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
The Project NZ (TV3) – With the biggest brains on the job, how long till we get that COVID vaccine?
16 July 2020: The global mission for a COVID-19 vaccine continues and the world’s biggest brains are on the job. But how long will it take? Research Director Professor Graham Le Gros talked to The Project NZ about the players in this race against time.
Science and the Cannabis Referendum
10 July 2020: The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Dr Juliet Gerard put together an expert panel to summarise and critique the evidence to help people make up their mind on how to vote in the coming referendum.
This video overview features leading scientists giving a diverse perspective on the state of the research. Amongst the scientists are Dr Irene Braithwaite (MRINZ Deputy Director), and two MRINZ Medicinal Cannabis Programme collaborators, Professor Giles Newton-Howes and Professor Joseph Boden.
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