The Centre for Materials Science and Technology was established to focus on materials, with strength in fibres, textiles and technologies related to biomaterials and bioengineered solutions and interactions with humans. Collaboration across several disciplines and Departments and Otago campuses is common (Anatomy, Archaeology, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Dentistry, Food Science, History, Sport and Exercise Science, Zoology). While CMAST operated as a virtual Centre physically much of the activity was co-located with the Department of Food Science. The Centre was disestablished in 2018 with postgraduate research at Masters and PhD level in Clothing and Textile Sciences, and fibre, yarn and fabric research continuing under the umbrella of the Clothing and Textile Sciences with Assoc. Prof Sarah Wakes as Director. Consultancy enquiries are managed through the Clothing and Textile Centre. Centre staff work with a variety of external collaborators: industry, service, and consumer groups.
Internationally recognised teaching, diverse research expertise, strong links with industry, and international accreditation by The Textile Institute, reflects the long history and proven record of excellence of Clothing and Textile Sciences at Otago in both research and education