Category Archives: Research & Innovation

Education New Zealand calls for applications to NZ-Brazil research fund

A new research fund has been set up to enable established New Zealand university academics to collaborate with Brazilian researchers.

Researchers from any field of knowledge are eligible to apply. The first year of the agreement will act as a pilot.

Successful applicants will develop and conduct their projects in partnership with Brazilian researchers. Researchers will also be funded to travel between countries to undertake their project.

This announcement builds on an agreement with Universities New Zealand (UNZ) in November 2016. UNZ Chief Executive Chris Whelan welcomes the initiative:

This is a great opportunity for New Zealand PhD students and academics – and for their Brazilian counterparts – to identify areas of mutual interest to progress research collaborations for the benefit of both countries,” he says. “This agreement builds on years of relationship-building to enhance cooperation, enable academic mobility and encourage the exchange of knowledge between participating higher education institutions.

ENZ Chief Executive Grant McPherson says the funding collaboration will create opportunities for New Zealand researchers that did not exist before.

South America is a key market for New Zealand – particularly in relation to outbound academic mobility. This new funding collaboration showcases ENZ’s commitment to creating new pathways for New Zealand institutions with South America.”

The panel of judges responsible for allocating the funding will be made up of representatives from across New Zealand government including the MFAT and MBIE.

For more information, guidelines and the application form, read more>

Applications for funding are open now and close on 27 January 2020.

Waterways Post Graduate Symposium reveals depth of student talent

The Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management hosted its annual Post Graduate Student Symposium at Lincoln University on 19 November. Students from both Lincoln and Canterbury universities presented topics from a wide array of disciplines including human and physical geography, genetics, fresh water invertebrates and fish, groundwater, climatology.

Issie Barrett from the UC Freshwater Ecology Research Group (FERG) group won the first prize for her oral presentation on her research into negative resistance and resilience in freshwater communities. For the first time in the history of the symposium three UC students tied for the second place in the oral presentations competition (Alice West – FERG, Bridget White – FERG, and Rasool Porhammat – Geography). Deborah Paull (UC Biology) won the Water New Zealand People’s Choice for best presentation on the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in surface drinking waters.

The quality of presentations (both oral and posters) improve with every year and new categories of prizes may be required to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work students put into their presentations. Numbers of attendants (some flew in from all over New Zealand) also set a new record, reinforcing the fact that interest from the wider community in multi-disciplinary research into freshwater management issues continues to be strong, and that the symposium is an excellent product which meets this demand.

Deborah Paull, winner of Water New Zealand’s People’s Choice Award for Oral Presentation

He Kupu Whakamahara | Chronicle Spring/Summer 2019

He Kupu Whakamahara | Chronicle No.58 is now live, highlighting key research and developments at UC. Chronicle is one of the ways we keep our alumni, stakeholders and schools informed and inspired.

From drone doctors to world-first insulin technology, UC research makes a positive impact both locally and globally. With people, research and education at the forefront of our mission, highlighting the success of UC students, staff and alumni is a key part of paving the way for our future.

Thank you to everyone who contributed. Read Chronicle magazine here>

Please email any feedback through to communications@canterbury.ac.nz 

Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces: Symposium

This symposium is an opportunity for the UC e-Lab to share and celebrate current research and development so we can learn more about the breadth and depth of e-learning research at UC and beyond.

Date: 25 Nov 2019
Time: 9.30am (for 10am start) – 3.30pm
Location: Rehua 103, Ilam Campus, University of Canterbury (Zoom location for virtual participants TBA)
RSVP: by 20 Nov to Cheryl.brown@canterbury.ac.nz

The theme is “Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces”, which we see as relating widely to all kinds of learning places and spaces including virtual and online blends.  The event will also be a celebration and acknowledgement of Distinguished Professor Niki Davis and her contribution to the Lab as its founding Director and leader.

Highlights include opening plenary by Professor Una Cunningham from Stockholm University who is speaking on Interlinked physical and virtual learning spaces as well as 13 Gasta presentations (short concise 5 min presentations) by students, staff and collaborators (including international expert on digital addiction Dr Olatz Fernandez Lopez from Monash University). It will be a thought provoking event with lots of opportunity for connection and discussion. The day will be concluded by Distinguished Professor Niki Davis reflecting on Co-evolving Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces.

For a more detailed program and brief descriptions of presentations see here>

UC academics get a jumpstart on their innovations

Enhanced hearing tech, a speech analysis app and high-speed additive manufacturing technology were among the five project winners announced at the annual UC Innovation Jumpstart awards on 6 November.

The Innovation Jumpstart competition gives UC academic staff a chance to transform their innovative ideas into a reality and learn more about commercialisation of ideas in the process. The competition has grown steadily since its inception in 2010 and this year had a 50% increase in the number of applications compared to 2018.

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UC Commercial Director Liz Hopkins is pleased to see the transformation of the competition and the work that has gone into showing innovation and commercialisation is possible in all areas of academia.

“This year, for the first time, we received applications from every College of the highest calibre. It’s made the task of selecting the award-winners extremely difficult and we’d like to commend all those who entered,” she said.

The Research and Innovation team have transformed the competition in recent years to encourage applications for ideas beyond highly commercial products to include those targeting social enterprise and community service offerings. This year a new prize category was introduced to celebrate ideas with a social or environmental angle.

Each prize winner received $20,000 funding to help with experimentation, proof-of concept, technology or service development.

Congratulations to all the participants and the prize winners:

WNT Venture prize: Dr Stefanie Gutschmidt, Engineering and Professor Greg O’Beirne, Science 
Project: Enhanced hearing technology inspired by Human Cochlea Amplifier

Astrolab prize: Dr Yilei Zhang, Engineering
Project: High-speed additive manufacturing technology

Jumpstart prize: Associate Professor Mark Staiger, Engineering
Project: Monolithic biodegradable plate system for bone fracture fixation

Jumpstart prize: Dr Toby Macrae, Science
Project: Developing a speech analysis app.

Social / environmental prize: Dr Aisling O’Sullivan, Professor Tom Cochrane, Dr Frances Charters, Engineering
Project: Nitrate treatment and waste shell valorisation from an innovative filter system.