Scion/AgriSea

As the perils of plastic production and pollution rise, Scion/AgriSea spies a solution in seaweed. Nanocellulose is considered to be a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based plastics and can be used in a vast range of products including adhesives, batteries, biomedical supplies and cosmetics. It’s widely available, biodegradable and biocompatible but the bulk of the world’s…

Prof Matt Littlejohn

Professor Matt Littlejohn’s research for LIC has identified key genetic variants that have a significant impact on production and health in our national herd. Over the last 25 years, LIC has made a number of discoveries about genes that affect production, fertility and survival among dairy and beef animals. Professor Littlejohn has advanced this work…

Paul Champion

Paul Champion’s work tackles the wicked problem of weedy waterways. Aquatic weeds can easily grow rampant, affecting recreation, interfering with hydro-generation, hindering restoration efforts and driving native species onto endangered lists. One of our leading authorities on aquatic and wetland plants, NIWA’s Paul Champion’s guides, toolkits and advice have helped organisations throughout New Zealand to…

Prof Bruce Clarkson & Dr Bev Clarkson

Outstanding leaders in terrestrial ecology, Professor Bruce Clarkson and Dr Bev Clarkson have dedicated their careers to understanding and protecting our special landscapes. Collectively, the Clarksons have attracted approximately $26 million in research funding, written nearly 200 peer-reviewed papers, supervised over 25 postgraduate students, supported many major community environmental/conservation advisory organisations and provided senior leadership…

Dr Rob Bell

From sewage to sea-level rise, Dr Rob Bell has devoted his professional life to protecting New Zealanders from water-related hazards. Principal Scientist and Programme Leader at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Dr Bell’s remarkable career began with a series of engineering projects to clean up wastewater outfall discharges into our coastal…

Dr Peter Lehrke

Dr Peter Lehrke’s expertise was critical to the design of PharmaNZ’s innovative pharmaceutical factory. A nutritional biochemist with over 25 years experience in the pharmaceutical and natural health products sectors, Dr Lehrke led the PharmaNZ technical team through the conversion of a derelict coolstore into New Zealand’s first full-service factory specialising in the production of…

Jason Morgan

Jason Morgan is helping science take great strides in the world of e-learning. Jason teaches chemistry and physics at St Peter’s in Cambridge, where he is also Director of eLearning. His enthusiasm for hand-held devices, apps and all things on-line proved invaluable during the 2020 lockdown period. Digital learning extends Jason’s longstanding interest in best-practice…

Greta Dromgool

Greta Dromgool’s teaching and contributions to the Science Learning Hub have boosted science education regionally and nationally.  Greta is hugely committed to growing a love for science, sharing her enthusiasm for the discipline with her students (currently as Head of Science at Berkley Normal Middle School) and with her peers through her role as a…

Lucy Yang

As New Product Development Technologist for PharmaNZ, Lucy Yang is on the lookout for innovative health and performance-boosting formulas. When PharmaNZ receives a brief for a new supplement, Lucy Yang’s research is the starting point. This yields vital information into ingredient benefits, potency and formulation options, as well as discoveries such as combinations that enhance…

Shalini Guleria

Shalini Guleria’s revolutionary ScienceBox enterprise empowers kids to enjoy the magic of science. Shalini makes science accessible through exciting activities using ordinary household items, provided via school visits, holiday programmes and a subscription club. The club funds free ScienceBox visits and events for low-decile communities. During lockdown Shalini created an online STEM challenge series and…