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The MacDiarmid Institute’s 2019 Regional Innovation Showcase - Tauranga

Come and hear MacDiarmid Institute scientists talk about how materials science is offering a greener future for our planet.

The MacDiarmid Institute’s 2019 Regional Innovation Showcase will be coming to Tauranga on the evening of Monday 14th October and this year’s theme is “NZ Innovation for Sustainability”.

The 2018 IPCC report left us in no doubt that we need to act now and fast if we are to have any chance of mitigating changes to our climate. To reach the Government’s Zero Carbon targets we’ll need new materials and new technology based on those materials, that haven't been discovered yet. Our showcase will be looking at how we are working towards this.

The speakers for the Tauranga event are: Dr Laura Domigan and Dr Ben Mallet. Dr Laura Domigan is a Lecturer at the University of Auckland and an Associate Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute. Her current research involves creating biomaterials derived from natural polymers strong enough to replace or repair elements of the eye. Dr Ben Mallett is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Photon Factory at the University of Auckland and an Associate Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute. His research interests involve the physics of magnets and superconductors which are set to revolutionize the size and power of electric motors, and the efficiency of computers.

We are not climate scientists and this lecture is not about climate change. We are materials scientists and we’ll be speaking about research underway here in New Zealand that may reduce and perhaps even remediate the effects of climate change. This will include new energy technologies, renewables, energy efficient computers, recyclable consumer electronics and the upcycling of natural materials to contribute to a renewable economy.

The event will take place on Monday 14th October at 7PM, at Tauranga Yacht Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Tauranga. It will have a panel format with a presentation from our speakers and plenty of time for questions from the audience. The series will also be visiting other locations around New Zealand, including Nelson, Wanaka and Queenstown, and these will be advertised in due course.

For any queries, please contact MacD-Admin@vuw.ac.nz.

SPEAKER

Dr Laura Domigan & Dr Ben Mallet

ORGANISATION

MacDiarmid Institute in association with Café Scientifique

VENUE/DATE

Tauranga Yacht Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Tauranga

7:00pm Mon 14 October, 2019 - 8:30pm Mon 14 October, 2019