Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme

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The Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme welcomes your attendance and participation in our insightful events held throughout the year. A list of PAST EVENTS is also provided below.


Tech Tuesday Forum for Innovative Manufacturers

TOPIC: Above and beyond - creating a truly sustainable manufacturing ecosystem

DATE & TIME: Tuesday 25 AUGUST 2020 | 5.30 - 7.30pm

PRESENTER: Dr Gabriela Baron

VENUE: Newmarket Campus Seminar Room (902.402) - above Reception. Nibbles and drinks will be served and parking on campus is free, accessiblie via Gate 3 in Khyber Pass Road.


ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Aotearoa's clean, green reputation is one we should be proud of, though manufacturing sustainably can still be a challenge for most of us. With a background in environmental engineering and industrial design, and with the circular economy and social innovation at the heart of her work, Dr Gabriela Baron argues that the most effective, “greenest” and best opportunities for sustainable solutions exist beyond the product level. Using case studies, she will discuss multiple approaches and ideas with which to tackle this important issue: through a design lens, systems-based interventions, biological perspectives (including biomimicry), to product life cycles, and more. Ultimately, she will consider how professionals in a range of fields can seek opportunities for radical change and innovation, while taking responsibility to ensure that sustainability becomes more than a buzzword to us.

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Dr Gabriela Baron
PRESENTER:  Dr Gabriela Baron




Dr Gabriela Baron is a Lecturer at the University of Auckland's School of Design with her specialist teaching, supervisory and research interests being in the field of human-centred design strategies around environmental sustainability, conservation and social innovation. She is a Design Strategist focused on Conservation, Sustainability and Social Innovation with a deep-seated belief in co-creation and collaboration for resilient innovation. She studied Industrial Design in Argentina, received a specialist Master's in Product Service System Design from Politécnico di Milano and holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering. Read more on her DESIGN 4CONSERVATION website.

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More about the Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme

The Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme can help you to develop successful new products and services and increase profitability through ideas generation, technology development and innovation implementation.

As a part of the IMM Programme, we host an exciting calendar of industry events throughout the year. These events offer innovative and novel insights into design, manufacturing efficiency, processing technology, and materials science.

By attending our events, you will become a part of an ongoing dialogue between industry experts, academics, and anyone with a stake in the future of New Zealand’s innovative manufacturing and design sector.


OUR NEXT EVENT will be a Tech Tuesday Forum for Innovative Manufacturers on 25 AUGUST 2020, commencing at 5.30pm in the Newmarket Campus Seminar Room.




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