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May GRI Seminar – Advances in remote sensing for terrestrial hydrology

Director of Research at the Centre for Space Science Technology Delwyn Moller presents:

Advances in remote sensing for terrestrial hydrology

Friday 25 May, 12.30pm – 2.00pm (Register by 12pm Wednesday 23 May)  Coffee, tea, a light snack and networking will be served from 12.30 and the seminar will start at 1pm. 

Remote sensing can enhance our understanding and knowledge of terrestrial hydrology and hydrologic fluxes at the land-air interface, and terrestrial water stores. In the area of active remote sensing, some recent advances may hold promise for enhanced observational capabilities in understanding and characterizing terrestrial freshwater resources and fluxes.

As this will be a popular presentation, it is essential that you register your attendance by 12pm, Wednesday 23rd May, or email Wayne Tyson ( if you plan to attend so that we can ensure we have a seat and some refreshments for you.

Dr. Delwyn K. Moller received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst after completing the M.E degree (Distinction) and the B.E. degree (Honors) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where she worked on radar technology, primarily with a focus toward Earth science. Both at JPL and in her position at RSS, she has developed innovative state-of-the-art remote sensing systems for measuring critical aspects of the Earth’s surface to support science research and applied sciences.

Please circulate and share this information with others who you think may be interested: all are welcome.

Withdrawn Library Books to Giveaway

Head to the Central Library on Thursday 24 May, from 1.15 – 3.30 pm, Room 210, Level 2,  Puaka-James Hight.

Books are withdrawn if they are no longer relevant for teaching and research or they are damaged in some way. This is a much smaller giveaway but there is a variety of items:

  • young adult fiction
  • science topics published 1920-1940s
  • CDs

Donations not required for the collection, journal boxes, book ends. Please bring a bag or box with you.

Innovation which is good for the world – UC research showcased on campus for Techweek’18

One of the most exciting challenges faced by society is developing technology and innovation which is ‘good for the world’.

Our researchers at UC are leading projects that promise to be a part of our extraordinary future. On Wednesday 23 May, 5pm to 8pm discover some of UC’s most innovative research at a showcase of presentations and displays as part of Techweek’18.

Three areas where our people are making a difference are explored:

1.Environmental sustainability will be explored through presentations on the role of agricultural tech disruptors in producing sustainable food, The Storminator which can improve water quality, and top predator research within Antarctica’s Ross Sea Marine Protected Area.

2.The future of urban form and wellbeing will be investigated, with the chance to learn about the international award-winning Shell Eco-Marathon vehicle, a presentation on nutrition, mental illness and wellbeing in the workplace, and a discussion about the impact of autonomous vehicles.

3.What the new digital society may look like is considered in presentations on the challenge of regulating Artificial Intelligence, the upsides and downsides of participation in social media and the extraordinary world of The Blockchain.

Find the full list of presentations and register here>  






Engineering and Science Careers Fair a success

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The annual Engineering and Science Careers Fair took place on Wednesday in the Undercroft. 800 students kept 61 different employers on site busy throughout the day. Employers came from throughout New Zealand and even Australia, eager to network with students and speak about internships, summer work and graduate programmes and positions coming up in their organisations.

Feedback from employers has been positive with one exhibitor saying that conversations with UC students were engaging and positive. This goes to show our graduates are knowledgeable and proficient in their chosen discipline and employable. 

Next up is the Information and Communcation Technology (ICT) Careers Fair on Tuesday 31 July, 4pm – 6pm in the the Undercroft. Find out more>

New – Innovation Jumpstart 2018 – Opens Monday 21 May

Innovation Jumpstart gives UC academic staff a chance to transform their innovative ideas into reality.  

Any UC academic staff member can apply with their idea or invention that may have a potential market application.

The competition is opening on Monday 21 May 2018 for applications. 

Innovation Jumpstart competition is an extension of the successful Tech Jumpstart competition held in previous years with ideas considered from any University research area.

Winning projects will each receive $20,000 funding to help with experimentation, proof-of concept or technology development.

Entries will be judged by a panel of entrepreneurs and UC staff with a track record of innovation.Find inspirational links from the former Tech Jumpstart competition below. 

KiwiNet is supporting the competition again this year and WNT Ventures and Astrolab are each offering an additional special prize of incubation services alongside the main cash prizes for the projects that show the most commercial promise.

Applications close 6pm, Friday 10 August 2018. The application form and further information is available here:>

For queries contact Pam Glover in Research & Innovation or email:

Check out these links for inspiration:

But remember, the  competition has extended to innovation rather than Tech.

New nitrate detection tech could save waterways>

UC biotechnologist creates new biodegradable coating to protect crops>

UC engineers develop in-situ damage detection for building steel>

UC scientists design award-winning laser sensor for nitrates in water and soil>