Cawthron Institute Open Day 2017.

We’re throwing open the doors so bring the whole family and find out what happens behind the scenes at New Zealand’s largest independent science research organisation.

This year's theme is 'Healthy Freshwater'

You can join us anytime between 10am and 2pm on April 9 at our inner-city site, 98 Halifax Street East, Nelson. 

Here are some of the activities on offer:

  • Interactive displays showing Cawthron’s world-leading science, suitable for adults and children.
  • Freshwater fish, slimy algae, and wriggly macroinvertebrates.
  • Interesting scheduled presentations from our scientists followed by question time.

If you're interested in catching a scheduled presentation it's best to plan ahead. 

Presentations Timetable


Grace Newson – Scholarship research: Energy content of NZ freshwater invertebrates


David Kelly – Maitai Reservoir: Management of upper reaches


Susie Wood – Toxic Algae: What is it and why is in our local rivers


Rob Holmes – ‘Freshwater science takes flight’ : Using drones to monitor stream fish and their habitat

12:50 -13:25  

John Hayes – Bioenergetics drift foraging modelling of trout growth and abundance


Joanne Clapcott – East Coast freshwater management


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