Author: Editorial Team

May
20

Seven Sharp: Meet Michelle – The Science Superhero

TVNZ’s Seven Sharp featured MacDiarmid Institute Associate Investigator Dr Michelle Dickinson who’s trying to bust stereotypes and change what we all think about science! Watch the full clip HERE!

Read More
May
08

What gets measured, gets done… What then is a meaningful set of KPIs?

Not everything that is valuable can be measured so how are these things included via an evidence base? You hear it a lot, and there is plenty of evidence out there to show, that if you set a numerical target for something, measure and monitor it then lo and behold you’ll achieve it. Why? Well […]

Read More
May
08

Making a Splash on Superhydrophobic Surfaces

Dr Geoff Willmott from the Departments of Physics and Chemistry at The University of Auckland is using a Marsden Fund grant to study the asymmetry of drop splashes on extremely water-repellent superhydrophobic surfaces, to link structure to function, using high speed photography.

Read More
Apr
24

Vision Mātauranga: partnering to create a new tomorrow

Last year, thanks to the initial work and foresight of Desi Ramoo, we began a relationship with Nihi Houia and Ron Hough of Ngā Hononga Marae (Charitable) Trust in Whanganui. Nihi and Ron visited us in Wellington and then in turn welcomed us in Whanganui. Very quickly it was evident that they shared our vision […]

Read More
Apr
24

Early career researchers to attend international workshop

  The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to be sponsoring three students attending the Australian Nanotechnology Network’s Nanotechnology Entrepreneurship Workshop for early career researchers at Griffiths University on the Gold Coast in June. The aim of this symposium is to provide a forum for early career researchers (ECRs) and postgraduate students working on nanotechnology research to […]

Read More
Apr
17

Funding boost will help joint science projects with iwi groups

Project leader (MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator) Andreas Markwitz, of GNS Science, said findings would lead to an improved understanding of the health effects of volcanic eruptions and geothermal events in the central North Island. “The improved knowledge and understanding will help to underpin health monitoring and support geothermal and Māori tourism. It will also help […]

Read More
Apr
17

Publons pair get scientific publishing moving faster

Frustrated by the glacial pace of academic research, Daniel Johnston and MacDiarmid Institute Alumnus Andrew Preston decided to propel scientific publishing into the 21st century. Everybody thinks of science as moving at a blistering pace, but it’s actually one of the most technologically challenged industries out there,” Johnston says. Preston was working as a physicist […]

Read More
Apr
10

Getting Ready for Market: what role science and scientists?

We maybe think this doesn’t or shouldn’t pertain to us as scientists but in fact we get ready for market all the time; what makes us believe that expanding our market in order to make available the outcomes of our work to so-called end users is any less worth our time and efforts, any less […]

Read More
Mar
27

What are the right career demographics?

And exactly how do you successfully succession plan? These two things might seem somewhat connected but not necessarily that they go totally hand in hand, but based on everything that I have been involved with lately, consideration of these two and working to get them right seem paramount for capturing (and assuring???) success today and […]

Read More
Mar
13

What is a PhD? How do we ensure it is fit for purpose for researchers, businesses and society?

The PhD degree has been around a very long time. Has it evolved appropriately to ensure that it is really delivering for the future needs and employability of our students, our research and education communities, the national and international business communities and more broadly society as a whole? There was a time when, for the […]

Read More
Mar
12

Auckland Arts Festival: ‘An extravaganza of explosions’

Dr Michelle Dickinson loves science and has dedicated her life to it. In fact, the senior engineering lecturer at the University of Auckland is so keen to share with the world her love for the discipline, she’s set her own hand on fire – by lighting a harmless-looking pile of methane-filled bubbles. Not as some […]

Read More
Mar
12

Kōrero with scientists 2015

Korero With Scientists resources are available to download here. Kōrero with Scientists: brings primary and early childhood educators and scientists together in ways that help teachers to understand and deliver the Nature of Science curriculum. The kōrero will demonstrate how scientists do science, give participants hands-on experience in experimental science and explain the underlying concepts. Participants will […]

Read More
Mar
03

Ruth Knibbe: Using a Scanning Electron Microscope

Materials engineer Dr Ruth Knibbe uses a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to image her own samples and samples for other scientists. Unlike a light microscope, an SEM uses a focused beam of electrons to produce images from the top surface of a sample. “So you don’t get lots of information from the bulk of your sample, […]

Read More
Feb
28

Governance Boards for Research Grants: really the best way to use our resources and people?

