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.


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.


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.