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Sustainable agriculture - getting more for less

21 October 2016 University of Canterbury (UC) research shows that timing could be everything when it comes to getting the best results out of fertilisers in the dairy industry. (read article)

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Science study at UC doesn’t just take place in a lecture theatre or lab. Find out what Laura is researching at our Cass Field Station, an amazing facility for students.

Tales from the Nigerian Field Station

Matt Walters from the School of Biological Sciences is currently working at a College of Science field station, on the Mambilla Plateau in Taraba, Nigeria.
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Nigerian Montane Forest Project

Summer School on Ice

Emperor Penguins, helicopter rides, visiting Scott's hut - PhD student Daniel Price shot this footage while spending three weeks in McMurdo Sound as part of his studies with Gateway Antarctica.

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‘It is inspiring to be working within a niche that is rapidly developing and where new ideas are constantly emerging...’

Tessa Meyer Studying towards an MURR
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UC researcher closer to her NASA astronaut dream

Dr Sarah KessansDr Sarah Kessans, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Canterbury, is in the top 1% of applicants shortlisted by NASA to become an astronaut.

Aspiring astronaut and University of Canterbury (UC) Chemistry academic Dr Kessans is one step closer to fulfilling her dream. She applied to be a NASA astronaut back in February and recently made the next cut for NASA's Astronaut Candidate Class of 2017.

Dr Kessans is one of about 120 invited to Houston, Texas, United States, for initial interviews later this month. From there, 50 applicants will be invited for finalist interviews, after which eight to 14 will be chosen as NASA's 22nd Astronaut Candidate Class, reporting for duty in August 2017.

National Geographic Filming

Anta_filmNational Geographic Channel interviewed Dr Regina Eisert and Dr Kurt Joy (Gateway Antarctica) and Marwan Katurji and Paul Bealing (Geography) last month, for the upcoming television series documenting the reality of doing NZ science on the ice.


Photo: Regina Eisert

3D printing to create synthetic wood

Prof David Leung Congratulations to colleague Professor David Leung, who has won Government funding to explore the potential of 3D-printing live plant cells (bio-printing) to create synthetic wood. The project - Enabling sustainable economic development with advanced additive manufacturing of wood - will receive $255,000 over three years. The funding comes from the Science for Technological Innovation (SFTI) National Science Challenge

David will work on creating a new, sustainable industry for synthetic wood manufacture through 3D bio-printing live plant cells that could reduce the need for tree harvesting. If successful, the project would give the New Zealand manufacturing sector a new, sustainable biomaterial. Read more.