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Research in the Faculty of Science

The excellent research conducted in the Faculty of Science is supported by the work of the programmes, institutes, and centres the faculty hosts.

Research programmes

Agritech programme

With expertise primarily drawn from the Science, Engineering, Medical and Health Sciences and Business faculties, the Agritech Programme creates a new hub for any project looking at the business, science and technology of primary production.


Innovative Manufacturing and Materials programme (IMM)

IMM brings together researchers from across the University into a single programme to support New Zealand manufacturers in maximising their capabilities.


Urban Research Network

The Urban Research Network is a multidisciplinary research hub which draws together a community of urban researchers with specialist expertise from across the University of Auckland.

Food and Health programme

A major research and teaching programme drawing on expertise in food science, process engineering, nutrition, health, social sciences, business and commercialisation from across the University.

Postgraduate research, Food and Health programme, Faculty of Science

Research institutes

Bioinformatics Institute

The Bioinformatics Institute (BI) is a research and education centre bringing together biosciences, health sciences, computer science, mathematics, and statistics to understand complex datasets.The Institute is based in the Faculty of Science and affiliated with the Faculty Medical and Health Sciences.


Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology

The Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology (IIB) works in close association with the Faculty of Science's School of Biological Sciences (SBS) and focuses on industry partnerships to accelerate innovation and develop new models of bioscience enterprise training. 


Research centres

Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity

The Centre for Biodiversity and Biosercuity is a Joint Research Centre between Landcare Research and the University of Auckland. It is affiliated with the Joint Graduate School for Biosecurity and Biodiversity.

Centre for Computational Evolution

The Centre for Computational Evolution brings together researchers who share an interest in developing software tools and mathematical models for understanding evolution and molecular ecology from genes to genomes. 

Centre for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (CDMTCS)

CDMTCS is a joint venture involving the Computer Science, Mathematics Departments within the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Arts Philosophy Department. It was founded to foster basic research and development on the interface between mathematics and computing within the South Pacific region.

Centre for eResearch

The Centre for eResearch is a university-wide research centre hosted within the Faculty of Science. We develop new ways to apply computer and information sciences to all research and science disciplines. We aim to enhance research IT support and community activities. 

Centre for Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics

The Centre for Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics (CGPM) is a Facility Centre within the School of Biological Sciences. It provides a hub for research and teaching of genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics analysis techniques.


Centre for Green Chemical Research

The Centre for Green Chemical Research is working towards a sustainable future by promoting and facilitating interdisciplinary research, education and public engagement in Green Chemical Science.

Chemistry beakers, School of Chemical Sciences

Centre for Mathematical Social Science

The Centre for Mathematical Social Sciences brings together a group of researchers interested in applying mathematical and computational modelling to social sciences (particularly social choice and economics), at the University of Auckland.

Dan Walls Centre for Pure and Applied Optics

The Dan Walls Centre for Pure and Applied Optics serves The University of Auckland, its partners and its stakeholders through innovative fundamental and applied research over a broad range of optics-related topics.

George Mason Centre for the Natural Environment

The George Mason Centre for the Natural Environment (GMCNE) is a multi-disciplinary research centre in the Faculty of Science that focuses on environmental restoration, conservation and sustainability.

Light Metals Research Centre (LMRC)

LMRC is a dedicated centre for light metals research, development and training. The centre has around 16 professional and doctoral researchers and several contributing academics from Faculty of Science and other faculties at the University of Auckland.

Polymer Biointerface Centre (PBC)

The Polymer Biointerface Centre is a cross-disciplinary research centre spanning three faculties. It's mission is to to develop functional materials for health and wellness.


The Cyber Security Foundry

Te Ao Mārama - Centre for Fundamental Inquiry

Te Ao Mārama – the Centre for Fundamental Inquiry brings together researchers from across the spectrum to address some of the great mysteries of existence. It fosters strong inter-disciplinary approaches to some of the biggest questions facing humankind.


The Cyber Security Foundry

The Cyber Security Foundry is a hub for industry-focused research on digital security, based on next-generation technology.