The MacDiarmid Emerging Scientists Association (MESA) was formed in 2010 to expand the opportunities available to MacDiarmid Institute PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. It works to improve networking among them and establish a sense of community.

MESA provides a valuable role in the management structure of the MacDiarmid Institute, acting as a hub for our emerging scientists. MESA was an initiative of our emerging scientist cohort and is a representative grouping encompassing all PhD and PDFs supervised by MacDiarmid Institute Investigators. MESA actively initiates and delivers a range of workshops and seminars, creates and delivers on outreach opportunities and networking, and works with the Director and Deputy Directors to help deliver on initiatives such as the new Industry Internships and the commercial scoping projects. The Chair of the MESA Committee is a member of the Science Executive; this together with the formal structure and function that MESA have adopted, offers an outstanding avenue for developing leadership throughout our membership.

Contact us and get involved

MESA encourages all PhD students and postdoctoral researchers within the MacDiarmid Institute to participate with the many technical workshops and networking events organized throughout the year. There are many ways to get involved and see what events are coming up. Follow us on social media or contact us through email to get started.


Facebook: Mesa MacDiarmid

Twitter: MESAMacDiarmid

2018 Bootcamp

Every year, a group of MacDiarmid students and postdocs gather in a regional location for the annual MESA Bootcamp. The 2018 Surfaces Bootcamp, 27th – 30th of August, was in Wanaka.

Participants shared their own research, with everyone having an opportunity to present. MacDiarmid Institute investigators gave talks on the theme topic. Participants got to develop their understanding of surface interactions in nanoscience with direct guidance from experts in the fields of surface characterisation, fabrication, and functionalisation.

There was also time to socialise and explore the area, with some people seeing snow for the first time. Both the formal and the social times built networks and opened up collaboration possibilities.