ESR (the Institute of Environmental Science and Research) is New Zealand’s Crown Research Institute that specialises in science relating to people and communities.

It’s our science that helps safeguard people’s health, protect food-based economies, improve the safety of freshwater and groundwater resources, and contributes expert forensic science to justice systems. See the positive impact our work has

Latest news

Supporting science in primary schools

ESR has teamed up with House of Science (external link) to help develop science resource kits for kiwi primary schools, including a new kit about forensic science – 'Who-Diddit?’. ESR is proud to be supporting House of Science’s vision of raising scientific literacy amongst primary school kids.
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ESR celebrates 25 years!

ESR is celebrating 25 years of contributing to the economic, environmental and social well-being of people and communities in New Zealand, and around the world. As one of ten New Zealand Crown Research Institutes (external link) (CRIs) established on 22 June 1992, ESR was tasked with delivering enhanced scientific and research services to the public health, food safety, security and justice systems, and the environmental sector. We are proud of everything we have achieved. Happy Birthday ESR!