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Our science in action

ESR is New Zealand's Crown Research Institute that specialises in science relating to people and communities. Our world-class knowledge, research and laboratory services help our partners and clients solve complex problems and protect people in New Zealand and around the world.

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Forensic Awareness Training to Conflict Armament Research CAR London by Kurt McManus 6

Forensic awareness training

The expertise of ESR's forensic scientists and technicians can be applied to numerous fields.

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Forensic NZ documentary series

ESR, along with the NZ Police, participated in the 2017 five-part documentary series Forensics NZ. The series explored real crimes in New Zealand and how forensic science assisted Police with their investigations.

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Becoming a forensic scientist

Forensic scientists apply scientific knowledge and skills to investigate crime and help police find or eliminate crime suspects.

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DNA

About the DNA databank

In 1995, a joint project involving the New Zealand Police and ESR created the National DNA Profile Databank.  

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Antibiotic sensitvity and resistance

Combating antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance is the broader term for resistance in different types of microorganisms (eg, bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi). It encompasses resistance to antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic and antifungal drugs.

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Kaikoura

Collaborative community engagement

Kaikōura, a South Island coastal town, is world famous for its beautiful environment. Responsible stewardship of the land is critical for the town's thriving Māori-owned and -operated nature-based and cultural tourism industry, and the local community has embraced this...

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