Author: Editorial Team

May
02

Experiment: Cricket Stump Pulleys

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Cricket Stump Pulleys Target Age Group: Years 5-8 Curriculum area: Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Paul Buckton from Wairau Valley Special School        

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May
02

Experiment: Borax Snowflakes

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Borax Snowflakes What are crystals? How do they grow? Target Age Group: Years 5-6 Curriculum area: Nature of Science/Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Tracey McKinlay-Smith from St Mary’s School, Hastings.

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May
02

Experiment: What is Air Pressure?

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: What is Air Pressure? How do planes (or kites) fly? Target Age Group: Years 0-5 Curriculum area: Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Chris Stuart, a relief teacher.

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May
02

The Best 100 Science Experiments

The MacDiarmid Institute in conjunction with (what was previously) The New Zealand Teachers Council and NZEI Te Riu Roa run regularly scheduled competitions to find the The Best 100 Science Experiments for Kiwi classrooms. Primary School teachers from around the country entered their experiments, with the chance of winning a place in this “Experiment Bank”. Here you will find resources for teachers […]

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Apr
28

Experiment: Leaping Canisters

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Leaping Canisters What happens when a gas gets trapped? Target Age Group: Years 7-8 Curriculum area: Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Debi Tazi-Cordtz from Balmacewen Intermediate School

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Apr
28

Experiment: Oobleck

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Oobleck Once you’ve made your non-newtonian fluid, make it dance! Target Age Group: All ages Curriculum area: Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Karen Hallahan from Porirua School

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Apr
28

Experiment: Oobleck Boogie

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Oobleck Boogie This is a very fun extension of the Oobleck experiment. Target Age Group: Years 1-5 Curriculum area: Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Greta Dromgool from Berkley Normal Middle School

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Apr
28

Experiment: Rainbow Milk

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Rainbow Milk Why do we use soap? What does it do to dirt and oil on our hands? A very exciting experiment! Target Age Group: Years 1-8 Curriculum area: Physical World/Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Sarah Gibbs from Waihope School. […]

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Apr
28

Experiment: Separation Of Substances

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Separating Substances An interactive experiment that let’s students use their investigative skills and lots of different scientific methods to solve a problem Target Age Group: Years 7-8 Curriculum area: Physical World/Material World/Nature of Science Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Ed Dainty from […]

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Apr
28

Experiment: Straw Flutes

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Straw Flutes An introduction to vibrations and how sound is made Target Age Group: Years 3-6 Curriculum area: Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Roger Pooley  

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Apr
28

Experiment: Elephant Toothpaste

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Elephant’s Toothpaste This experiment creates an exothermic reaction – that means it not only creates foam it creates heat! Target Age Group: Year’s 7-8 Curriculum area: Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Kerri Guard from Hawera Intermediate School 

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Apr
28

Experiment: Hovering Butterflies

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Hovering Butterflies A great introduction to magnets Target Age Group: Years 1-4 Curriculum area: Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Barbara Ryan from Muritai School   Students from Muritai School with their hovering butterflies

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Apr
28

Experiment: Ice Babies

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Ice Babies Target Age Group: Years 3-8 Curriculum area: Material World/Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Brendda Salt from Tomarata School

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Apr
15

Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards 2014

The MacDiarmid Institute is proud to once again be a Silver Sponsor for the 2014 Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards programme. The Sir Paul Callaghan EUREKA! Awards programme identifies and fosters young leaders who, through their knowledge of science, technology, engineering or mathematics, their entrepreneurial vision, and their persuasive communication skills, will bring about the […]

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Apr
14

Thermal Memories

Story by Ruth Beran Hysteresis Many materials have memory. If a rubber band is stretched, for example, and then let go, it will be slightly larger than before it was stretched. This is called elastic hysteresis. Similarly, materials like iron can be magnetised, and will remain magnetised indefinitely, until demagnetised by heat or a magnetic […]

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Apr
11

IP the opportunities and the difficulties: how do we get this right – for everyone?!

