Mystery Creek Fieldays 2019

We were very proud to win the Supreme Site Award at this four day event. The award was given to ESR, along with Crown Research Institutes Scion, Manaaki Whenua and AgResearch. It recognised how the combined stand educated people about the innovative science is helping the rural sector and New Zealand as a whole.  

The combined CRI stand called ‘Science - Growing the Future of New Zealand’ took out the top prize from over 1000 other exhibitors.

ESR was at the Mystery Creek Fieldays, near Hamilton, on 12-15 June to raise awareness of the work we do and showcase the innovative science of which we work at the forefront. 

Our exhibits were a mixture of accessible and fun activities for the general public, and a deeper explanation of the services we provide to potential clients. 

The ESR space showcased five different interactive exhibits including:

ESR SmartSiteTM – our 3D full colour, photo-realistic and dimensionally accurate records of any environment from factories to crime scenes. This work allows for environments to be accessible and meaningful with data presented in context. The exhibit will include a large touch screen with examples of environment walk-throughs, with an immersive VR headset which lets people self-navigate and interact with a scene.

Faecal Source Tracking – our range of molecular and chemical techniques help identify the source of faecal contamination of water - whether it’s from humans or farm, domestic or wild animals. 

From Farm to Fork – a showcase mural which diagrammatically tracks the microbiological journey from farm to fork, explaining how pathogens can contaminate food along the way. 

Environmental health monitoring – promoting GenomESR as a new service for the food industry using state-of-the-art whole genome sequencing and our scientific expertise to food producers. This helps identify and mitigate areas of contamination so they can be eliminates and resolve issues in a processing chain. This exhibit will also include an interactive food detective game where kids (of all ages) can identify pathogens which cause food poisoning.

Groundwater science – showcasing our field trials using passive groundwater remediation systems to effectively remove nitrate in shallow gravel aquifer systems. This exhibit included a stylised model of the remediation system with display panels and a video showing how the system was built.