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Any student or postdoc whose supervisor is MacDiarmid Institute investigator, at either principal (PI) or associate (AI) levels. A full list of investigators can be found here.
What Does MESA Do?
As the student and postdoctoral part of the MacDiarmid Institute, MESA works to provide opportunities for New Zealand’s emerging nanotechnology and advanced materials researchers. There are four overaching themes that structure our efforts:
- Workshops & Seminars: MESA organizes full-day workshops and shorter seminars, covering science topics (e.g., spectroscopy and synchrotron workshops) and broader topics of relevance to researchers (e.g., entrepreneurship, economics). We also run events in novel formats, such as an annual 3-day ‘bootcamp’ workshop and hands-on experimental physics. These are complemented by online guides featured on our website, such as how to give a great presentation and an introduction to programming in Python.
- Opportunities & Careers: By helping set up opportunities such as the MacDiarmid Research Commercialization Fellowships for students and postdocs, we aim to provide relevant NZ-based career paths for emerging researchers. This is complemented by alumni videoprofiles, a guide to external listings, to scholarships, and to life in academia, and ties in with plans for upcoming career workshops.
- Networking: With NZ’s nanotechnology and advanced materials research spread out across the country, our universities’ students and postdocs sometimes lack a sense of community and strong networks. MESA aims to address this through events such as our workshops, seminars and extended multi-day events, highlighted every year by the MacDiarmid Student & Postdoc annual symposium. We are also working to establish a strong MacDiarmid alumni network, an effort started with our videoprofiles.
- Outreach: MESA seeks to encourage public interest and participation in nanotechnology and advanced materials, through opportunities like those noted here. We do this through grassroots efforts, such as participation as panelists in meet a scientist sessions for children (NZ’s next generation of scientists) and their teachers. Additionally, we are active on social media, namely our blog, Twitter feed, our Facebook page, our Flickr photo stream and the Sciblogs podcast. Check out our outreach demonstration examples too!
We would love to hear from you – whether it’s a suggestion for a future workshop or event, or a comment regarding any MacDiarmid-related issues, please contact us either by e-mail or via our anonymous suggestion box.
“The practical application of stats for experimental research scientists”
Presented by Dr Dalice Sim from VUW’s School of Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research. This one hour seminar will focus on statistics concepts that are important when undertaking experimental research such as:
-How uncertainty propagates when manipulating data
-How to consider error when fitting to data
-How to effectively and efficiently explore the parameter space for a new experiment.
Tuesday 21th May 2013, 3.00pm. Location: AM101, VUW (Wellington)
Alumni & Members: Join the MacDiarmid LinkedIn GroupMESA and the MacDiarmid Institute would like to invite you to connect to our official LinkedIn group, host to all of the Institute's members and alumni. These include many of New Zealand's leading researchers in nanotechnology and materials science, plus alumni pursuing careers abroad. Join us to network with current and former MacDiarmid researchers!
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Recent MESA Blog Posts
- Science Media SAVVY workshop report from Lisa Strover, MESA-Sponsored Attendee
- MacDiarmid Student and Postdoc Symposium 2012
- Transit of Venus Forum Impressions from Riyad Mucadam, MESA-Sponsored Attendee
- MESA Sponsored Attendance to the Transit of Venus Forum
- Data analysis and plotting with free and open source tools