In this issue of Interface we meet two current Associate Investigators, Penny Brothers and Stuart Wimbush, and we also profile new MESA chair Harry Warring. We also throw the spotlight on a few of our Alumni at different stages of their careers, to highlight just how far and wide the “MacDiarmid Impact” reaches.
In this issue we meet some of the renowned plenary and keynote speakers who attended The MacDiarmid Institute's seventh international Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology conference AMN-7, which took place in Nelson in February 2015. We also catch up with the team at Ngā Hononga Marae (Charitable) Trust Hononga Marae (Charitable) Trust to see how our partnership with them is progressing, and we hear from a primary school teacher who attended Dr Michelle Dickinson's Nanogirl Live show as part of the Auckland Arts Festival.
The stories captured in this edition of Interface abound with people who are making a difference. People who are willing to take a leap of faith, whether that be by moving half way around the world to join the MacDiarmid Institute in order to explore opportunities for their own future or those people who are forging new pathways for a future where science, community, culture, education, business and decision making are integrated without question of their mutual importance. Download this issue
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"In our minds what we have created is very real, and yet it is not tangible—you cannot hold it or show it to someone else—but you can describe it and share it; and in doing so, sometimes you have the capacity to generate something that is ultimately real. We have just been given the opportunity and resources to do exactly that. To take what is in our imagination and realise it in the form of scientific research that will deliver outcomes that will quite literally change the world." Director Kate McGrathDownload this issue
The value of collaboration "We leverage our robust and vibrant science collaborations to bring together those people and organisations that will work with us to deliver more for New Zealand. We are insatiable in this quest that our activities will create a stronger future for all New Zealanders." - Kate McGrathIn this issue we meet some of our new investigators, catch up with some of our Alumni making waves in research and industry and take a look at some of the exciting education initiatives that the institute has undertaken in recent months. Download this issue
Download this issue Innovation and Inspiration: In this issue of Interface we celebrate just some of the high–impact science being generated across The MacDiarmid Institute. We explore how our science is impacting (or has the potential to impact) areas of national and international significance including health, technology, energy & sustainability and also take a look at some of the exciting education and outreach initiatives undertaken by The Institute. We also catch up with some of our Alumni changing the world with their expertise and leadership.
From There to Where? Ensuring maximum growth, evolution and rejuvination through understanding, appreciating and acknowledging from where and how we began and ultimately greater rewards and outcomes. Can anyone doubt that the future is strongest when built on a past from which we have learnt and grown? That moving forward happens faster when we are led and guided by the past, propelled forward by it rather than being encumbered? By understanding our history, working with our strengths and merging these with new people and opportunities we ensure the creation of a future that ultimately delivers more. Download this issue
MacDiarmid Institute was proud to host the sixth biennial international Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology conference; AMN6. With about 500 delegates representing more than 40 countries, the mix of single stream and parallel sessions highlighted the breadth of our research endeavours. Art, science and education shared many stages during the conference and it is rewarding to see them becoming more common bedfellows. Our conferences, like the institute itself, are aimed at getting scientists from across the AMN breadth of expertise talking to each other, articulating their science in order to elicit interest from direct experts and also to attract potential new collaborators from complementary disciplines. AMN6 marked our success, our unique international position and our leadership in creating environments that produce real collaborations. Download this issue
The MacDiarmid Institute was built around the concepts of collaboration and research excellence. This edition of Interface highlights some of the amazing new collaborations that are happening, not just within the MacDiarmid Institute but, most importantly, because of the MacDiarmid Institute. Research programmes are being initiated within New Zealand, across institutional and disciplinary borders and, maybe most notably, between people who are just down the corridor from each other. Download this issue