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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

New Board Members August 2017

ESR welcomes two new Board members who bring with them a great deal of experience and insight to the strategic direction and performance of the organisation.

They are Professor Cris Print (external link) and Dr Andy Shenk (external link) . Cris is currently a Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology at Auckland University and Andy is currently the Chief Executive at Auckland Uniservices.

A snapshot of ESR - latest profile publication released

ESR is New Zealand’s Crown Research Institute that specialises in science relating to people and communities. Our latest profile publication – 'Science for Communities' highlights the broad range of work we do for our clients from forensic investigations, to food safety, water quality and human health. Our team of experts apply the latest technology and trends such as genomics and bioinformatics to help solve problems in New Zealand and around the world. Have a read of our profile publication (external link) to find out more.

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.