We can identify things that can be introduced to enhance the system as a whole, or subsets thereof and perhaps most importantly what grit is making the wheels, at best, stick, at worst, make something grind to a halt. One of the things that never seems to be far away from any such discussions, no […]

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Apr
11

Experiment: Naked Egg

Experiment Name: Naked Egg During this experiment, you will demonstrate how to create a translucent (naked) egg by causing a chemical reaction to break-down its calcium and erode it’s shell. Target Age Group: Years 1-3 Curriculum area: The Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Jenni Gilbertson from Ohakune Primary […]

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Apr
11

Experiment: Bottle Rockets

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Bottle Rockets A fun, messy experiment exploring aerodynamics and air pressure.  Target Age Group: Years 7-8 Curriculum area: The Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Chris Theobald from Sacred Heart School

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Apr
11

Experiment: Green Eggs and Ham

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Green Eggs and Ham Learn about acid and alkaline with this fun experiment! Target Age Group: Years 7-8 Curriculum area: The Material World Download this experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Joanne Bates from Richmond Early Learning Centre, Nelson. You can read her wonderful account of doing this […]

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Apr
04

Lasers Solve Dairy Sperm Problem

Principal Investigator Associate Professor Cather Simpson and the team at the University of Auckland’s Photon Factory, a high-tech laser research hub, have conducted artificial insemination research which has led to discovering a process for sorting sperm cells according to sex. The New Zealand Herald’s Simon Eskow reports. Read More

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Mar
28

Communicating Science

There are even prizes for doing it … well … (quite substantial prizes in some cases), but what does science communication really mean and what parts of the broad spectrum of what people think of as science communication are going to drive the generation of a science-literate New Zealand who collectively have the capacity to […]

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Mar
25

Biobead Vaccines

At Massey University, Bernd Rehm and his team at PolyBatics are using bacteria as factories to produce tiny bioplastic beads which are genetically engineered to display designer molecules on the surface. These molecules are disease-specific antigens so when they are injected into the body they can generate immunity. Some of the vaccines being developed could […]

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Mar
18

Women in Science

More women than ever are stepping into labs, but few of them are making it to science’s highest offices. In an article featuring two Principal Investigators from The MacDiarmid Institute – Dr Nicola Gaston and Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble – science reporter Jamie Morton looks at what can be done to close the gender gap.  Related article Nicola […]

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Mar
14

Two Degrees of Separation and Ten Degrees of Conflict of Interest!

All of them in the end seem to really have as the underlying factors transparency and integrity. For some of the situations I have faced the outcome was, in my opinion, a pandering to the worst case scenario resulting in a process applied to all to deal with something that might have happened once in […]

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Feb
28

Want more? Be specific! AND explain why

More of everything no matter what it is? And while we generally place boundaries on our own demands ourselves or they are placed there for us, in the end if there were no consequences would we ever stop? But in wanting or asking for more shouldn’t we know what the more will be used for; […]

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Feb
14

How do we create STEM graduates without STEM trained teachers?

Here is what I know… Science and Mathematics will provide jobs for our children Science and Mathematics is and will continue to be responsible for our high standard of living Science and Mathematics will ensure that New Zealand increases its economic standing internationally Training in Science and Mathematics will provide the set of skills needed […]

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Feb
04

International Award for Alison Downard

Congratulations to Professor Alison Downard, University of Canterbury, who was recently recognised by the international electrochemistry community, when she won the 2014 Electrochemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute’s Stokes Medal. The R.H. Stokes Medal is awarded for distinguished research in the field of electrochemistry carried out mainly in Australasia. Past recipients include R.H. Stokes, […]

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Feb
04

Nanocamp 2014 in Review

By Associate Professor Michele Governale From the 15th to the 17th of January SCPS hosted the 6th edition of Nanocamp, a week-long science camp sponsored by The MacDiarmid Institute for students starting their last year of high school in 2014. The selection process to be admitted to Nanocamp is extremely competitive, with the best science students in the country […]

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Feb
04

Kate McGrath Discusses Outreach Initiatives

The MacDiarmid Institute’s director, Professor Kate McGrath spoke with Radio New Zealand’s Kathryn Ryan about the Institute’s commitment to help train and equip teachers to confidently teach science at all levels from Early Childhood up, through initiatives like the Korero with Scientists programme. Kate also discussed the other outreach projects The MacDiarmid Institute is championing, […]

