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Centres of Research Excellence (CoRE)

Ten Centres of Research Excellence operate in New Zealand at the leading edge of their field within the international research community. Research in these areas is fundamental to the interests of New Zealand and have the potential to make major contributions to New Zealand’s future economic and social development. Funding for these CoREs runs through until 2020.
Find out more about CoREs here.

The Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies (DWC)
Officially launched on 17 February 2015, the Dodd-Walls Centre is the first Centre of Research Excellence to be hosted by the University of Otago.

The Dodd-Walls Centre encompasses investigators from universities across New Zealand and is focused on the fields of precision atomic and quantum optical physics. DWC research explores the limits of control and measurement at the atomic scale through the use of laser light, the generation and manipulation of light at its most fundamental quantum level, and the processing and physical nature of information in this quantum realm.
The Dodd-Walls Centre has research teams built around four themes: Sensors and Imaging, Sources and Components, Quantum Fluids and Gases, and Quantum Manipulation and Information, and dedicated outreach teams. The Industry Team works towards the translation of the Centre’s research in to profit-making businesses and the establishment of new companies. The Educational Outreach Team works in partnership with the NZ museum sector, and especially the Otago Museum, to spread the excitement and passion for science and technology inherent in the Centre. Training of postgraduate students is also a key activity of the DWC.

Brain Research New Zealand - Rangahau Roro Aotearoa (BRNZ)

BRNZ is co-hosted by University of Otago and University of Auckland. Officially launched on 22 May 2015 by the co-directors, Distinguished Professor Richard Faull from the Centre for Brain Research and Professor Cliff Abrahams from the University of Otago, the centre will also involve collaboration from researchers at Canterbury University and AUT, and clinicians at various District Health Boards.

New Zealand has a world-class brain research capability and BRNZ draws on this capability to create a cohesive and mutually reinforcing national team. This collaboration brings researchers engaged in ageing-related neuroscience under one virtual roof, reducing competition and encouraging cooperation.

Brain Research New Zealand is a national enterprise that, through a coordinated research, training and education programme, will develop new capacity and capability to address the increasing burden of ageing-related brain disorders.

University of Otago Research Centres

University of Otago Research Centres are research flagships for the University. There are fourteen formally recognised and supported Research Centres.

University of Otago Research Themes

A University of Otago Research Theme signals developing or potential research excellence in areas of strength within the University. There are twelve formally recognised and supported Research Themes.

Other Research Groups and Applied Research Units