Blog Friday 27 February 2015 Funding in the research sector has significantly changed over the past few years and more change is to come. One thing that is rapidly becoming a constant across all of this change, however, is the requirement/proliferation of “Governance Boards”. Right now we have 11 Centres of Research Excellence and in […]

Read More
Feb
13

MacDiarmid Institute’s Seventh International Conference Huge Success

This past week we have been in Nelson hosting our seventh international conference, attended by over 500 delegates and superbly organised by our Principal Investigator Shane Telfer (Massey University) and his team. In addition to the hundreds of science presentations we have been involved in a range of outreach activities during the week. This tradition […]

Read More
Feb
10

Science meets art in nanophotography

A series of compelling photos of the nano-sized world hopes to raise the public’s fascination. The Small Matters event at Nelson’s Provincial Museum offers 50 works on the scale of a billionth of a meter in size, organiser Simon Brown said. “Giving people an insight into what really is a different world – the world […]

Read More
Feb
09

Opportunity: Alan MacDiarmid Professor and Director of The MacDiarmid Institute

Applications are now closed The MacDiarmid Institute is a Centre of Research Excellence hosted by Victoria University of Wellington.  We  are  seeking  an  individual  with  a  strong  passion  for  scientific  research  and  education and the  desire  to lead an institute  of high  national and international standing. The  successful  applicant    will    have    an    excellent    track    record    […]

Read More
Jan
30

Things anew

Welcome back everyone. I hope that this finds everyone in good health and feeling revived and inspired following the Christmas and New Year period.  We’ve started the New Year with some big changes and advances placing us in a position of strength as we head into our third contract supporting our work in the institute. […]

Read More
Jan
26

A public talk with Dr Michelle Dickinson in Nelson

The MacDiarmid Institute, together with the Nelson Science Society, warmly invites you to a presentation by Dr Michelle Dickinson, aka Nanogirl, winner of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Communication Award.  Michelle is a member of the MacDiarmid Institute, which is holding this public talk in association with its biennial international conference, AMN-7 this year in […]

Read More
Jan
23

SMALL MATTERS – ART FROM THE WORLD OF NANOTECHNOLOGY

Nelson played host to 500 of the world’s leading scientists at the MacDiarmid Institute’s biennial international conference on nanotechnology, AMN-7 from 8-12 February.  Alongside the conference the public had a chance to see some of the astonishing work of our New Zealand scientists, through an exhibition of images from nanotechnology research. Nanotechnology is the science of […]

Read More
Dec
18

Institute welcomes new Board Chair, Dr Ray Thomson

2015 brings a changing of the guard for the Representative Governance Board of The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.  Departing Chair Dr Steve Thompson, who has held the position since 2010, shared his reflections on his time with the Institute; “We have taken the Insititute through its ‘teenage’ years where we evolved from […]

Read More
Dec
18

Current PhD Scholarships

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is New Zealand’s premier research organisation in materials science and nanotechnology. PhD studentships are now open across our research areas and partnership institutions. Successful candidates will become members of the MacDiarmid Institute, a national Centre of Research Excellence which provides collaborative opportunities and a thriving environment to work in. As […]

Read More
Dec
16

Thank you, Farewell, Welcome and a Challenge

Last week was the final meeting of our current Board with several of our Board members leaving us. Steve Thompson our Board Chair is stepping down after five years in the role. He is joined by Jane Harding (University of Auckland), Charles Daugherty (Victoria University of Wellington), Fred Samandari (University of Canterbury) and Roger Ridley. […]

