UC Engineering researcher talks ‘Hidden Energy’ at Parliament
University of Canterbury (UC) Engineering Senior Lecturer Dr Matthew Cowan was at the Beehive last week presenting to MPs as part of the Speaker’s Science Forum 2020.
UC chemical and biological engineering lecturer Dr Matthew Cowan with MP for Waiariki, Tāmati Coffey at the Speaker’s Science Forum last week.
Organised by the Royal Society Te Apārangi in collaboration with the Speaker of the New Zealand Parliament, the aim of the forum is to present cutting-edge research to MPs and decision-makers in a non-partisan setting, to inform the issues being addressed in Parliament.
Last week’s forum, ‘Future Stars: showcasing New Zealand’s research talent’ gave MPs the opportunity to hear from Dr Cowan and Dr Nancy Garrity, two of Aotearoa New Zealand’s outstanding early-career researchers who are tackling society’s important issues.
“Sharing the platform with Dr Nancy Garrity gave me an insight into both her research and a side of science and engineering I seldom see,” Dr Cowan says.
Dr Cowan’s presentation ‘Hidden Energy: Revolutionising hidden high-energy processes’ focused on his innovative research around improving the methods and technologies we use to purify all the building blocks of society.