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Connections 46 eNewsletter out now
March 2024: Another bumper issue of the IRANZ newsletter is out now. It's chock full of the latest independent science research news from around Aotearoa New Zealand.
IRANZ science briefing released
MRINZ: Vaccination needle size matters
Malaghan: Where MAIT cells live and their role in allergic disease
Taiuru: Facial Recognition and Artificial Intelligence Profiling
Motu: Urban water security - Assessing the impacts of metering
Aqualinc: The groundwater crisis - the need for new data
Lincoln Agritech: Identifying waterway health
Cawthron: Research investigates carbon sequestration potential of kelp
Bragato: Research in grapevine resilience
WSP: E-scooter safety back in the spotlight
BRANZ: Building for our changing climate seminar series
. . . And much more.
PromethION genome sequencer at the Bragato Research Institute. Photo: Bragato Research Institute.
IRANZ science briefing released
March 2024: The Briefing for Incoming Ministers (Science, Innovation & Technology) was sent to the new Minister of Science, Innovation & Technology, the Hon. Judith Collins, as well as other ministers with an interest in the science portfolio early in February.
The IRANZ briefing says that New Zealand can only gain from increasing its investment in high-impact and excellent research, and says the Government must do this if it wants to achieve a high-performing economy, world-leading social well-being, protection for the environment, and an efficient 21st century infrastructure.
The briefing points out the Government plays a vital role in investing in and promoting scientific research, and that the Government’s SIT strategies, policies, and investment portfolios should consider impact across the entire research, science, innovation, and technology ecosystem, including IROs.
As well as outlining the role of the Independent Research Association (IRANZ) and its member organisations, the briefing outlined areas of concern for IRANZ within the current science system.
The new Minister of Science, Innovation, and Technology the Hon. Judith Collins. Photo: The Beehive.
Welcome to the 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.