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Our partnerships

Our partnerships - manaakitanga

Children enjoying House of Science experimentsThe MacDiarmid Institute has ongoing partnerships with many inspiring organisations and individuals throughout Aotearoa to help us share science and a passion for discovery with others.

These partnerships take science out of the lab to make it hands-on, useful and inspiring.

The aim is to generate a nationwide culture change where science and innovation are celebrated as the keys to New Zealand’s future prosperity. We need new generations of committed scientists who can explore novel ways to address technological, societal and environmental challenges.

Bringing science to life for young people and their families will hopefully create the passionate investigators of tomorrow.

Out of the laboratory

Taking science out of the laboratory has been at the heart of the MacDiarmid Institute from the very beginning, built as it was on Sir Paul Callaghan’s vision of inspiring teachers, students and communities.

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House of Science

Tauranga-based charity, the House of Science, provides inspiring resources to schools and teachers to help raise scientific literacy. We have provided the charity with MacDiarmid Institute Nano-Chem boxes that include hands-on materials science and nanotech experiments.

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Our investigators partner with companies to address their specific technological and scientific challenges. Our focus is increasingly on providing industry with sustainable technology solutions.

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Lab in a Box

Lab-in-a-Box is a mobile science laboratory that tours rural communities and schools. It includes our MacDiarmid Institute Nano-Chem boxes to introduce people to hands-on nanochemistry experiments such as polymerisation, crystallisation and hydrophobic surfaces.

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Nanogirl is the alter ego of former MacDiarmid Institute Associate Investigator Dr Michelle Dickinson. Through Nanogirl presentations, Michelle has helped us take our advanced materials and nanotechnology resources to a much bigger audience.

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Te Papa

Our partnership with Te Papa Tongarewa will see future sustainable technologies become part of the museum’s new nature exhibition opening in 2019.

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The Spinoff

We have partnered with The Spinoff online magazine and news site, to create a science page with lively-written science stories for The Spinoff’s young and engaged (and growing) audience.

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Travelling Science Showcase

In partnership with the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT), the Dodd-Walls Centre and the Otago Museum we are developing a travelling science showcase. This will tour museums up and down the country in 2019 and 2020 to bring hi-tech science stories to the general public.

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We have partnered with the Whakarewarewa Village Charitable Trust in Rotorua. Our partnership will link Western materials science with mātauranga Māori to explore the secrets of this unique and precious geothermal area.

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Other partnerships

We have formal Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with a number of international organisations. Along with our many current partnerships and community relationships, we are proud to have supported a range of different organisations.

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Community engagement

As well as these formal partnerships we also have a long and proud history of community engagement.

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