates; and how to best interact with industry to participate in sector visioning that determines where the sector could be with the right resources, innovation, collaboration and planning.