11 August, 2023
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Published Jul 4, 2023We’d like to firstly acknowledge the pressure that many of our colleagues are under, due to redundancies having been announced to address major funding shortfalls across the university sector. In recent media, our Co-Director Professor Nicola Gaston has written extensively on the wider impacts of this.. Here in our quarterly newsletter, we showcase the work of our researchers, our alumni, and our partners.
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Published Mar 30, 2023Welcome to our first newsletter of 2023, which comes hot on the heels of our hugely successful conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (AMN10) in Rotorua last month. The biennial conference was attended by nearly 500 scientists, mostly from overseas, who were welcomed with a powhiri from Ngāti Whakaue. In her opening speech, the Minister for Research, Science, and Innovation, Hon. Dr Ayesha Verrall, announced new initiatives supporting Māori and Pacific people into the Research, Science and Innovation (RSI) system and workforce.
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Published Dec 21, 20222022 saw our people out and about again. Our researchers joined an Iwi and Māori student haerenga to Oxford University, spoke with science groups and schools about how science makes its way into the marketplace, and we enjoyed our first proper get-together in almost two years.
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Published Oct 20, 2022The Institute’s first Director, Sir Paul Callaghan, had a vision for a vibrant and prosperous New Zealand transformed through science and technology. He saw it was people who would change the landscape of our hi-tech-economy, and set about training them, bringing together not just the scientists but the scientists and the businesspeople, educators, and communities.
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Published Jun 29, 2022Mānawatia a Matariki. We hope you found time to connect with family and friends over this time. As winter sets in here in Aotearoa New Zealand, and much of the world opens up for travel after two years, many of our researchers are looking forward to going abroad to reconnect in person with research collaborators.
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Published Dec 21, 2021As we come to the end of what has been extremely challenging year for many people in New Zealand and around the world, we take a look back at the highlights for our researchers in 2021.
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Published Dec 8, 2021RNZ launches Sci Fi / Sci Fact, their latest podcast and a spinoff of the popular science Materials: Fact or Fiction segment from RNZ’s Nights with Brian Crump.
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Published Sep 7, 2021This is our first update since starting our new contract and our first chance to let you know about our new Research Programmes (which began on 1 July 2021 and continue to the end of December 2028). Our research programmes address some of the greatest challenges facing New Zealand today; turning our attention towards zero carbon, zero waste and low energy tech.
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Published Dec 21, 20202020 was an extraordinarily challenging year worldwide. It came as no surprise to us as directors of the Institute to find that in the midst of all of this, the community that the MacDiarmid Institute has become was an amazing resource and support network.
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Published Oct 9, 2020We are very happy to be able to tell you that the MacDiarmid Institute has been refunded. The government announced today that we have been selected by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) in the 2019/20 CoRE round and will receive $48 million over seven-and-a-half years from July 2021–December 2028.
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Published Jun 1, 2020During these unfamiliar times, independent science communication has come into its own. Here we celebrate the work of the scientist communicators working hard to help us keep ourselves and everyone around us safe.
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Published Dec 19, 20192019 has been another successful year for the Institute. This year four of our researchers were awarded medals at the Royal Society Honours Awards for excellent achievement in their respective fields. MacDiarmid Institute researchers were awarded over $26 million in competitive funding. Three of our people won at the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.
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Published Nov 5, 2019Last month, Climate Change Minister Hon James Shaw checked out sustainable technology research in our labs; new battery technologies, luminescent solar concentrators, printed photovoltaics, and next generation computing devices.