Research Centres and Units
The main aim of the University of Waikato's School of Science is to promote and enhance its research activities. There are many active research groups within the School, spanning a wide range of topics.
- Environmental Research Institute (ERI)
- Coastal Marine Group (CMG)
- Cortical Modelling Group
- International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research (ICTAR)
- Sustainable Energy, Water and Resilience Systems
- Thermophile Research Unit (TRU)
- Transport Research Group (TRG)
- Waikato Robotics, Automation and Sensing (WaiRAS)
- Waikato Centre for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (WaiCAMM)
- Waikato Mass Spectrometry Facility
- Waikato Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory
- Waikato Stable Isotope Unit (WSIU)
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.
Coastal Marine Group (CMG)
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.
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.
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.
Sustainable Energy, Water and Resilience Systems Research
The Sustainable Energy, Water and Resilience Systems Research group consists of two teams: Energy Research and Water, Sustainability and Resilience Research.
Our expertise is in: Energy efficiency and recovery; process design, integration, efficiency, modelling, and economics; industrial energy systems; renewable energy; energy systems planning; refrigeration, measurement and prediction of thermal properties; water, waste-water, solid waste and odour control and treatment; environmental, chemical, biochemical and materials engineering and biotechnology; biodegradable plastics; life cycle assessment and sustainability; analytical chemistry and emerging contaminants; risk analysis and reduction; resilience and critical infrastructure.
Thermophile Research Unit (TRU)
The Thermophile Research 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.
Transport Research Group (TRG)
Transport affects many aspects of everyday life. The multi-disciplinary Transport Research Group (TRG) at the University of Waikato explores a wide range of research questions from patterns of driving behaviour to what are public perceptions of autonomous vehicle technologies? As an independent provider of quality research for a wide range of public and private organisations, the TRG has established itself as New Zealand's pre-eminent centre for transport research.
Waikato Robotics, Automation and Sensing (WaiRAS)
The Waikato Robotics, Automation and Sensing (WaiRAS) 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 and Manufacturing (WaiCAMM)
The Waikato Centre for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (WaiCAMM) 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.