The Dame Charmian O'Connor Faculty of Science - Leading creativity and innovation in the sciences


  • Women in science – a celebration of NZ pioneers
    19 September 2018
    Pioneering women scientists who helped pave the way for others are being honoured as part of Women’s Suffrage 125 celebrations by having the University of Auckland’s science departments and schools named after them for the week.
  • Meet the trailblazers | Dame Mira Szászy
    19 September 2018
    Dame Mira Szászy, who shares her name with the School of Psychology for this week, features in the NZ Herald's special series to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage.
  • Meet the trailblazers | Ingrid Visser
    18 September 2018
    Read about alumna Dr Ingrid Visser's career as a world-leading expert in Orca whales as part of the NZ Herald's special series to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage.
  • Meet the trailblazers | Margaret Brimble
    17 September 2018
    The NZ Herald launched a special series to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage. Read about Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble and her incredible career in chemistry.
  • Major funding for University of Auckland science research
    13 September 2018
    A non-invasive laser probe to detect prostate cancer and developing high-value products from seaweed are just two research projects at the University of Auckland awarded funding from this year’s Endeavour and Smart Ideas science fund allocation.
  • The secret life of girls
    12 September 2018
    Join the Faculty of Science's Dr Annette Henderson, a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology, as she observes the play, conversations and fascinating challenges that have been set for a group of five and six-year-old girls. Celebrate the anniversary of Women's Suffrage by following this two-part TVNZ special.
  • International prize for encouraging diversity
    11 September 2018
    Promoting gender parity in conference speaker line-ups and helping the Department of Physics at the University of Auckland win an award for promoting diversity and inclusivity have won Dr Frederique Vanholsbeeck an award from the Optical Society of America (OSA).
  • Kiwi whiz kid Tristan Pang's next big test
    10 September 2018
    Sixteen-year-old Tristan Pang was 13 when he became the youngest undergraduate to study math at the University of Auckland. The hard-studying Auckland teen has made it his next test to beat a handful of other bright young minds from around the world and take out a coveted science prize. Find out how to support his bid.
  • Could Chardonnay, Pinot gris benefit from Sauv treatment?
    29 August 2018
    New Zealand’s Sauvignon blanc is famous the world over for its special tropical aromas but now Kiwi scientists believe they are on the verge of a breakthrough in recreating those special qualities in other wines including Chardonnay and Pinot gris.
  • International honour for Professor James Curran
    10 August 2018
    Department of Statistics academic, Professor James Curran, has been awarded a Fellowship with the American Statistical Association (ASA).
  • Curious little scientists question the world
    06 August 2018
    A class of 24 preschoolers from Learning Edge Montessori Preschool (Glen Eden) recently visited the School of Biological Sciences.
  • Are you following a particular way of ‘eating healthily’?
    20 July 2018
    Following a particular diet for health or other reasons is nothing new, but the contemporary context has seen many different ‘healthy-eating’ regimes, such as Paleo, sugar-free or raw foods, become popular.
  • Professor Conrad Perera receives the 2018 JC Andrews Award
    11 July 2018
    Professor Conrad Perera is the recipient of the prestigious 2018 JC Andrews Award from the New Zealand Institute of Food Science & Technology for his significant contributions to the food industry, research and academia.
  • Gary Bold | brilliant physicist, inspired educator
    10 July 2018
    Associate Professor Gary Bold died unexpectedly on 3 July this year after a short time in hospital.
  • Paul Callaghan: Dancing with Atoms' doco at film festival
    29 June 2018
    Te Pūnaha Matatini’s director Shaun Hendy, from the Department of Physics, features in an up and coming documentary showing at the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) about acclaimed New Zealand scientist Paul Callaghan.
  • Sustainability Network announces research award recipients for round one 2018
    15 June 2018
    The Sustainability Network is pleased to announce the four successful student projects for the May 2018 round of the Faculty of Science Sustainability Research Awards.
  • Research Showcase one of the University’s largest student-centred one-day symposia
    15 June 2018
    This year marks the 10th annual School of Chemical Sciences Research Showcase, which over the past decade has grown into the largest student-centred, one-day symposium at the University of Auckland.
  • Mātauranga and science join forces in new research
    14 June 2018
    The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) recently announced that it has awarded $100,000 in funding towards a project that aims to improve the way in which scientists work with and engage with Māori.
  • University of Auckland professor announced as new Chief Science Advisor
    12 June 2018
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits the University of Auckland today to announce Professor Juliet Gerrard will take up the role of Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.
  • University marine biologist wins environment award
    11 June 2018
    Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine has been named inaugural winner of the Sir Peter Blake Trust environment award for her work in marine research and conservation.