NZProduct Accelerator Research Meeting 3 August 2016

25 August 2016

The NZProduct Accelerator held a successful research meeting on 3rd August, 2016. The meeting focused on the research and achievements of postgraduate students over the first 3 years of the NZProduct Accelerator programme. Seventy participants from all over the country attended this research meeting. Twelve postgraduate students presented their research progress and thirty postgraduates made 27 posters to show their research outcomes. All these projects are the research activities collaboratively undertaken by the partner institutions of the NZProduct Accelerator. We were delighted to have members of our Advisory Board, representatives from MBIE, Callaghan Innovation, ATEED and the University of Canterbury in attendance.

This research meeting also included three keynote presentations. The first speaker was Dr. Eldon Tate who is the CEO of a new NZProduct Accelerator start-up company at Wellington. He presented research achievements on the synthesis, characterisation and application of antimicrobial polymer composites and shared his experience on transferring research outcomes to operations. The second keynote presentation was from Dr Tim Miller who overviewed the advanced digital technologies in design led manufacturing, using 3D colour printing to create and enhance the user experience. The final presentation of the day was from Prof Simon Bickerton who discussed Advanced Manufacturing and Design Strategy development from the perspective of longer term basic research.

After each presentation, principal investigators (PI) and the industry advisory board members of NZProduct Accelerator asked questions and discussed the projects in depth. Both a poster and a group discussion session were also held in this research meeting. During the group discussion and very positive industry feedback, three awards were presented to the top three posters, as judged by Steve Wilson of Talbot Technologies in Christchurch. This research meeting finished with a Cheese & Wine Networking Event, and a Research Meeting booklet of all proceedings and posters will be circulated to all our partners.

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Postgraduate students presenting their research progress and outcomes
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NZProduct Accelerator Members discussing postgraduate’s posters
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Group discussion with Feedbacks from NZProduct Accelerator Industry Advisory Board
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Postgraduate students presenting their research progress and outcomes
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NZProduct Accelerator Members discussing postgraduate’s posters
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Group discussion with Feedbacks from NZProduct Accelerator Industry Advisory Board

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