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Commercialisation 101 Workshop: 8 June

The Tech Jumpstart competition 2017 is now open.

To help staff considering entering the competition, KiwiNet is delivering a free Commercialisation 101 Workshop on Thursday 8 June 2017 at the University of Canterbury.

Time: 10am-4pm

Date: Thursday, 8 June 2017

Location: Kirkwood KA04

What will I learn?

  • The principles of technology transfer, and how it can align with ongoing research and teaching priorities.
  • How to strengthen your grant proposals and increase the value proposition of your research.
  • In those ‘Eureka!’ moments, what comes next? Who is there to help?
  • How the world can be rewarded by access to your innovations, and how you can too.

For further information contact Cheryl Stephenson in R&I or email your registration to tech-jumpstart@canterbury.ac.nz

Win more in this year’s Tech Jumpstart 2017

Following on from a successful Tech Jumpstart in 2016, Research & Innovation (R&I) is once again running the Tech Jumpstart competition in 2017.

The competition is open.

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

WIN MORE THIS YEAR – up to five projects will each receive $20,000 funding to help with technology development.

  • Any UC academic staff member can apply with their idea or invention.
  • Ideas can be from any University research area.
  • Ideas must have potential market applications.
  • The funds are for experimentation, proof-of concept or technology development projects.

PLUS – this year both WNT Ventures and Astrolab are each offering an additional special prize of incubation services alongside the five main cash prizes. The special prizes will be for the projects that show the most commercial promise.

You need to know – winners should be ready to begin projects upon funding allocation and be completed within six months. Entries will be judged by a panel of local entrepreneurs and UC staff with a track record of innovation.

What you need to do next – 

1. Attend a workshop

To help staff considering entering the competition, KiwiNet is delivering a free Commercialisation 101 Workshop on Thursday 8 June 2017 at UC’s Kirkwood KA04 from 10am-4pm.

2. Apply

Applications close 4 August 2017. Further information is here. Please contact Cheryl Stephenson in R&I for further information and advice or email tech-jumpstart@canterbury.ac.nz


Research Report 2016 published

Research Report: Change the World, our annual celebration of UC research, has been published by Research & Innovation and is now available online and in print. The theme of the 2016 report is Collaborative Partnerships – Local, Regional and International.

Change the World demonstrates the breadth of UC’s research with a selection of stories from across the extensive range of disciplines in our comprehensive university. The collaborative theme was chosen to illustrate our deliberate approach to partner with peer international and Aotearoa New Zealand researchers to make the most significant research advances, and with non-university stakeholders to maximise the benefit for the nation. The report also celebrates the achievements and national and international recognition of our leading researchers.


Change the World will be of interest to people in business and industry, Government and government agencies, policy makers and research funders, as well as all those who would like to know more about the research done at UC. Potential students can use it to determine if they are prepared to join us and help make a difference in their chosen areas of research.

Individual PDFs of each article are also online

Almost 900 copies have been mailed out this week to key stakeholders and copies are also making their way across the campus.

Hard copies of the report can be requested from R&I, please contact kerin.houston@canterbury.ac.nz.

For those wishing to further explore UC’s research contributions in a particular area, Research & Innovation has introduced a new research outputs reporting tool on the website, rather than producing a static report of outputs. Users can report on outputs by year and by department (and can select multiple departments if they want) and choose to have the report as a formatted PDF or an XLS download.

Discover our research, creative and scholarly works here

Research participants with spinal cord injuries needed

Do you have a spinal cord injury (SCI) or know someone who does and who might like to participate in a research project?

Research aim: To evaluate the effect of a Feldenkrais® programme on people with SCI.
I am a PhD student looking for volunteers with SCI who would be interested in taking part in a Feldenkrais® movement programme. Participants would be adults with SCI who can get on and off the floor. If you would like to find out more, please contact me.

What is the Feldenkrais® Method?
The Feldenkrais® Method is a form of movement education designed to improve balance and ease of movement. For more information visit www.neuroplasticity.co.nz and/or www.feldenkrais.org.nz 

Participants’ involvement
If you decide to take part, your involvement would be about 50 hours over a 6 ½ month period between June and mid-December 2017. You will be asked to attend 3 interviews and a 12 week Feldenkrais® group programme (2 hours/week with a 1 week break in the middle), complete questionnaires on symptoms and take part in postural stability and ease of function tests. You can withdraw from the study at any time.

Contact details
Cindy Allison, School of Health Sciences, University of Canterbury
Phone: 364-2987 ext 8397; 351-2000
E-mail: lucinda.allison@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Spider research secures cover spot

Cover photoResearch by Professor Robert Jackson and Dr Fiona Cross has been published in the Royal Society (Interface Focus)  journal as part of a special issue called ‘Convergent minds: the evolution of cognitive complexity in nature’.
Dr Cross was additionally pleased as her spider photo was selected for the cover.  See here>

Intercom asked Dr Cross a few questions about the research.

In layman’s terms, what does your latest paper focus on?

Previous work had shown that Portia, a species of jumping spider, takes detours to reach a vantage point for capturing its prey. This strategy is very important because Portia’s preferred prey are other spiders, which are often fully capable of eating Portia. Knowing that Portia is predisposed to carrying out these detours, we investigated whether this spider would become disinclined to complete a detour path if it encountered a particular number of prey spiders that it did not expect to see. At the start of each trial, Portia could view prey ranging in number between 1 and 6, and then we either changed this number during the trial or kept this number the same. Using this design, we found evidence of Portia discriminating between different numbers.

Are these new findings?

Very little has been done to investigate numerical cognition using spiders. Results from earlier Canterbury research had shown that Portia prefers to ambush its prey when in the presence of one other conspecific individual, instead of zero, two or three conspecific individuals. The new research is different because it pertains to prey number instead of conspecific number. It also differs because it is based on Portia taking detours to reach its prey.

Did you submit your photo for cover consideration or was its selection a surprise?

I did submit the photo for consideration for the journal cover, and it was a very nice surprise to discover it had been chosen! I had taken that photo while I was in Kenya last year, in the hope it could be used to help communicate our new findings.

What are you working on now?

Next on the agenda is determining whether Portia pays attention to more than prey number while it takes detours – does it also pay attention to conspecific number, for instance?

Read the abstract of the article on their research here