Read More
Dec
10

Industry Tiki Tours, November 2014

 Auckland – story by Dr Geoff Willmott A handful of curious MacDiarmid Institute students from Auckland and Canterbury participated in the inaugural MESA and MacDiarmid “Industry Tiki Tour”. This involved site visits to three exporting manufacturers in Auckland, in addition to a presentation from Rocket Lab. First stop was Buckley Systems, so we jumped on […]

Read More
Dec
08

‘Nanogirl’ wins science communication award

This year’s Prime Minister’s Science Prize for Science Communication has been awarded to Dr Michelle Dickinson, capping off a prize-winning year for the University of Auckland engineering lecturer. Dr Dickinson, a senior lecturer in Chemical & Materials Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Associate Investigator of The MacDiarmid Institute, was also named Science Communicator of […]

Read More
Dec
08

A Place to Live, Whanganui 2014

In November 2014 The MacDiarmid Institute and Victoria University of Wellington hosted A Place to Live – a national forum held in Whanganui, building on themes from the 2012 Transit of Venus Forum. The forum we discussed improving the environments and economies of our regions and smaller centres, places which offer wonderful lifestyles and also contribute significantly to national […]

Read More
Dec
04

A Place To Live – Full RNZ recordings

In November 2014, The MacDiarmid Institute hosted a forum called A Place to Live : for the life worth having in Whanganui focussed on the link between economic and environmental health in New Zealand, in particular in the regions and smaller centres. Kim Hill chaired the event, which featured a number of talks and panel […]

Read More
Nov
30

Women of Influence Recognised

Four MacDiarmind Institute Investigators; Margaret Brimble, Michelle Dickinson, Nicola Gaston and Kathryn McGrath were shortlisted in the Fairfax Media and Westpac Women of Excellence Awards. The Women of Influence Awards identify the bold, energetic women who are helping shape New Zealand and its future across eight categories. They acknowledge women who are having an impact well beyond their […]

Read More
Nov
28

The November Crush: the season of national meetings/conferences/symposia

A call for all of us (including Government Ministries and Agencies) to rethink our annual calendars In the last two weeks I have been to the MacDiarmid Institute’s public forum A Place to Live, the Institute’s Annual Investigators’ meeting in parallel with our Annual Student and Post-doc Symposium, the first ever cross-CoRE meeting and the […]

Read More
Nov
26

NZ scientist discoveres Rhett drug

An Auckland University scientist has discovered a drug to treat a crippling brain disease that affects thousands of women worldwide. Margaret Brimble and her team made the break-through that if approved will be the first New Zealand discovery registered by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Prof Brimble said the FDA might fast-track […]

Read More
Nov
24

Forum focuses on nature’s role

The children who race down Victoria Ave on their scooters to get to school struck journalist Rod Oram as an indicator of the good life in Wanganui. He was one of the 40-plus speakers at the A Place to Live conference last week. It started with Dame Anne Salmond’s lecture on Sunday night and finished […]

Read More
Nov
13

3D molecular sponges

Hydrogen has been touted as one alternative to fossil fuels, but for planes or even cars to run on hydrogen, the gas needs to be stored in large quantities. One method for storing hydrogen and other gases are materials called metal-organic frameworks (or MOFs), which are a bit like 3D molecular sponges or sieves. “The […]

Read More
Nov
13

Tech hubs will help regional life survive

Technology and innovation hubs are lifelines for regions like Northland, according to a researcher behind an economic and environmental three-day conference in Whanganui this weekend, which will see two Northlanders speak about one successful regional project. Northland Regional Council chairperson Bill Shepherd will join manager of Reconnecting Northland and keynote speaker, David Mules, at A […]

Read More

Energy Objective 2: Sustainability

The development of metal-organic frameworks will allow us to create new materials capable of gas storage and remediation; this major international challenge will lead to high impact science and leading edge training. The 6 year science specific high-level impacts for this objective are: A platform of porous materials capable of storing methane, purifying natural gas […]

Read More

Energy Objective 1: Solar Photovoltaics

The understanding of photovoltaics combined with the development of new materials and realisation of new fabrication technologies will allow us to contribute to this major international challenge and provide high impact results and leading edge training for our graduate students. The 6 year science specific high-level impacts for this objective are: New printable organic, quantum […]

Read More

Objective 3: Modelling the behaviour of new and emergent materials.

