Scion Connections




Issue 23, April 2017

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Science in the bathroom

science bathroom tbThere are 2.5 billion people worldwide living without adequate access to safe and affordable sanitation. In total, it is almost the combined population of the world’s two most populated countries, China and India.
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New Chief Executive Julian Elder joins Scion
Dr Julian Elder commenced as Scion’s Chief Executive on 7 March, succeeding Dr Warren Parker upon his retirement from the role in early 2017.

Science supports rural wildfire response
The recent Port Hills fire is one example of the enormous risk that rural wildfire can pose to homes, farms, forests and infrastructure. The response to the fire was supported by robust science from our rural fire research team.

Waging a war against erosion
Erosion of our East Coast North Island hill country has been a problem since deforestation began in the 19th century. As each year passes, more and more soil is lost to the sea, and the scenario is likely to get worse as climate change brings more frequent intense storms, increasing soil loss.

Marking 70 years
This month marks Scion’s 70th anniversary. In April 1947 the then State Forest Service established a Forest Experiment Station on the Scion campus to centralise forestry research.

Scion and VITO explore our built environment
Scion’s partnership with Belgian-based research and development organisation VITO has grown from strength to strength since our initial partnering in 2015.

Finnish research leaders touch down in Rotorua
As part of our ongoing partnership with the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Scion hosted executive vice president Anne-Christine Ritschkoff and vice president Tiina Nakari-Setälä at our Rotorua campus on 28 February.

Fascination of Plants Day
Plant science organisations all over the world will be celebrating the international Fascination of Plants Day on 18 May.