Scion leads a number of multi-year programmes that have their own websites and is involved in six National Science Challenges.
Current research programmes
- Giant Willow Aphid
- Rural Fire Research
- Bark Biorefinery: Unlocking new hydrophobic polymers
- Forest Flows: Creating water-resilient landscapes
- Growing Confidence in Forestry's Future (GCFF) completed in 2019
- Health Trees, Healthy Future (HTHF) completed in 2019
National science challenges
New Zealand’s national science challenges (NSCs) are tackling the big science-based issues and opportunities facing the country. Scion scientists work alongside other top scientists from Crown research institutes, universities and other research bodies in six of the challenges:
- Science for technological innovation. Kia kotahi mai – te ao pūtaiao me te ao hangarau. Lead SfTI Spearhead project: Additive manufacturing and 3D and/or 4D printing of bio-composites.
- Building better homes, towns and cities. Ko ngā wā kāinga hei whakamāhorahora
- New Zealand’s biological heritage. Ngā koiora tuku iho
- Our land and water. Toitū te whenua, toi ora te wai
- Resilience to nature's challenges. Kia manawaroa – ngā ākina o te ao tūroa
- The deep south. Te kōmata o te tonga