Podcasts, videos, radio interviews, and tv appearances by New Zealand's Independent Research Organisations
Podcasts and audio
HERA: The living building challenge
27 May 2020: In this episode of Stirring the Pot, HERA talks with former Director of Australia’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (or SBRC for short) – Professor Paul Cooper. His work was focused on bringing together a wide range of researchers to holistically address the challenges of making our buildings sustainable and effective places to live and work in.
In particular, Paul talks about retrofitting existing buildings to make them more sustainable.
Covid-19 vaccine two years away, and could be NZ-made - research leader
26 May 2020: RNZ Checkpoint. A Covid-19 vaccine is being described as the Everest of medicine, and the race is on to beat corporate interests to the top of the mountain, Professor Graham Le Gros from Malaghan Institute says.
The government has announced $37 million towards a vaccine strategy with the goal to generate adequate supplies of a safe Covid-19 vaccine at the earliest possible time.
Covid-19 vaccine strategy needed, scientists say
30 April 2020: RNZ Nine to Noon. There are urgent calls for the government to develop a national vaccine strategy, and someone to lead it, amid fears New Zealand could be at the back of the queue for any potential Covid-19 vaccine. Most infectious disease experts agree any Covid-19 vaccine is at best 12 to 18 months away.
Professor Graham Le Gros, who heads biomedical research at the Malaghan Institute, says relying on other countries for a vaccine is the wrong approach. He's working on a New Zealand-made vaccine.
“We’re in a privileged position in New Zealand in that we can learn from some of the vaccine developments occurring elsewhere.”
Video and tv
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.
Cawthron Science at Home: Microscopic Art Challenge
22 April 2020: IRANZ member the Cawthron Institute have been developing a great series of Science at Home videos for primary-aged children.
This week they're getting arty✍️👩🎨🎨! Check out this video featuring some Cawthron creative cats who have shared their microscopic and 'under the sea' themed art with us.