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  • IRL scientists scoop PM’s Science Prize

    9 March, 2010

    Two of New Zealand’s pre-eminent scientists, whose work enabled the creation of a new, high-value industry for New Zealand, were today jointly awarded the inaugural Prime Minister’s Science Prize.

  • IRL Board Chair praises CRI Taskforce findings

    CRI Taskforce Report
    4 March, 2010

    IRL Board Chair Keith McConnell welcomed the findings of the CRI[?] Taskforce which were released publicly today.

  • NZ leads global rollout of 'revolutionary' HTS tech

    5 February, 2010

    Boosting the global uptake of high temperature superconductors, a revolutionary technology transforming a wide range of industries, is the goal of an influential line-up of international industrial heavyweights gathering in Wellington next week.

  • New discovery in global war on gout

    14 January, 2010

    A promising new gout treatment co-discovered by Lower Hutt’s Industrial Research Ltd (IRL) has taken an important step towards the world’s largest pharmaceuticals market.

  • Rare honour for Antarctic researcher

    Tim Haskell
    7 December, 2009

    IRL senior scientist Dr Tim Haskell has joined an elite group of Antarctic explorers and scientists by having a geographic feature in the region named after him.

  • IRL scientist scoops chemistry award for supercritical extraction

    Owen Catchpole
    2 December, 2009

    IRL Group Manager, Integrated Bioactive Technologies, Dr Owen Catchpole has won the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Fonterra Prize for Industrial and Applied Chemistry.

  • Wellingtonian of the Year Award for world-leading IRL scientist

    Bob Buckley
    27 November, 2009

    World-leading physicist and IRL  Group Manager, HTS[?] Conductors and Devices, Dr Bob Buckley last night won Wellingtonian of the Year in the Science & Technology category.

  • Royal recognition for IRL engineer

    Paul Harris
    19 November, 2009

    IRL Research Engineer Paul Harris was last night awarded the RJ Scott medal for his significant contributions to the development and application of electronic devices in New Zealand.

  • 'Smart art' brings Maori sculptures to life

    Pulsing koru
    29 October, 2009

    In a union of art and science, smart materials combined with robotic technologies are being used to make Maori kowhaiwhai (painted designs) come alive.

  • Ingenious engineering takes 2009 IRL prize

    Mechanical Engineering Awards 2009
    28 October, 2009

    The 2009 IRL prize for the best demonstration in robotics or automation has been awarded to final-year Auckland University Mechanical Engineering students Dzulfadli Ibrahim and Luqman Kamarudin for their project, "Propeller prototyping for an unmanned aerial vehicle".