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

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Wastewater drug tests show meth most common drug in Auckland and Christchurch

ESR was commissioned by police in December to test sites in both cities to allow authorities to map drug-use patterns and give a clearer picture of where and when drugs are most commonly used.

Three months of testing (external link) found significantly higher quantities of methamphetamine than other drugs.


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ESR is proud to be a partner of the National Science Challenges Crazy & Ambitious Conference 2017. (external link)  There are several exciting sessions planned with our very own Brent Gilpin as a keynote speaker. The conference is being held 8-10 May at Te Papa in Wellington.

Registration is now open, including the opportunity to apply for a registration fee waiver. Please see details (external link)  on how to apply.