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Jan
31

Strategic Partnerships Developing a Viable Common Goal

We are an organisation in our own right; we have responsibilities to deliver on our own mission but in doing so we must also ensure that our activities aid our partners in realising their missions. We have our own identity and yet without our partners we would not exist and therefore as our identity is […]

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Dec
25

Ojas Mahapatra Appointed CEO

Dr  Ojas Mahapatra, who recently finished his doctorate in Physics at University of Canterbury, has been offered the role of the CEO of a Dunedin based company Photonic Innovations Ltd. He was supervised and mentored by Prof Simon Brown in his doctoral research. Photonic Innovations Ltd is a spin-out company from University of Otago that […]

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Dec
20

The Christmas Wrap

We’ve had another big year. We welcomed two new Deputy Directors Profs David Williams (UoA) and Alison Downard (UoC) (Shaun Hendy stepping down at the end of last year and Simon Brown at mid year). We also welcomed six new Principal Investigators (Natalie Plank (VUW), Cather Simpson (UoA), John Kennedy (GNS), Duncan McGillivray (UoA), Bernd […]

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Dec
17

Get Off The Grass!

  In “Get Off The Grass!” (Auckland University Press) Shaun Hendy and Paul Callaghan take a quantitative look at how innovation works both in New Zealand and around the world. They show that economic geography plays a key role in determining rates of innovation and productivity. If New Zealand is to grow its economy more rapidly […]

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Dec
16

Anzode & Synthodics

A new patented battery chemistry, to empower the new generation of clean technologies. The battery electrode expertise of Simon Hall (Massey University) was licensed to Anzode Inc in 2003. The company develops and manufactures storage solutions for cleantech applications based on rechargeable stabilized zinc technology. The battery technology can be used in applications ranging from […]

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Dec
16

Million Dollar Boost

Hands up if you think it’s high time someone came up with a battery that’s cheaper and more sustainable than the ones you can currently buy? A research team at Massey University has been awarded nearly $1 million to do just that. SOURCE: Idealog.co.nz Further Reading: Long Life In Battery Development Futher Reading: Simon Hall: […]

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Dec
16

Aeroqual

“We want to be an instrument for better air — by changing the way companies, people and governments measure air quality.” “Our specialty is to offer accurate, real-time measurements using robust and cost effective instruments. Our design philosophy says that measurement data should be captured, logged, transmitted and displayed in a way that is most […]

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Dec
16

Sector Pins Hopes on Golden Fleece

A golden yarn developed by Kiwi scientists and containing pure gold is expected to be sold to wealthy buyers of luxury carpets, rugs and furnishings.  Unlike the golden fleece in Greek mythology the yarn and completed woollen products will not have a golden colour at this stage. The Aulana-branded wool has been developed by Professor […]

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Dec
16

BoutiQ

BoutiQ Nanoparticle Solutions was founded by Richard Tilley (Victoria University of Wellington) and MacDiarmid Institute alumnus Dr John Watt, to commercialise Tilley’s research into solution-based synthesis of nanocrystals. BoutiQ sells customised nanoparticles to scientists and engineers internationally. 

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Dec
16

Engender Technologies

Engender is an early-stage start-up funded jointly by venture capital investors and University of Auckland Uniservices. It is based on the work of Cather Simpson on high-resolution microfabrication, and laser-based manipulation techniques for small organisms. Other work on microfabrication and manipulation of small organisms, developed through MacDiarmid Institute collaborations, is being commercialised through University of Auckland Uniservices. […]

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Dec
16

Izon

“Izon Science designs and manufactures precision instrumentation for nano- and micro-scale particle analysis. The instrument systems, the qNano and qViro-X, are now in use in a wide range of research institutes and universities around the world.” www.izon.com Izon Sciences has benefited greatly from MacDiarmid work addressing the mechanisms of particle transport through nanopores (research conducted by […]

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Beam Me Up Scotty

Deep in the heart of The University of Auckland’s Science Faculty, amazing advancements are taking place with lasers at the Photon Factory. If that sounds like something straight out of Star Trek, in reality, the work of Director Cather Simpson and her students and staff is scarcely less remarkable.

