Scion leverages its research collaboration networks to help the many businesses, industry organisations, regional and central government agencies to meet their needs, maximise economic value for New Zealand.
To further strengthen industry interactions, Scion has attracted a cluster of companies within its 114-hectare Rotorua Campus and Te Papa Tipu Innovation Park. This will be strengthened over the next two years with construction of a new forestry and wood sector innovation hub on the Rotorua campus.
Some of our key research relationships in New Zealand include:
Better Border Biosecurity (B3) is a multi-partner, cooperative science collaboration that researches ways to reduce the entry and establishment of new pests in New Zealand. Scion provides research expertise along with the Bio-Protection Research Centre and Plant and Food Research.
Biopolymer Network Ltd. (BPN) A joint venture between Scion, AgResearch and Plant and Food Research. Scion provides research expertise in biopolymers, bio-based specialty chemicals, bio-composites, bio-foams and moulded structures to BPN.
Bioresource Processing Alliance (BPA) is a technology partnership developed that maximises recovery of high value and/or high volume co-products from NZ’s primary industry biological raw materials. The alliance includes: Callaghan Innovation, Plant and Food Research and Scion. The BPA is a single point of contact for the entire bioresource processing sector.
Callaghan Innovation. Scion has a memorandum of Understanding with this crown entity established in 2013 to accelerate commercialisation of innovative technologies that we have jointly identified as having the potential to deliver real value to New Zealand.
Canterbury University. Scion collaborates with the School of Forestry and other faculty in rural fire forest biosecurity, silviculture and mechatronics research. This relationship also supports a number of undergraduate and postgraduate projects.
Future Forests Research Ltd. Scion is the major research provider for Future Forests Research (FFR). This research covers radiata pine management, diversified species, harvesting and logistics and environment and social impacts of forestry.
Massey University. School of Design, College of Science Industrial design and packaging technologies (including with new materials).
Materials Accelerator. Universities of Auckland & Waikato, Callaghan Innovation, Scion, MBIE. New bio-based composite materials and products.
Radiata Pine Breeding Company Ltd. The Radiata Pine Breeding Company Ltd (RPBC) is a New Zealand company focussed on providing superior radiata pine germplasm to customers in New Zealand and Australia.
STIMBR - Stakeholders in Methyl Bromide Reduction. Scion is a major research provider to STIMBR. This group provides an interface between users of methyl bromide, fumigators applying treatments, government departments concerned with reducing the use of ozone depleting substances, researchers seeking alternative treatments and strategies, and other affected parties.
Sustainable Land Use Alliance (SLUA). AgResearch, Plant & Food Research, Landcare Research and Scion. Sustainable land-use and management.
Waikato University. Bay of Plenty Tertiary partnership Postgraduate programmes, executive education.