Faculty of Science - Leading creativity and innovation in the sciences


Research themes in our Faculty


The Faculty of Science has embraced the University of Auckland's five Global and Local Challenges, by developing eight research themes.

If you are interested in being part of any of these research themes, please get in touch with each theme's research programme manager.

Photonics laboratory.

Future materials and technologies


Focussed on advanced materials and processes to create a better future.

Includes | innovative manufacturing, nanotechnology, photonic and quantum technology, green chemistry, climate science, energy

Connects to | Engineering, Business, FHM, Knowledge Sciences theme, Science and society theme, Healthy people, healthy communities theme, Food production and nutrition theme, A sustainable future theme.

Find out more and contact the research programme manager.

Victoria Louise Smith
Email: victoria.smith@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 3641

Satellite image of Earth

Our World and Universe


Māi i te whenua ki te rangi, Māi i te rangi ki te whenua

Seeking to advance our understanding of our planet and universe, utilising the nation's access to space and related resources to further fundamental and applied science.

Includes | Earth observation, geophysics, climate and environmental processes, space technologies and satellites, remote sensing, astrophysics, astronomy, and astrobiology.

Connects to | Physics, Environment, Biology, Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemical Sciences, Engineering, ABI and others.

Find out more and contact the research programme manager.

Victoria Louise Smith
Email: victoria.smith@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 3641

sea-foreshore-land

A sustainable future - from the mountains to the sea


Focused on the sustainability of our terrestrial, marine and freshwater environments, our climate, and human resilience. 

Includes | The pursuit of balanced land and water use; strong sustainable cities, urban futures; communities & regions; environmental governance. Our response to natural hazards, disaster prevention and recovery, resilient infrastructure, technology, policy, continuity, systems, climate refugees and human security.

Connects to | Arts, Engineering. Science and society theme, Health people, healthy communities theme, Food production and nutrition theme.

For more information contact the research programme manager:

Kathryn Howard
Email: kathryn.howard@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 3490

Participants taking part in the poi trial

Healthy people, healthy communities - beyond human diseases and disorders


Focused on understanding human diseases, human disorders and their causes and treatments.

Includes | Medicines and treatments, disease screening, prevention and rehabilitation.  sustaining well-being health promotion, disease prevention, mental health, increasing resilience and healthy communities with a focus on the entire life course. Health innovation, medical devices and technologies, precision health, health economics, supported living (sensors, health and soft robotics), mathematical modelling, and social implications of these innovations. Brain health and rehabilitation.

Connects to | FHMS, Liggins, Arts; Knowledge Science theme, Science and society theme.

For more information contact the research programme manager:

Miss Jaylene Wehipeihana
Email: j.wehipeihana@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 3537
 

Vegetables on bench

Food, food production and nutrition


Focused on food, from farm to plate.

Includes | the food and health programme, exercise food and nutrition, plant and animal breeding, fisheries, aquaculture, agritech, food science and food engineering, sustainability of food production, food safety, traceability, nutrition, health, diet, social sciences, business, and commercialisation.

Connects to | Engineering, FHMS, Business, Arts, Science and society theme, Healthy people, healthy communities theme, A sustainable future theme.

Find out more and contact the research programme manager:

Ms Wendy Rhodes
Email: w.rhodes@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 6500

Science and society

Science and society


Focused on connecting our science to Aotearoa and the world.

Includes | Understanding our research in a societal context, especially responding to, and being led by, Vision Matauranga; social implications of new ideas and technologies; science education.

Connects to | Arts, Education and Social Work, Creative Industries, Business; all other Faculty of Science research themes.

For more information contact the research programme manager:

Kathryn Howard
Email: kathryn.howard@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 3490
 

Big data

Knowledge Sciences


Focused on the representation, modelling, communication and processing of ideas and information, ranging from abstract foundations to concrete designs and representations in computers and in the human mind. 

Includes | philosophy, maths, statistics, computer science, engineering science, and psychology.  Informs emerging areas of societal interest, such as big data and cyber-security.

Connects to | Engineering, ABI, Arts; Science and Society theme, Computation biology theme. 

For more information contact the research programme manager:

Eszter Muradin
Email: e.muradin@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 373 7599

Computational sciences

Computational biology


Focussed on molecular and computational analysis and understanding of biological systems, spanning the sub-cellular through to population level dynamics. 

Includes | emerging research at the interface of computer science, maths, biology, neuroscience, statistics, engineering and philosophy.  Informs societal debate around the application of new genetic technologies in health research and biological conservation, data protection and sharing; ‘omic technologies; neuroinformatics

Connects to | Arts, Engineering, Law, Knowledge Sciences theme, Sicence and society theme, Healthy people, helathy communiites theme, A sustainable future theme. 

For more information contact the research programme manager:

Mr Colin Ting
Email: c.ting@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 8866