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Deep Tech creating an economic boost for NZ

Deep tech forms the nexus between science and high-value companies. This dynamic opportunity is growing rapidly in NZ!


Friday 28 May
5:00pm - 7:00pm

90 Ilam Road, Ilam, Christchurch, New Zealand
Free event
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What's it all about?

Deep tech provides a value boost to high value products, improved industrial processes, and sustainability solutions across diverse industries.

Join us to hear about dynamic applications of science to high value commercial opportunities. We will also host a series of "Tech Tasters", where entrepreneurs pitch their work in a rapid fire series.

Collaboration between science leaders and entrepreneurs at the MacDiarmid Institute, NZ Product Accelerator, MESA, CHIASMA, Momentum Committees and UC Biomolecular Interaction Centre.


Hon Minister Megan Woods

Minister of Research, Science & Innovation

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Assoc Prof Volker Nock

MacDiarmid Principal Investigator

Volker Nock is a Rutherford Discovery Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Canterbury. As well as a Principal Investigator of the Biomolecular Interactions Centre, his interests include micro- and nanofabrication of sensors, actuators and microfluidic devices.

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Dr Anna Farquhar

Senior Scientist Aeroqual

Anna completed her PhD in chemistry at the University of Canterbury in 2017. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Alberta, Canada from 2017 – 2019. In late 2019, Anna started joined the R&D team at Aeroqual and in 2020 Anna was awarded a MacDiarmid Business Scholarship.

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Ralph Huijsman

Lead Propulsion Engineer - Dawn Aerospace

Ralph is the Lead Propulsion Engineer at DAWN Aerospace. He is responsible for leading the development of the rocket engine for the Mk-II Aurora spaceplane

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Assoc Prof Aaron Marshall

MacDiarmid Principal Investigator

Aaron's research is based around electrochemical energy technologies. This includes the development of materials for large scale batteries, hydrogen generation, and the electrochemical conversion of CO2 into fuels. Aaron's company Zincovery won the Callaghan C-Prize for sustainability in 2020.


Networking commences
Welcome and Mihi
Hon Minister Megan Woods
Minister of Research, Science & Innovation
Assoc Prof Volker Nock
MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) and why you would want one.
Dr Anna Farquhar
Aeroqual, a company started by scientists, is now setting the standards for air quality sensors globally.
Networking and refreshments
Ralph Huijsman
Dawn Aerospace - developing rocket propulsion in NZ
Assoc Prof Aaron Marshall
More efficient flow batteries in the mix for sustainable energy

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