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Dec
16

Noble Bond

Bonding silver and gold to wool at the molecular level, Noble Bond supplies and licenses scientific treatments and brands for use by woollen textile manufacturers and dyers.  Silver treatment brand NgaPure gives wool anti-microbial properties meeting a growing need by public transport, medical and active wear markets to reduce the spread of germs and viruses. […]

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Dec
16

HTS100 & Scott Technology

HTS100, now part of Scott Technology (TIN100), was founded on the work of Jeff Tallon and co-workers and is a world leader in the fabrication and application of high-temperature super-conductors.  Tallon is a founding PI of the MacDiarmid Institute and his work has been significantly supported and leveraged through our network. The technology base of the company is now strongly […]

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Dec
16

Magritek

“MRI and NMR for everyone, everywhere” Magritek is an advance technology company exporting from Germany and New Zealand to customers all over the world. Magritek was founded in 2004 to exploit the expertise of Sir Paul Callaghan in NMR spectroscopy (Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington). Magritek’s low-cost, portable NMR and MRI products lead […]

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Dec
06

The Bid is Gone – YAY – let the doing begin!

Eight months of living and breathing the MacDiarmid Institute Centre of Research Excellence funding proposal to come down to a click of the mouse. Where were the trumpets, the marching band, the ticker tape parade?! Shouldn’t such a momentous occasion be marked with an explosion of lights and fanfare rather than the soft snoring sound […]

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Nov
29

Science training for teachers

Media Release: November 29 2013 Teachers’ pleas for quality professional development in science have been answered through a new partnership between The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and NZEI Te Riu Roa’s professional development arm. The announcement comes just as the government has announced $3 million to support primary school science teachers, after […]

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Nov
28

Richard Blaikie Honoured

Outstanding New Zealand researchers have been awarded prestigious medals at the Royal Society of New Zealand 2013 Research Honours event, held in Dunedin. President of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Sir David Skegg FRSNZ, says it is important to recognise the achievements of New Zealand’s top scientists and scholars. “These medallists have all made […]

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Nov
25

Marsden Success 2013

Four Principal Investigators of The MacDiarmid Institute have been awarded Marsden Fund grants. Congratulations to Principal Investigators Profs Sally Brooker (Otago) Alison Downard (Canterbury) and Jeff Tallon (Callaghan Innovation) and Associate Investigator Dr Franck Natali (Victoria) for their success as the lead scientists on newly awarded Marsden grants. Graphene supercapacitors: transforming energy storage solutions Professor […]

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Nov
25

Big Results, Tiny Particles

Nanoparticles are attracting worldwide scientific interest because of their potential applications, particularly in the fields of biomedical research and industrial processes. “Our goal is to use them to benefit science and, ultimately, mankind,” says The MacDiarmid Institute’s Richard Tilley. SOURCE: “Victorious” – Victoria University of Wellington.   Read More

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Nov
25

Meet NanoGirl

Dr Michelle Dickinson is an Associate Investigator for The MacDiarmid Institute who aspires to be a real life Superhero! Michelle strongly believes that everyone should have access to science and learning about how things around you work, regardless of who you are or what your education level is. Watch her exciting Ted X talk about […]

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Nov
22

The “real” cost of funding applications – isn’t there a better way?

That is, the true cost of the research is straightforwardly determined and transparent to all.  Essentially what this correlates to is an overhead charge being added to all salaries included in all funding requests, similar to a charge out rate for professional services of say lawyers and accountants. This overhead correlates to an institution’s estimate […]

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Nov
20

Fish Eyes Used to Detect Disease

University of Canterbury researchers (lead byThe MacDiarmid Institute’s Juliet Gerrard) are using discarded fish eyes to help develop sensors that will detect health problems in humans. SOURCE: The Press Read More

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Nov
20

Five Days of Intense NanoScience

Two New Plymouth students have been chosen to attend an exclusive “nanocamp” science programme at The MacDiarmid Institute in January.  Source: Taranaki Daily News Online Read More

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Nov
20

He Is Ion Man

The simplest way to describe what Andreas Markwitz and his team have done is that they’ve developed a ray gun that makes metal magically stronger. SOURCE: The Dominion Post Read More

