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Environmental Challenge Opportunity for International Students

C-Prize is a competition run by Callaghan Innovation that seeks to push the boundaries of what’s possible through technology. This year they’re looking for teams with world-leading innovative solutions to environmental problems, and we would like to encourage our international students to be involved.

There is an information evening tonight in which you’ll hear from leading Aotearoa New Zealand environmental innovators and learn more about the challenge. You’ll also have the chance to network with other forward-thinking founders and entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers from New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem.

When: 22 October – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Where: Te Ōhaka – Centre for Growth & Innovation
Register here>

 

The 2019 challenge is looking for innovative tech-based solutions that can positively impact:  

  • Climate change – Slowing or reversing negative human impacts on climate
  • Fresh clean water – Cleaning up our waterways
  • Resource use – Smarter ways to use and preserve our planet’s finite resources

There are three entry categories for this year’s C-Prize:  

  • Growing and Producing:  How we grow and/or manufacture new or existing products and services in innovative ways (new materials, new processes, new systems, etc.) that will accelerate positive environmental outcomes
  • Using and Consuming:  How we consume products in ways that preserve resources (reuse, recycle, reclaim, etc.) and reduce negative environmental impacts
  • Rejuvenating Natural Systems: The creation or innovative use of technologies that will not just reduce negative environmental impacts, but improve our natural environment (land, climate, soil, water, and nutrient systems)

For further information, visit the Callaghan Innovation website>

Celebrating Fresh Thinking: Professorial Lecture Series

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academe made by Professor Pavel Castka and Professor Tom Cochrane in the next presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2019.

Date:               Thursday 6 June, from 4.30 – 6.00 p.m.
Location:       E14 – Engineering Core

I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend this lecture, to actively support our new Professors, and take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with.

Presentation details:

“Universal Language of the Future? Addressing business challenges through international standards” Presented by Professor Pavel Castka, Department of Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship

How can businesses address social and environmental issues – such as climate change, social responsibility, poverty or child labour – in a vastly diverse world with different opinions on these issues?  Is there a common platform or universal language that can facilitate the interaction between businesses across the world – enabling addressing of these challenges as well as challenges of everyday cooperation of firms in global supply chains?

In this inaugural professorial lecture, I will build on research at UC as well as my involvement with international standard setting NGOs – including International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – and discuss the status quo as well as future challenges of standards setting, adoption and control mechanisms that ensure consistency of international standards across the globe. The lecture is designed for a diverse audience that is interested in social and environmental issues as well as in the generic matters of cooperation in international business – inclusive of non-academic audience such as business leaders or social activists. The lecture provides an insight into the exciting world of international standards, potentially the universal language of the future.

“Food–energy–water nexus in the Mekong” – Presented by Professor Tom Cochrane, Department of Civil & Natural Resources Engineering

The Mekong basin in Southeast Asia is undergoing rapid development.  Basin wide water infrastructure development (hydropower/irrigation), climate change and land-use change are causes for concern due to potential impacts on highly valued fisheries, agriculture, and natural ecosystems. Extensive water, sediment and nutrient modelling and analyses were thus conducted to understand the food-energy-water nexus in the basin and assess future threats and evaluate alternative pathways. Results show that recent development of flood protection dykes, as well as sea level rise and land subsidence pose a major threat to the long term sustainability of the Mekong Delta. Future adaptation and mitigation strategies should include optimal operation of water infrastructure (hydropower, dykes, and irrigation systems) to reduce hydrological and sediment changes, reduction in groundwater pumping, water storage management, sea level rise protection infrastructure, land reclamation, enhancement of coastal and in-stream habitats, and others.  A single solution is not sufficient for this complex basin; multiple mitigation initiatives are necessary through transboundary communication and coordination. The analysis and methods, as well as the lessons learnt in this research can be translated to other river systems around the world undergoing rapid development and climatic threats.

Professor Ian Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua

Are you an environmental game-changer? WWF-New Zealand wants you

170928 Bright ideas for nature

Are you an inventor, an innovator, a creator? Could $25,000 help turn your idea into reality?

WWF-New Zealand, with supporters The Tindall Foundation, Department of Conservation, Callaghan Innovation and Bioheritage Heritage National Science Challenge, is on the search—from research labs to garden sheds and everywhere in between—for new ideas that could positively impact the environment.

Open from 25 September to 15 October, WWF-New Zealand’s Conservation Innovation Awards seek out and reward innovative game-changers for conservation. To find out how to submit an idea visit www.wwf.org.nz/innovation. A prize package of $25,000 will be awarded to each of the three winners.

What are you waiting for?