Category Archives: Research & Innovation

Techweek event in Christchurch, 28 May 2021

“Deep Tech – creating a boost for the NZ economy”

The Biomolecular Interaction Centre, in collaboration with the MacDiarmid Institute and others, are hosting an industry interface event as part of the Techweek series.

We will be showcasing a mix of excellent, commercially relevant research, researcher-industry linkages, and exciting technology companies.

There’s something for everyone, with topics ranging from space rocket propulsion to cell-based meats.

What is Deep Tech?

“Deep tech” is a relatively recent name coined by investors for technology companies that emerge from scientific research. These companies offer a major competitive advantage in providing solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Deep tech companies apply research to solving issues like sustainability, Covid-19, space travel, green energy and advanced manufacturing, all emerging commercial frontiers that stand to provide the competitive edge needed by economies in these times of change.

When5-7pm Friday, 28 May  

WhereTi-Kouka, 90 Ilam Road, Christchurch 

Further details: For the event programme, speakers and our event partners, see the Techweek website


Biomolecular Interaction Centre, University of Canterbury




Speaker: Larry Bellamy, University of Canterbury

Much has been written about the need to unlock the power of data and digital methods to improve the performance of infrastructure and productivity of the building industry. Recognising the potential benefits of these methods, the New Zealand Government and building industry are co-investing in an eight-year (2018-2026) research programme, under the banner of the Building Innovation Partnership (BIP), to accelerate digitalisation of the infrastructure sector.  This industry-led programme has to date focussed on two applications of data and digital methods. The first is pipe information to improve investment and management decisions related to three waters networks. The second is building information to improve the management of vertical infrastructure. Both applications are covered in this seminar, which draws on case-studies and surveys to identify new pathways for the sector to realise the value of data and digital methods.

Larry is the inaugural Ada Rutherford Professor of Architectural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury. He is also the Research Director of the industry-led Building Innovation Partnership (BIP) research programme.  Before joining the University he worked as building engineer in a number of roles in the private and public sectors, including Manager of Engineering Design and Science in the building regulator branch of MBIE.

Geospatial Research Seminar Series (GRISS)

30 April 2021
1-2 pm

Light refreshments from 12:30 pm onwards

Ernest Rutherford 263 or online via Zoom

Free registration

Register here with Eventbrite:


Geospatial Research Institute
University of Canterbury

Registrations now open for UC Women Celebrate, Connect, Collaborate – a research symposium

Registrations for the research symposium “UC Women* Celebrate, Connect, Collaborate” taking place on 9 June are now open! 

Registrations close on 5 May – please register via the Eventbrite link which can be found on the symposium website.


  • Promoting and growing a collaborative, interdisciplinary research culture
  • Encouraging more female-led research
  • Providing a platform for career enhancement


  • The event is open to UC academic staff who identify as female.
  • Post-docs – if this is an event that you’re interested in attending, please email  Karen Mather as we would love to include you, but at this stage we are wary of space. We’ll be in touch with those who express interest if there is capacity – thank you for your understanding.
  • There have been limited invitations issued through the organising committee to some external partners.


Please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the organising committee: 

  • Ximena Nelson (Convenor)
  • Karen Mather (People and Culture)
  • Tara Ross (Arts)
  • Misty Sato (Education, Health and Human Development)
  • Anna Earl (Business and Law)
  • Megan McAuliffe (Dean of Postgraduate Research)
  • Geertrui Van de Voorde (Engineering)
  • Ann Brower (Science)
  • Liz Brown (Deputy Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity)
  • Catherine Woods (Business and Law/Admin Plus)

This symposium is made possible through the generous support of Graduate Women Canterbury and the UC Senior Leadership Team – kia ora! 

Hayashi Accommodation Opportunities

With many of our international students unable to travel, one of our newer purpose-built accommodation facilities, Hayashi, has a number of units still available for 2021.  Before we make contact with resources outside the campus, we would like to ascertain if you are aware of any potential programmes, opportunities, or initiatives that Hayashi may be suitable for connected with UC.

There are 16 townhouses that comprise of king single rooms, double rooms, ensuite rooms as well as 10 self-contained studios with separate access.  The townhouses are located next to Sonoda on the Dovedale campus.  With teaching resources also available at Dovedale, this option may instigate some thoughts and ideas across the campus.

If there are visiting academics, postgraduates, research centres, commercialisation partners, or staff – the option to rent the rooms on either an individual basis or as a modern 5-bedroom townhouse is open for consideration.

Please share your thoughts and ideas to Accommodation Services  at

Commonwealth Climate Research Cohort – an invitation to participate

The VC has received the following invitation from the Chief Executive and Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and encourages UC staff to participate.

“In the lead up to COP26, the ACU has partnered with the British Council to launch the Commonwealth Climate Research Cohort – a platform for local researchers to bring multidisciplinary knowledge and expertise to a global stage, build international collaborations, and work with experts to influence on issues related to climate and environment in their communities and beyond.

We are seeking 24 rising-star climate and environment researchers to form the cohort, and as an ACU Council member, I’d like to ask you to share this opportunity with your network and recommend outstanding research talents to apply.

We are especially keen that experienced researchers from the Commonwealth’s most climate-vulnerable regions take part in this opportunity to advocate on behalf of local concerns.

 Benefits of the cohort

ACU members involved in the cohort will have opportunities to enhance the contribution of their researchers to the SDGs and access a platform for partnership development on climate-related issues (i.e. via the ACU’s Commonwealth Climate Resilience Network), resulting in potential new research collaborations.

Throughout 2021, successful applicants will benefit from funded attendance at COP26 in Glasgow (travel restrictions permitting), attend expert-led training to strengthen leadership skills, engage with climate change policy dialogues, connect with other bright minds in the field, and complete a peer-led research-to-action project with seed funding.”