Cawthron Open Day is back for 2021 to celebrate 100 years of science

31 March 2021

Cawthron Institute is opening its doors once again for the Cawthron Open Day as part of Tuku21 Nelson Heritage Festival on Saturday 10 April.

This year Cawthron celebrates 100 years of delivering world-class science, and the Open Day will provide an opportunity for the public to get a behind-the-scenes look at New Zealand’s largest independent science organisation dedicated to supporting the sustainable development of primary industries and protecting our environment.

Open Day visitors can expect interactive displays showcasing all aspects of our science, from how Cawthron helps to develop sustainable aquaculture farming methods, the exciting potential of algae, how our research helps to protect our freshwater and ocean environments, as well as ensuring New Zealand’s seafood safe to eat.

There will also be laboratory tours and scheduled presentations from our scientists sharing their research. Plus, this year Cawthron is teaming up with the Ministry of Inspiration to bring you a life-size whale where you can hear real-life marine mammal song, as well as providing craft stations for the kids.

Cawthron Institute Chief Executive Volker Kuntzsch said Cawthron’s Open Day was an excellent opportunity for the local community to engage with its science.

“Cawthron has been a pioneer of impactful science and New Zealanders have benefitted from our research for decades. Since our official establishment in 1921 we have firmly focused on research that contributes to the economic growth of our region and the preservation of our special environment.

“As we celebrate the past century of science and innovation from Cawthron, as well as look forward to the next 100 years, it’s only fitting that we open our doors and showcase how our research has made a real difference, right here from the heart of Nelson,” said Kuntzsch.

The Cawthron Open Day takes place on Saturday 10 April from 10am – 2pm at its main campus at 98 Halifax Street East.

Laboratory tours and scheduled presentations will start from 10.15am. Please note that lab tours are for visitors aged 10 years or older, closed toe shoes are a must, and spaces are limited, so please sign up for a tour on arrival at the Open Day. We look forward to seeing you there!

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