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Partnerships and collaborations

We have a number of key partnerships and collaborations that link us with organisations whose expertise and resources complement our own.

Our partnerships


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Liggins Institute

The Liggins Institute was the University of Auckland’s first large scale research institute. It is a world leading centre for translational research on fetal and child health; the impact of nutrition on health throughout life; epigenetic regulation of growth and development, breast cancer; and evolutionary medicine.

The Liggins Institute is committed to promoting awareness and understanding of science through public events and supporting the communication and translation of science knowledge into community understanding through LENScience.

Visit the Liggins Institute

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Gravida: National Centre for Growth and Development

Gravida: National Centre for Growth and Development (Gravida) was established in 2003 as one of New Zealand’s seven Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs). It is a 'virtual' institute that is hosted by the University of Auckland and headquartered at the Liggins Institute, but includes scientists from Massey University, the University of Otago, the University of Canterbury, AgResearch Limited and Landcorp Farming Limited.

Gravida is committed to ensuring that New Zealand’s science capability is maintained, through creating a supportive and challenging environment for our best young scientists. Gravida is a major investor in LENScience, forging new pathways for knowledge translation between scientists and the compulsory education system and supporting research capability development from middle school onwards.

Visit Gravida: National Centre for Growth and Development

Our key collaborators


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University of Southampton

LifeLab is an educational programme at the University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine, designed to allow 11-16 year old students the opportunity to discover first-hand how their diets and lifestyles lay the foundations for a healthier life, and how their own health is linked to the health of the children they may have in the future. LifeLab’s aim is to help raise young people’s awareness of health through an exciting educational experience using modern technology at a hospital based laboratory.

The Liggins Institute and the University of Southampton have a strong history of collaboration. Since 2007 LENScience have collaborated with the LifeLab Southampton project team, having identified clear parallels relating to the social, educational and health contexts between the two organisations. The collaboration project is enabling co-operative development of common teaching, translation and research goals between LENScience and LifeLab Southampton.

Visit the University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine LifeLab

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The Centre for Brain Research at The University of Auckland

The Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland is a unique partnership between scientists, doctors and the community. Working together in the laboratory, clinic, whānau and community, it provides a bright and better future for people and families living with brain disease.

The LENScience collaboration with the Centre for Brain Research builds on the strengths of LENScience with respect to communication and translation of science through education, and the Centre for Brain Research with respect to the development of science knowledge, and the communication of science through public events, and to explore further collaboration potential. The Students As Researchers Programme is the current focus of this collaboration, enabling Maori and Pacific students to engage in long-term research and communication projects with CBR scientists and LENScience. 

Centre for Brain Research at The University of Auckland

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Bio-Protection Research Centre

The Bio-Protection Research Centre’s world-leading research focuses on finding new, non-pesticide and sustainable solutions that protect New Zealand's plant-based, productive ecosystems from existing and potentially invasive pests, diseases and weeds.

The Bio Protection Research Centre partners with LENScience in the Senior Biology Seminar Series. This award winning educational programme, connecting senior high school students to New Zealand's top researchers through a school-university linked programme, showcases exciting research carried out by New Zealand researchers in biology and medicine. Ongoing development in this collaboration is planned to enable the important links between growing food, the environment and a healthy diet and lifestyle to be explored within the context of noncommunicable disease risk reduction. 

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Allan Wilson Centre

Established in 2002, the Allan Wilson Centre is one of New Zealand’s eight Centres of Research Excellence (CoRE) that receive special government support. The Centre is a national collaboration hosted by Massey University involving the University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Otago, University of Canterbury and the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research.

The Allan Wilson Centre partners with LENScience in the Senior Biology Seminar Series. This award winning educational programme, connecting senior high school students to New Zealand's top researchers through a school-university linked programme, showcases exciting research carried out by New Zealand researchers in biology and medicine.

Visit the Allan Wilson Centre

Our partner schools


LENScience programmes are developed in collaboration with our stakeholder and partner schools and science organisations.

Stakeholder schools

offer a representative range of learning environments in which the potential of new programmes can be explored.

Stakeholder Schools
Tamaki College, Glen Innes, Auckland
Onehunga High School, Onehunga, Auckland
Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Raki Paewhenua, Rosedale, Auckland
Westlake Boys High School, Forrest Hill, Auckland
Tereora College, Rarotonga, The Cook Islands
Tonga High School, Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Research partner schools

enable robust evaluation of programmes to be carried out during development, pilot and national implementation phases of our work. This ensures that programmes are evidence-based and are delivering the support for science education, communication and translation into community understanding that is intended. Twelve schools have partnered with LENScience to support the research and evaluation programme, supporting informed practice in schools throughout New Zealand.