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Nov
20

Cather Simpson Wins Award for Excellence In Teaching

The MacDiarmid Institute’s Cather Simpson, Associate Professor at the University of Auckland, has a passion for putting science in the hands of the learners, coupled with a strong commitment to diversity.  She recently won an awards for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching. SOURCE: National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence Further Reading: Beam Me Up Scotty […]

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Nov
20

Nicola Gaston on Sexism in Science

The MacDiarmid Institute’s Dr Nicola Gaston speaks with Radio New Zealand’s Bryan Crump about sexism in science.  SOURCE: Radio New Zealand Nicola’s Blog Why Science Is Sexist Read More

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Nov
20

National Science Challenges

  The MacDiarmid Institute’s Director, Professor Kate McGrath speaks to Radio New Zealand about the missed opportunities in the New Zealand Government’s recently announced “National Science Challenges.” SOURCE: Radio New Zealand : National   Read More

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Nov
08

Just how important is mentoring?

There were many components to his talk but towards the end he introduced a particular exemplar of something that worked to enhance innovation and achieve economic benefits via research translation within an environment  that included or indeed was potentially even triggered by the University of Waterloo. Communitech in Canada, (http://www.communitech.ca/) started by a group of […]

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Nov
06

The Best 100 Experiments

In 2013, The MacDiarmid Institute in conjunction with The New Zealand Teachers Council, launched a competition to find the The Best 100 Science Experiments for Kiwi classrooms. Primary School teachers from around the country entered their experiments, with the chance of winning a place in the “Experiment Bank”. The competition will run again next year, with 100 experiments being […]

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Oct
25

Research translation academic style: The elements of getting it right

There are many extraordinary exemplars internationally where the universities act as the vibrant hub of a burgeoning startup and innovation system.  Graduates are employed in their hundreds including a hefty chunk of PhD graduates.  Indeed these PhD graduates are right at the heart of it, starting the new companies and/or having the high level skills […]

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Oct
23

Nature Of Science

The MacDiarmid Institute has created these resources to help teachers and students better understand the Nature of Science, the overarching, unifying strand of the New Zealand Science Curriculum. Through ‘Nature Of Science’ students learn what science is and how scientists work. They develop the skills, attitudes, and values to build a foundation for understanding the world. They come […]

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Oct
23

Nature Of Science – Meet Our Scientists

  Bill, Alex, Cather, Maan, Shaun and Sandy work at The MacDiarmid Institute. They all do science for a living, but have very different jobs and persepectives. One thing they all have in common is their passion for science. Click on a scientist’s name to watch their video, or watch the whole playlist here.     […]

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Oct
11

Opportunity calls to the prepared mind! Are you a prepared mind?

I don’t believe in serendipity – show the exact same information to several people, even several people with the same type and level of training and some will shrug their shoulders and go so what and a very few will smile and realise that they have something – something that could be great.  And then, […]

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Sep
27

When do you actually think about what might be vs. when could you? Maximise the full impact of your research!

At one level all of these questions have the same answer – to have impact! Impact within the research discipline, impact on the wider community and ultimately, impact on the World. Research makes a difference.  And let’s face it all of us want to make a difference, most likely as big a difference as possible. […]

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Sep
13

Mobilising our forces and creating strong partnerships

People working together to create a single entity, to realise a specific outcome or to explore and resolve a problem using their individual and collective expertise.  So everyone should jump at the chance of working together – right?  Furthermore they should immediately see the advantage of teaming up with people of complementary skills and creating […]

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Sep
12

Our Stories: Jim Metson

It wasn’t so long ago that ministries didn’t have scientific advisers or if they did, they were in-house appointments, but in recent years such jobs have tended to go to those working outside the building – such as Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, the Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, or Dr Ian Ferguson, the […]

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Aug
30

Success = People

By almost anyone’s definition the MacDiarmid Institute is a very successful research consortium of leading New Zealand scientists.  The success is achieved and maintained through the willingness of its members to participate in impactful science research in a collaborative vein.  But it is much more than that.  Our people deliver on the broader strategic aims […]

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Aug
28

Pounamu In The Media

Full media release can be found here. Game Day media release can be found here. Pounamu has appreciated coverage from the following websites/publications Radio New Zealand – http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/2567478 Harakeke Hub – Children at Amesbury School. TechDay NZ Science Teacher Gravida Te Papa SciBlogs EsocSci Science Learn Social Media Join the event on Facebook follow the #Pounamu tag on […]

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Aug
27

MBIE Appoints Chief Science Advisor



“Science and innovation are central components in the Government’s agenda to improve business productivity and the quality of life for New Zealanders, and underpin New Zealand’s economic success,” Deputy Chief Executive Paul Stocks said.