Hand in hand with these experimental investigations into materials we have theoretical and modelling projects where the dreams of materials with unconventional excitations can be realised in Objective 3. It is very efficient and achievable to explore the parameter space of electronics and optics with computer based models. Questions about how the input nanoscale structure […]

Read More

Objective 2: New Frontiers in spin polarised & superconducting materials

Within Objective 2 materials that have technological applications in superconductivity and magnetism will be explored. Here a common theme is enhanced performance of a device through management of the spin of its constituent electrons. There are amazing new applications and significant performance enhancements to the digital logic of electronics, if only the up and down […]

Read More

Objective 1: Nano-engineered surfaces for tailored electronic and optical properties

Research in Objective 1 has the common theme that surfaces of materials have the power to harm or hinder the performance of an electronic system. Through understanding the causes we will be able to control the characteristics to find exciting new science or realise a commercial function. For example, we will use the interface between […]

Read More

Objective 2: Tools for the Nanoscale

“Tools for the Nanoscale” is concerned with developing a set of novel tools and measurement platforms specifically to explore the mechanical properties of soft interfaces and how these translate into response and control of living cells. The tools will be used to explore the properties of the structures we make and to provide design data […]

Read More

Objective 1: Synthesis and Assembly

The first objective in our Functional nanostructures science area “Synthesis and Assembly”, is directed at making the basic functional units then assembling these into the hierarchically-organised multi-functional product. This objective requires research on the assembly of macromolecules, both natural and synthetic, and the way in which such assemblies can organise smaller molecules that carry the […]

Read More
Nov
10

Tomorrows Electronic Devices

Materials Century Demands High Value Products – an introduction to Materials for High Value Technologies with Science Leader Professor Simon Brown. The landscape for New Zealand’s High Value Manufacturing (HVM) sector will be energised by research on new materials that create economic value, and provide solutions to social and environmental challenges. An embedded culture of […]

Read More
Nov
10

Materials for Energy Capture and Utilisation

Energy for the future – an introduction to Materials for energy capture and utilisation with Science Leader Associate Professor Geoff Waterhouse. New technologies specifically targeted to solar energy capture and new materials that will move us towards realising a sustainable future will be in development. Overview and Summary of Goals Materials technology for energy harvesting […]

Read More
Nov
10

Functional Nanostructures

Bridging the gap – an introduction to Functional nanostructures, with Science Leader Professor Bill Williams. Materials, with designs inspired by, or manufactured using, biology will be created and used in, for example, photovoltaic materials, medicine, medical technologies, diagnostics, bioseparations, sensors and drug delivery. Creation of these new functional nanostructured materials with their enhanced capabilities will […]

Read More
Oct
31

Does our future rely on our presence offshore?

Over the weekend on Q&A (http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news/universities-should-expand-overseas-joyce-video-6116620) the Minister for Tertiary Education, the Hon Steven Joyce, as we all knew he would, and clearly sooner rather than later, started to expand on and more fully articulate his plans for change, growth and diversification of New Zealand’s tertiary education sector and in particular universities’ need to do […]

Read More
Oct
30

Detecting Oestrogen in the Environment

A team of researchers at Victoria University of Wellington have developed a novel sensor that can detect tiny amounts of the hormone oestrogen in environmental samples. Ken McNatty from the School of Biological Sciences is interested in ways of detecting environmental contaminants. “Currently we don’t have sensitive methods of detecting environmental contaminants, so my interest […]

