Podcasts, videos, radio interviews, and tv appearances by New Zealand's Independent Research Organisations
Podcasts and audio
HERA: Calculating carbon footprint
8 July 2020: In this episode of Stirring the Pot, HERA talks about a subject that might be unfamiliar to the metals industry – and that’s calculating carbon footprint.
It’s a part of a journey toward SSC Certification that will enable businesses, especially SMEs to build their skill and capacity.
To help drive this conversation, HERA CEO, Dr Troy Coyle, is joined by Christin Schaller and Barbara Nebel of thinkstep-anz.
thinkstep-anz are a sustainability consultancy passionate about enabling organisations to succeed in sustainability using a science-based approach. They were also engaged to assist HERA in calculating their own carbon footprint as they worked to meet the criteria to become SSC Certified.
HERA: Leading metal head on a mission!
8 July 2020: In this episode of Stirring the Pot, HERA talks to recent runner up of HERA’s Leading Metalhead Award – Mikaela Keir.
As a Casting Production Engineer at New Zealand Steel, she was acknowledged in this award category as a high potential employee (not yet at Executive level) who had created a mind-shift change in her employers business.
In Mikaela’s case, recognising her contributions to champion cultural change relating to innovation and inclusiveness as well as help hire the first female casting operator at New Zealand Steel.
HERA: Hydrogen - an alternative reductant?
24 June 2020: In this episode of Stirring the Pot, HERA talks to recent recipient of HERA’s Innovation Award – Chris Bumby.
As a Victoria University of Wellingtons Senior Scientist, he has been heading exciting research that is leading towards the development of hydrogen as a reductant for iron ores.
This would mean that water, instead of carbon dioxide, would be the bi-product of reduction and may eliminate the use of coal.
Video and tv
Native red seaweed with potential to reduce methane emissions in livestock
13 June 2020: TVNZ OnDemand's Rural Delivery stopped by to hear about IRANZ member Cawthron Institute's research into Asparagopsis armata, a native red seaweed which is gaining global attention for its potential to reduce agricultural methane emissions. Watch the episode on TVNZ OnDemand
What can we expect as New Zealand joins global quest to develop a Covid-19 vaccine?
26 May 2020: The Government will spend $37 million to help a global effort to develop a vaccine against Covid-19. There's a possibility that if successful, the vaccine could be made here. But can we do it? How long will it take for a vaccine to become available? TVNZ's Seven Sharp interviews Professor Graham Le Gros from the Malaghan Institute.
Race for a vaccine: Kiwi scientists plead for more funding
2 May 2020: Kiwi scientists and researchers are urging the Government to back a national vaccine programme or risk waiting at the back of the queue. They've asked for help but a decision could be weeks away. NewsHub reporter Conor Whitten investigates the race for a vaccine.