The Centre for Materials Science and Technology was established in 2016 and focuses 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 operates as a virtual Centre physically much of the activity is co-located with the Department of Food Science.
With internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, diverse research expertise, strong links with industry, and international accreditation by The Textile Institute, courses in Clothing and Textile Sciences at Otago have a long history and a proven record of excellence in both research and education.
Many materials such as textiles, fibres, and leather are used to meet basic human needs, and are essential to performance, feelings of well-being in both the physical (e.g. for protection) and the cultural sense. How Māori and Pacific people managed dress in pre-colonialised New Zealand and the evidence available to us is an area of current research.
Centre staff work with a variety of external collaborators: industry, service, and consumer groups.
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