Read More
Oct
30

Protein Nano-LEGO

“We are really interested in making things smaller these days,” says PhD student Amy Yewdall from the University of Canterbury. “And we’re thinking of proteins as a nanomaterial that we can use as building blocks for future machines, so you’ve got nanomachines that we can make, or biosensors.” In particular, Amy is working with proteins called […]

Read More
Oct
17

Women of Influence and Young Science Communicators: Movers and Shakers of Our Future

The first celebrating New Zealand Women, a Fairfax Media and Westpac initiative, now it its second year, and the second New Zealand’s young science communicators in the Sir Paul Callaghan EUREKA! Awards, a Rotary initiative running now for three years. Professor Margaret Brimble, an Associate Investigator in the institute and based in the School of […]

Read More
Oct
16

Marae keen to start up incubator

One of New Zealand’s most distinguished science bodies has formed an alliance with Wanganui’s Te Hononga Marae Trust. The director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Kate McGrath, said the two signed a memorandum of understanding three weeks ago at Patiarero Marae on the Whanganui River. A former student of the institute, […]

Read More
Oct
06

The Best 100 Science Experiments – Round 2!

Children need to engage with science as early as possible; the more science the better, for them and society. “Presenting science in ways that give students the same sense of excitement and challenge that motivates grown-up scientists is important” says The MacDiarmid Institute’s Deputy Director Stakeholder Engagement Professor Alison Downard, “that’s the thinking behind our […]

Read More
Oct
04

Trust and Science Institute Join Forces

A Whanganui charitable trust has signed a partnership with a top New Zealand research institute which it hopes will produce more Maori scientists. Nga Hononga Marae Trust has signed a memorandum of understanding with The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. The manager of the trust said the two organisations will undertake community-based science […]

Read More

Diversity of Perspective and Activities Following a Shared Vision

On Thursday last week at Hiruharama Marae, Whanganui River we formalised a partnership with the Ngā Hononga (Charitable) Marae Trust. The Trust, like us are working to build something more by utilising people’s collective efforts. They recognise the value and importance of education, participation and science in first imagining and then delivering a sustainable future […]

Read More
Sep
30

It’s getting easier to be green

Organised by Victoria University and the MacDiarmid Institute, the A Place to Live conference honours the memory of Whanganui’s Sir Paul Callaghan, the 2011 New Zealander of the Year, focusing on the economies and environments of small towns and regions. Source: The Wanganui Chronicle Story by Nicola Young. It’s getting easier to be green

Read More
Sep
30

Prestigious Fellowship for Dr Halpert

The MacDiarmid Institute’s Dr Jonathan Halpert has been awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship. A Victoria University of Wellington researcher is among a small group of leading New Zealand scientists to receive Rutherford Discovery Fellowships. Dr Jonathan Halpert, a lecturer in Victoria’s School of Chemical and Physical Sciences and an associate investigator at the MacDiarmid Institute […]

Read More
Sep
29

Percolating Cluster Devices

When clusters (nanoparticles) are randomly deposited on a surface they produce percolating films which have remarkable electrical properties. [1] Here we will focus on devices that contain percolating films of Sn and Pb clusters, and especially those that are deliberately constructed so as to guarantee that the film is close to the percolation threshold (onset […]

Read More
Sep
25

Partnership will strengthen Māori innovation and capability

Partnership will strengthen Māori innovation and capability A memorandum of understanding was signed in Whanganui on Thursday September 24 2014, between The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and Ngā Hononga Marae (Charitable) Trust. Together, the two organisations will undertake community-based science programmes to develop learning opportunities for young Māori, while also indentifying and […]

Read More
Sep
19

Leveraging resources, growing resources, diversifying income streams

But if we are always looking at only one source from which to get the more, then that is never going to be sustainable and so ultimately isn’t a viable strategy. Last week the application results for the 2014 MBIE funding round were released, as always there were major winners and losers. A massive congratulations […]

Read More

Images of Nanotechnology Competition

Entries are now open for the third Images of Nanotechnology Competition to find the best NZ images from nanotechnology research. An exhibition of selected images will be held in Nelson in February, in conjunction with the AMN7 conference and $2000 in prizes will be awarded, courtesy of the MacDiarmid Institute. Up to three entries could […]

Read More

Do you have your why? Your big goal? And can you use it to capture and share passion?