 “As the Ministry responsible for science, we deliver policy and services that develop and support a high-performing science and innovation ecosystem. […]

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Aug
16

Get off the Grass Launched

On Thursday 15th August, more than two hundred people turned up at Victoria University of Wellington to see the launch of Get Off the Grass, a book that was co-written by the late Sir Paul Callaghan and MacDiarmid Institute investigator, Professor Shaun Hendy. At the launch Victoria University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, Neil Quigley, spoke about the […]

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Aug
16

Get off the Grass!

The book is the follow up on Paul’s 2009 book “Wool to Weta” Transforming New Zealand’s Culture and Economy, both published by Auckland University Press.  In the few years prior to Paul’s death he began to explore the ideals of New Zealand and its economy and the place that science had in working to define […]

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Aug
12

Pounamu : Exploring a science savvy New Zealand in 2023

Media Release Monday August 12 – Media Release: Pounamu: exploring a science savvy New Zealand in 2023 Date: August 29 12.00pm – August 30 12.00pm Location: Anywhere with an internet connection Issued by: The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, StratEDGY Strategic Foresight Mātini māmano ka rapa te whai By many, by thousands, the work (project) will be […]

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Aug
02

Jeff Tallon Victoria University of Wellington Distinguished Alumni

Jeff has many plaudits already including being awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand’s top award; the Rutherford Medal in 2002, jointly being presented the Inaugural Prime Minister’s Science Prize in 2009 with Dr Bob Buckley his long-time colleague, collaborator and friend and receiving a DSC from VUW in 1997. Jeff has held a James […]

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Institute For The Future – Foresight Engine

  The Institute for the Future (IFTF) is an independent nonprofit research group. IFTF works with organizations of all kinds to help them make better, more informed decisions about the future. IFTF provides the foresight to create insights that lead to action.   Pounamu is being run with the support of the Institute for the […]

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Jul
19

Callaghan Innovation: Research for Economic Growth

In it is summarised many of the messages that we have been hearing since Callaghan Innovation was launched on 1 February of this year.  The business proposition was strongly stated: Callaghan Innovation will deliver the research needs of New Zealand high value manufacturing industry in order to create real dollar returns. Few would challenge such […]

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Jul
05

New Deputy Director Professor Alison Downard

Alison is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Canterbury she started as a lecturer at Canterbury in 1988, which was her first academic appointment.  She is a founding Principal Investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute.  Alison is an internationally recognised leader in surface modification and engineering using electrochemical methods.  She has pioneered many of […]

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Jun
21

Simon Brown Deputy Director 2011-2013

Simon was the inaugural holder and instigated our first commercialisation plan, introducing the concept of scoping and in-depth projects. These projects are geared to facilitate the analysis of MacDiarmid Institute research with respect to its commercial potential.  They act as a conduit; providing the beginnings of a feedback loop between the commercial and research domains […]

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Jun
18

Wayne Ngata joins MacDiarmid board

Dr Ngata, based in Ūawa (Tolaga Bay) on the East Coast of the North Island, is of Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāti Ira and Ngāti Porou descent. He has a significant history of involvement with the MacDiarmid Institute and its former Director, the late Sir Paul Callaghan, including a key role on the steering and […]

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Jun
13

Previous Years

Award for outstanding Maori and Pacifika year 12 and 13 pupils. $1000 plus 2 weeks lab experience. “I entered this Award wondering whether to do law or pursue a career in science and I leave wondering whether to do Physics, Chemistry or Engineering. The discovery awards programme has shown me the importance of R & […]

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Jun
07

Is collaboration actually a competitive advantage?

They are discussing it in opposition to competition.  As a way of undoing a bad couple of decades for New Zealand, with an overly competitive [income and input][1]system touted as being the root of why as a country we have not delivered as many outcomes as our potential capacity indicates that we could.  That collaboration […]

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