Category Archives: Research & Innovation

SciVal Update

Kia ora koutou

Have you seen our latest Tū ki te tahi post about SciVal? It’s a new research analytics tool and we’ve uploaded the current UC staff structure there. This means you can now get an overview of the research performance of UC as a whole, your specific College, School or Department.

The Research Centres and Clusters are also available, and can be found in the Overview module under the ‘Researchers and Groups’ section (though you may have to search for them by name).

We have also created a guide that contains information about what SciVal can be used for, several short introductory videos, a list of upcoming workshops and recordings of past workshops.

In the Reporting module, you can now access a Research Performance Report that collates a number of key metrics that can be easily run for any of our pre-existing groups, or a custom group on request.

If you have any questions, or if you’d like individual training on how to use SciVal, please get in touch with

Geospatial Research Institute – Free Seminar

Reaching the Stratosphere and beyond 
A free seminar with Philipp Sueltrop – Chief Technology Officer, Kea Aerospace





When: 26th November, 1 – 2pm
and Light Refreshments from 12:30 pm onwards
Where: Beatrice Tinsley 111 
Book: here for in-person registration or register for the online Zoom here>

About the speaker

Philipp Sueltrop is the Chief Technology Officer of the Christchurch-based company Kea Aerospace. Besides leading the technical development team of the unmanned solar-powered aircraft Kea Atmos, he considers himself as a technology explorer combining his passion for aerospace engineering that can provide the means for advantageous scientific, civil and commercial contributions.


In late 2014 Philipp moved to New Zealand from Germany, and finished his PhD in rocket flight mechanics and control at the University of Canterbury in 2019. He has designed and launched a wide variety of unmanned aerospace systems from high-altitude balloons, sounding rockets to different types of unmanned aircraft.

About Kea Aerospace

Our world is changing fast. Thus, data and derived intelligence have become the world’s most valuable resource.

Kea Aerospace is developing the Kea Atmos, the largest unmanned aircraft in the Southern Hemisphere in order to harvest aerial data from the Stratosphere flying at around 20km altitude. With a wingspan of over 30m and fully covered in solar panels the Kea Atmos will be able to operate for weeks without landing – purely on clean energy.

A fleet of Kea Atmos will be continuously operating and carrying different payloads from high-resolution multi-spectral cameras to synthetic aperture radars and atmospheric sensors. Flying in the Stratosphere Kea Aerospace will operate in a sweet spot for data collection. Kea’s remote sensing data will have much better image resolutions than satellites, while Kea Atmos aircraft can further operate extremely flexibly. This will allow Kea Aerospace to fill significant data gaps and enable better decision-making in areas like environmental monitoring, maritime surveillance, precision agriculture, smart city projects and disaster management.

The Geospatial Research Institute
University of Canterbury



UC increases ranking in five subject areas

UC has achieved an increase in ranking in half of the subject areas we are ranked in by Times Higher Education (THE).

Over the last month THE have been releasing the 2022 global subject rankings and UC has improved its ranking in five subject areas including, Psychology (301-400 from 401-500), Computer Science (401-500 from 501-600), Social Sciences (176-200 from 201-250), Business and Economics (151-175 from 201-250), and Arts and Humanities (251-300 from 301-400).

While Life Sciences, and Clinical and Health have dropped in ranking this year, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Education have retained the same ranking as in 2021.

2022 THE Global Subject Rankings:

  • Psychology – 301-400
  • Computer Science – 401-500
  • Social Sciences – 176-200
  • Business and Economics – 151-175
  • Arts and Humanities – 251-300
  • Physical Sciences – 501-600
  • Engineering – 601-800
  • Education – 301-400
  • Life Sciences – 401-500
  • Clinical and Health – 301-400

About Times Higher Education rankings

The THE World University Rankings, founded in 2004, provide a list of the world’s best universities in a number of areas, with an emphasis on the research mission.

Universities are evaluated against 13 separate performance indicators, covering the essential areas of a university’s activity: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

The overall THE World University Rankings, featuring more than 1,500 institutions, are accompanied by a series of subject-specific rankings.

Visit the Times Higher Education website for more information

UC Innovation Jumpstart 2021 – Enter by 13 October

Innovation Jumpstart 2021

Applications for UC Innovation Jumpstart 2021 are now open, and close on 13 October 2021 (extended deadline).

This is an opportunity to transform your innovative idea into commercial reality. Research & Innovation is offering Innovation Jumpstart funding of $100,000 (5 x $20,000 prizes) to UC academic staff who have research ideas with significant economic or social/environmental impact. 

Any UC academic staff member can apply for Innovation Jumpstart funding, and proposals can be from any research area.

  • Winners will each receive $20,000 for commercial development (5 x prizes) from $100,000; one of the five prizes is for a project that targets social and/or environmental impact
  • Open to UC academic staff only
  • Entries close 13 October 2021 (**new date – extension due to Covid disruption**)
  • Winners announced in November 2021

This year’s competition is sponsored and supported by Kiwinet, Bridgewest, WNT Ventures and AJPark.

Got an idea?

Get in touch with one of R&I’s Business Development Managers to discuss your idea!  Email


R&I are facilitating the following workshops to support the development of your application:

  • An Introduction to IP – Presented by Briar Dominick, Associate at AJ Park, Friday 17 Sept. If you missed it, the presentation is now available to watch on UC’s R&I LEARN .

  • WNT and Bridgewest will be offering one-on-one sessions with interested academics to discuss your idea, assist with proposal direction and to provide an outline of the NZ technology incubator scheme. To book in a time, contact R&I’s Business Development Managers at

For more information and a link to the application portal, visit

GRISS: Geospatial Research Institute Seminar Series – Free Seminar

HUMANISM IN A TECHNOLOGY CENTRIC WORLD: Enabling a Digital Twin for Industry 5.0

Speaker: Keri Niven, Digital Practice Leader, Aurecon

Keri is a passionate Digital Technologist, with a strong background in Geospatial technologies, and over 20 years international experience in designing enterprise collaboration platforms. She is the New Zealand Digital Practice Leader and is focussed on identifying digital possibilities and creating opportunities to embed new technologies into our organisational way of working. Keri represents Aurecon on the ANZ Smart Cities Council and on the ANZ Digital Twin Taskforce.

As engineers and designers, we have a responsibility to create sustainable and responsible human-centric physical and digital legacy. Our decisions, particularly regarding how we use technology to solve problems, will profoundly shape our future. 

This obligation has been recognised by the shift towards industry 5.0.  This latest revolution represents the return of human-centric activities that are enabled by technology – and a refocus of technology towards supporting the collaboration and creativity that we as humans crave. 

This is wonderful news for an organisation like Aurecon who for the last 6 years has been teaching 6000 people to think like designers. Working and thinking like designers is how we approach all our work. It’s a considered way of combining our creativity and expertise to move from existing situations to preferred ones by putting people at the centre of the solution.

When:  Friday 24th September 1 PM – 2 PM
Light Refreshments from 12.30 PM

Where: Beatrice Tinsley 111


  • Register at Eventbrite if you’re planning to attend in person.
    In-person Registration Link: here
  • If you prefer to join us online, then please register via zoom only. Zoom Registration Link: here

All Welcome

Geospatial Research Institute
University of Canterbury