Research Centres and Units
The main aim of the University of Waikato's Faculty of Science & Engineering is to promote and enhance its research activities. There are many active research groups within the Faculty, spanning a wide range of topics.
- Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research (CBER)
- Coastal Marine Group
- Co-operative Education Unit
- Cortical Modelling Group
- Energy Research Centre
- Engineering Education Research Unit (EERU)
- Environmental Research Institute (ERI)
- International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research (ICTAR)
- Solar Energy Research Group (SERG)
- Thermophile and Microbial Biochemistry and Biotechnology Unit (TRU)
- Waikato Agritech Group
- Waikato Centre for Advanced Materials (WaiCAM)
- Waikato Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory
- Waikato Stable Isotope Unit (WSIU)
Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research (CBER)
The Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research (CBER) aims to promote sustainable management and habitat restoration through integrated research into biodiversity and ecology.
Coastal Marine Group
The Coastal Marine Group (CMG) is a multidisciplinary group of researchers from across the University with core members based in Earth sciences, and with the focus of their research and teaching at least partly on the coastal zone and adjacent coastal shallow waters. The Group have staff based at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus and the Coastal Marine Field Station in Tauranga.
Co-operative Education Unit
Cooperative education is the combination of study and work. The Cooperative Education Unit at the University of Waikato is the foremost leader in New Zealand for Cooperative Education-type programmes, with on average 200 students each year.
Cortical Modelling Group
The Cortical Modelling Group has developed a physics based model of the brain to understand the mechanisms of anaesthesia, sleep and cognition.
The goal of the Energy Research Centre is improved competitiveness for NZ industry through research aimed at achieving increased energy efficiency and conservation. The Centre has two divisions: The Industrial Energy Efficiency Division and the Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology Division. Please navigate to these web sites to know more about our work or contact our administrator
The Waikato Engineering Education Research Unit has the objective of improving learning outcomes for engineering students. Its members come from the Faculty of Science & Engineering and the Faculty of Education. Collaborative research projects carried out by members of the Unit are designed to develop insights and expertise for curriculum innovation and teaching in engineering education.
The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) takes a collaborative, systems-level approach to environmental research to develop insights and expertise related to improving and sustaining the quality of New Zealanders’ natural and physical environment.
International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research (ICTAR)
The primary mission of the International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research (ICTAR) is to promote the protection of Antarctica through integrated international research into Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems, assuring New Zealand's continued leadership in this area.
Solar Energy Research Group (SERG)
Thermophile and Microbial Biochemistry and Biotechnology Unit
The Thermophile and Microbial Biochemistry and Biotechnology Unit carries out research primarily on microorganisms associated with extreme environments. The Unit co-ordinates fundamental and applied research at this University and elsewhere on thermophilic bacteria, genes and enzymes. Research is predominantly funded by research contracts and collaborations exist with many national and overseas laboratories.
Waikato Agritech Group
The Waikato Agritech Group aims to improve primary industry efficiency, sustainability and profitability by developing high tech, energy efficient systems. It also draws expertise from the Applied Optics unit, and from the Polymers and Composites Group, which researches new bio-materials made from natural fibres and agricultural waste products.
Waikato Centre for Advanced Materials (WaiCAM)
The Waikato Centre for Advanced Materials (WaiCAM) was formed to build up unique and world-class expertise in developing novel processes for producing advanced materials and near net shape components and in developing high performance structural and functional materials.
Waikato Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory
The Waikato Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory is a national radiocarbon research facility undertaking both Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Dating (AMS)and standard radiometric radiocarbon dating. For more than 30 years we have been providing radiocarbon assays for scientists and researchers from around the world and have been at the forefront of ground-breaking research into the technique and its application. Staff in the unit are actively involved in palaeoclimate and archaeological research and have a leading role in international calibration programmes.
The facilities of the Waikato Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory are also available for external contract work. Please see our Specialist Facilities page for this and other services available and associated costs.
Waikato Stable Isotope Unit (WSIU)
The Waikato Stable Isotope Unit (WSIU) is primarily a research unit, and has the objective of promoting the use of stable isotopes in all branches of scientific research. The staff of the unit are highly experienced in the use of stable isotopes as tracers, particularly in biological and environmental research.
The facilities of the WSIU are also available for external contract work. Please see our Specialist Facilities page for this and other services available and associated costs.
The secret life of plants:
The secret life of plants means we are still trying to figure out why different plant species grow and how they respond to climate change.