The what you would ultimately like to come from all of yours and maybe many others efforts? What is your goal that you can share with others in such a way that they would think that your research is important and interesting and allow them to share in your passion, even if it is just […]

Read More
Sep
05

Women of Influence Profiled

Four MacDiarmind Institute Investigators; Margaret Brimble, Michelle Dickinson, Nicola Gaston and Kathryn McGrath have been shortlisted in the Fairfax Media and Westpac Women of Excellence Awards. The Innovation and Science category recognises women who are driving innovation within a business, workplace or community, through their work in the sciences, medicine, academia, IT and biotechnology, finance, engineering or in organisational design and management.    Source: […]

Read More
Sep
05

Hi Ho Silver Lining

“Fusing gold and silver with wool sounds like something from the ancient Greek legend of Jason and the Golden Fleece. In twenty-first century New Zealand, it’s an idea that agri-science firm Noble Bond thinks has the potential to save New Zealand’s ailing wool industry.” Unlimited Magazine has published a significant story about Professor Jim Johnston […]

Read More
Aug
22

Are there too many groupings of scientists or is there just not enough strategic oversight?

They commented that their first impressions were that the science landscape here seems full of groups of scientists and science infrastructure people, each of which is purportedly doing similar things (and at worst advertising that they do something and when you look closer that isn’t where the money is going at all). As a consequence […]

Read More
Aug
15

Science forum targets young minds

Professor offers advice to schoolgirls and says discipline needs to attract ‘women who will make a difference’ You only live once – so do what you love.” While hardly rocket science, the advice was just as important as anything else one of our most accomplished chemists could impart to the next generation of female researchers […]

Read More
Aug
14

Sarah Thompson: How Red Pigments Fade

One of the striking features in paintings like the Girl with a Pearl Earring by Jan Vermeer (1632-1675) is the red pigments, in this case the madder lake used in her lips. But these red pigments have a tendency to fade. Sarah Thompson, a MacDiarmid Institute PhD student from the University of Auckland, is using […]

Read More
Aug
08

Is it just me??!!

Can I just call a time out for a bit! Maybe I am feeling a bit in the need of being indulgent, possibly even being indulged, at the moment, but is it possible to actually just stop for a bit? Catch our breath? Have a look at the landscape that we are now occupying and […]

Read More
Aug
06

A better understanding of graphene

Story By Ruth Beran “We make power bits run around in dark stuff” was the title of Chun Y Cheah’s winning entry in the Up-Goer Five Challenge* held at The MacDiarmid Institute’s ninth student and postdoc symposium held in November 2013. He was describing his research using only words from a list of the ten hundred […]

Read More
Jul
25

Delivering culture change: uncertainty, trust, identification

While this alone is critical to the future development of New Zealand, our pursuit of providing an outstanding educational environment for our emerging scientists also provides us with the opportunity to achieve much more than just multiplying ourselves in our own images. We can use this opportunity along with our emerging scientists themselves to change […]

Read More
Jul
11

Strategic vs. Mission-led Research: Vision, Leadership, Purpose

Or perhaps it is that we don’t like being told what to do by certain people? Or maybe it is just the way that something is contexturalised that sets up the brick wall for us as opposed to who in particular is doing the asking? When you consider the research funding vehicles that New Zealand […]

Read More
Jul
03

Dickinson & Branson Talk Sustainablilty

The MacDiarmid Institute’s Michelle Dickinson went on a whirlwind trip to Necker Island to join Richard Branson and other great minds from the worlds of business and science.  During the week-long networking event, sustainable solutions for growth using kiwi science and technology were discussed. Read more on NZ Herald

