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Callaghan Innovation on Nine to Noon – Radio NZ

John Kerr posted in on March 14th, 2013.

On Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon show, Mary Wilson probes the government’s fledgling scientific Crown Entity, Callaghan Innovation, seeking responses to a number of criticisms levelled at the organisation. interviewees include Sue Suckling, chair of the board of the Callaghan Innovation and Prof Michael Kelly from Cambridge University. You can listen to audio below.

Pattrick Smellie on Callaghan Innovation

John Kerr posted in on March 8th, 2013.

In the latest issue of Idealog Pattrick Smellie takes a critical look at the history and current state of Callaghan Innovation. An excerpt (read in full here): Good luck, Callaghan Innovation. You’ll need it The idea behind Callaghan Innovation is good but the way it has burst forth has been slow, bureaucratic, and  politically compromised. According […]

Advanced Technology Institute – Experts respond

John Kerr posted in on July 12th, 2012.

The government has released some of the details regarding the planned Advanced Technology Institute, which aims to bring innovative ideas to market faster. The  Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) was first suggested in the commissioned independent 2011 report Powering Innovation, and was allocated funding in the 2012 budget. Today’s announcement ends the speculation around what the […]

Sir Peter Gluckman on Auckland and science

John Kerr posted in on January 20th, 2012.

Writing in the New Zealand Herald, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman, outlines the important role Auckland will play in the future of New Zealand’s science and technology sector. An excerpt (read in full here): Science key to richer country New Zealand’s export economy has been dominated by its primary industries, commodities […]

Report shakes up NZ innovation

John Kerr posted in on November 4th, 2011.

The much anticipated ‘Powering Innovation’ report, released this week, sets out a number of recommendations to improve New Zealand’s high-value manufacturing sector. The report – and the governments support of it – has been the cause of much excitement in the business community. Among the reports recommendations, the most notable was the call to restructure […]

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Are we supporting commercial research?

John Kerr posted in on June 24th, 2011.

When it comes to supporting R&D, the New Zealand government talks the talk, but are its initiatives working? Writing for Unlimited magazine, Matt Philp examines the government’s efforts to commercialise research. An excerpt (read in full here): Lifting our R&D game Are new government measures more effective? Necessity is supposed to be the mother of […]

Newstalk ZB: Groundbreaking scientists win prize

Peter Griffin posted in on March 9th, 2010.

Dr Jeff Tallon and Dr Bob Buckley, of IRL, have been awarded the top prize at the Prime Minister’s Science Prizes. Their work focuses on high temperature superconductors, an area in which New Zealand is a global development leader. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Dr Buckley says a coil of superconducting wire allows the […]

Dom Post: Current thinking at IRL

Peter Griffin posted in on February 11th, 2010.

Bill O’Byrne of the Dominion Post reports on high temperature superconductors (HTS), what they are, and the cutting edge work being done in the field by local scientists at Industrial Research Limited (IRL). He also writes about this week’s ISIS-18 conference, happening in Wellington, which will bring together those involved in HTS commercialisation from Europe, […]

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