Just So Science

Emerging NZ Scientists – Jayne Ihaka, Chair of VUW’s Science Society

Elf Eldridge Apr 07, 2012

There’s also a huge population of undergraduate science students in NZ with a vested interest in seeing the country grow and appreciate science. Here we ask Jayne Ihaka and other members of the Victoria University Science Society their views on the conference from the perspective of NZ’s future researchers. 1. NZAS has picked emerging scientists as the … Read More

Emerging NZ Scientists – Dr. Justin Hodgkiss, NZAS conference organiser

Elf Eldridge Apr 06, 2012

Of course it wouldn’t be fair to the conference to only showcase opinions of the attendees to the NZAS conference! With this in mind I tracked down one of the conference organisers, Dr. Justin Hodgkiss, to get his feedback on the event. Originally from Rotorua and an Otago graduate, Justin … Read More

Emerging NZ Scientists – Dr Natalie Plank, Postdoctoral Fellow with the MacDiarmid Institute

Elf Eldridge Apr 02, 2012

The second of my ‘Emerging Scientists interviews‘* features Dr Natalie Plank, currently a Post-Doc with the MacDiamid Institute of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and a previous MESA Chairperson. As Natalie completed her PhD at Edinburgh University and a Post-Doc at Cambridge, her experience is not only in leading emerging scientists but, as an … Read More

Emerging NZ Scientists – Cosmin Laslau, MESA Chairperson

Elf Eldridge Mar 31, 2012

For those that aren’t aware the NZ Association of Scientists (NZAS) has decided to make the topic of its annual conference “Do Emerging* Scientists have a Future in New Zealand?”. The conference is being held at Rutherford House in Wellington on the 16th April and has the usual collection of suspects from business, academia and government speaking about … Read More

Chiasma WGTN

Elf Eldridge Mar 22, 2012

Over recent months I’ve been lucky enough to become involved with a group of post-graduate students who are trying to stem the flow of graduates out of NZ. The story (well the Wellington chapter of it at least!) goes back to about June last year and (hopefully!) comes to fruition on Thursday evening next week with the launch … Read More

Innovation in Wellington

Elf Eldridge Mar 21, 2012

Here in the the capital there are a whole bunch of really interesting initiatives coming to light in the area of commercialising science. The idea here is in part to prepare students for non-academic careers (where most of them end up), and to also encourage scientists at all levels to consider the commercial aspects of their research, which will hopefully … Read More

Just So Science Reboot!

Elf Eldridge Mar 20, 2012

After a far-to-long hiatus Just So Science (along with TOSP!) is getting a bit of a reboot for 2012. I’m expanding the topic to include issues concerning emerging scientists (like the upcoming NZAS conference), I’ll be closely covering the KiwiMars expedition during April 2012, and documenting my experiences as COO of Chiasma … Read More