Read More
Jul
01

Bright future for solar ahead

Expect to see a solar PV panel on the north-facing surface of every building in the future. The rapidly falling cost of converting sunlight into electricity means it’s just a matter of time before solar power generation is part of the structure of new buildings. At the same time, the development of new photovoltaic materials […]

Read More
Jun
27

Taking our outreach activities to the next level

An extension of our very successful and long running series of classes in Wellington, and our next national public forum – A Place to Live went live! Both of these outreach activities are part of extended partnerships that enable us to have greater reach and deliver more impact.  Both are geared to bring together different […]

Read More
Jun
22

Sisters are doing it together

One of the most motivating pieces of advice scientist Dr Nicola Gaston ever received was being told how to dress. It was 2012, and Gaston was leaving her job at Industrial Research Ltd to take up a lecturing post at Victoria University. She was invited to give a farewell address and discuss her scientific work. […]

Read More
Jun
13

Programme based research, how do you make it work and why is it worth the effort?

For me it is essentially where a bunch of people come together, assess their skills, knowledge and expertise and collectively decide what research question they are able to tackle or particular outcome they will work to deliver by utilising all, or some subset, of their skills. The research question or outcome is something that would […]

Read More
May
30

What are we trying to achieve?

Most of us at some point have, if not actually created one, contemplated creating a 5 year plan. A plan in which we set a pathway, have something we are working towards, an outcome that we want to create or attain. We work out ways in which we can ensure that we will achieve the […]

Read More
May
16

MacDiarmid Institute Refunded: Thank you and congratulations

With the news that we have been successful in gaining funding through to the end of 2020 I get to be a bit self-indulgent this week and focus on thanking people for their participation and support during the past year or so as we developed the strategy for the bid. Many people have played very […]

Read More
May
08

Millions in funding for new CoREs of learning

The Tertiary Education Commission has today revealed the six Centres of Research Excellence (CoRES) which will get access to millions of dollars in funding. The CoREs fund – established in 2001 to encourage the development of excellent tertiary education-based research – provides operating expenditure of just under $210 million over six years, with funding beginning […]

Read More
May
08

Continued funding an endorsement of vision

Continued funding of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Material and Nanotechnology, hosted by Victoria University of Wellington, is confirmation of the contribution the Institute is making to New Zealand’s economic future says Director, Professor Kate McGrath. The Institute is one of six Centres for Research Excellence (COREs) which the Tertiary Education Commission today announced will […]

Read More
May
08

Funding confirmed for new CoREs

The Tertiary Education Commission has revealed the six Centres of Research Excellence, including The MacDiarmid Institute. The Tertiary Education Commission has revealed the six Centres of Research Excellence, including The MacDiarmid Institute, which will get access to millions of dollars in funding. “Our focus is on delivering excellent research and education, inspiring New Zealanders, training New […]

Read More
May
02

Enhancing the value (?!) of a PhD

Is a monetary amount really what value comes down to? If it is, how do you determine the value of something like a PhD and how do you go about ensuring that its value is the highest it can possibly be for the current environment? Value of course is so much more than the act […]

Read More
May
02

Dickinson a “STEM superstar”

PBS (America) has profiled MacDiarmid Institute Associate Investigator Dr Michelle Dickinson as one of the “best and brightest” STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) superstars. “Knowing that what you do can make a difference to the world’s future and you can help to solve big issues is one of the more humbling aspects of STEM, and it […]

Read More
May
02

Experiment: Sandwich Bag Magic

<< Back to The Best 100   Experiment Name: Sandwich Bag Magic A really exciting experiment introducing the concepts of exothermic and endothermic reactions. Target Age Group: Years 5-8 Curriculum area: Nature of Science/Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Alyson Aislabie from Chelsea Primary School      

Read More