Local students experience real life aquaculture science

May 2018: Testing the effect of caffeine on shellfish isn't a typical science lesson for most Year 13 students. But for 150 Nelson secondary biology students, experiments on mussels have been on the menu at workshops at the Cawthron Aquaculture Park.

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Suzi Kerr appointed to Interim Climate Change Commission

April 2018: Motu Senior Fellow, Dr Suzi Kerr has been appointed to the Interim Climate Change Committee. The Committee's goal is getting New Zealand down to net-zero emissions by 2050, with 100 per cent renewable electricity generation by 2035. 

Dr Kerr is currently a Senior Fellow at Motu, a Principal Investigator in Te Punaha Matatini, a centre of research excellence focused on networks and complex systems, and an Adjunct Professor at Victoria University.

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Independent Research Association of New Zealand

IRANZ is an association of independent research organisations. IRANZ represents the collective interests of members by undertaking activities aimed at creating a positive operating environment for Independent Research Organisations in New Zealand.

IRANZ member organisations make vital contributions to a broad range of scientific fields, and offer an important complement to university-based and Crown Research Institute research. Our smaller sizes and greater flexibility provide an environment that is particularly conducive to innovation and end-user engagement.

IRANZ member organisations:

  • Are ‘independent’ (non-government owned);
  • Carry out high-quality scientific research, development or technology transfer;
  • Have strong linkages with end-users;
  • Work in a diverse range of settings and subject specialities;
  • Derive a significant portion of their work from Government research contracts;
  • Collaborate with universities, Crown Research Institutes and research departments of industrial organisations; and
  • Having varying governance and ownership arrangements.

Find out more about IRANZ and our members by checking out our News page.