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New Thinking

Innovation insider

A new innovation intern being sought from journalism schools around the country will help spread understanding of the importance of innovation to New Zealand.


Chemical bonding

IRL has appointed Professor Juliet Gerrard, a biochemist and leader in the industrial application of biochemistry in New Zealand as its second Industry and Outreach Fellow.


Science New Zealand Chairman elected

Science New Zealand has elected Dr Tom Richardson, Chief Executive of AgResearch, as Chairman for the next two years.


Appointment of new Landcare Research CEO

Dr Richard Gordon has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive of Crown Research Institute, Landcare Research.


Manufacturing prosperity

In contemporary economies, manufacturing industries create prosperity of the type needed for New Zealand to maintain its place in the world, says IRL CEO Shaun Coffey.


Investment in IRL associate boon for high-tech manufacturing

IRL Chief Executive Shaun Coffey says the sale of a controlling stake in IRL associate company HTS-110 to Dunedin-based Scott Technology will enable HTS-110 to rapidly expand its already significant presence in high-value, global markets.


NIWA prepares for the future

NIWA’s Chief Executive, John Morgan says that action taken now to align NIWA’s capability with the country’s science needs means that NIWA will be better prepared for the future.


Scion welcomes new Chief Executive

Crown Research institute, Scion’s new chief executive Warren Parker has taken office. Scion Chairman Tony Nowell says he is delighted to have Parker on site as new CEO and to introduce him to staff.


Life cycle management roles for leading researchers

Two adjunct professors – Plant & Food Research’s Dr Brent Clothier and AgResearch’s Dr Stewart Ledgard – have been appointed to the New Zealand Life Cycle Management Centre based at the University’s Manawatu campus.


IRL confident about the future

IRL Chief Executive Shaun Coffey has informed the Education and Science Select Committee that the company is performing well and has good future prospects provided it maintains its current momentum.


New Science

New Value

Tech Transfer vouchers begin

IRL has got the country’s first project underway. Minister applauds “text book example” of how R&D can help a business gain a competitive edge, increase productivity and reduce wastage.


Accounts of the deep earn geologist award

Making discoveries in one of Earth's most remotest places, and then telling the rest of the world about them, has led to a Wellington GNS scientist scooping a Prime Minister's Science Prize.


Connecting science and the public

Professor Sir Paul Callaghan and Dr Gillian Turner won the Wellingtonian of the Year, 2010, Science & Technology and the Education category awards, respectively.


CRIs benefit New Zealand

CRIs are all about delivering science that is both high quality and relevant to the needs of New Zealand, says Government.


Plant & Food Research to lead New Zealand research in horticulture and food development

Plant & Food will also collaborate with other CRIs and research organisations in the fields of biosecurity and climate change adaptation, as well as land, soil and water management.


IRL researcher honoured for contribution to materials science

IRL high temperature superconductor researcher Dr Grant Williams has been awarded the Hector Medal, one of the country’s most prestigious science awards.


IRL researcher honoured as pioneer of the nano-scale

IRL scientist Shaun Hendy has been awarded the prestigious New Zealand Association of Scientists Research Medal for his pioneering work in the field of nanotechnology.


Grasslanz Technology awarded 'Best commercialisation of IP in international business'

Grasslanz Technology Limited, a subsidiary of AgResearch, has won the prestigious ‘Best commercialisation of intellectual property in international business’ award at the 2010 New Zealand International Business Awards in Auckland.


Announcing new Industry Research and Outreach Fellowships

IRL recognises a need to link leading-edge science and technology to address future challenges facing New Zealand and to deliver economic growth. This has led to the establishment of an initial offering of five Industry Research and Outreach Fellowships to lead development and application.


Earnings from NZ's horticultural industries exceed $6 billion

Figures from Plant & Food Research show fruit, vegetables, wine and flowers were worth more than $6 billion exports and domestic spend in the year to 30 June 2009, up around $470m on 2008.


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Subsidiaries, associates, joint ventures

  • Biopolymer Network
  • Prevar
  • Virtual Institute of Statistical Genetics
  • Veritec
  • Grasslands Innovation
  • BioPacific Ventures
  • Enviro-Mark Solutions
  • EcoGene
  • farmax
  • VARNZ Ltd
  • Clone International
  • Atlastech
  • National Land Resource Centre (NLRC)
  • EnCoate
  • grasslanz
  • PhytaGro, Inc