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In this newsletter:

  • Applications for summer studentship supervisors and students are now open.

  • The 2-Day Future Leaders Workshop has been rescheduled from the end of this month to the end of October.

  • The Whaia te Tika workshop for ECRs is coming up in two weeks - sign up now.

  • Do you have an idea, research project or product that could make a positive impact on the health sector? University of Canterbury’s HealthTech Challenge is now open for applications.

Applications for Summer Studentships now open

The Te Tītoki Mataora Summer Studentship Programme provides 10-week paid studentships for Māori, Pacific, and other New Zealand tertiary students to experience what conducting health and MedTech research is really like. More info available here.

Applications are now open for both students and supervisors.

Closing date: 12pm Mon 2 October 2023.

  • If you would like to host a funded summer student via our programme, please complete our supervisor application at this link.

  • If you know any students interested in applying, please forward them this link.

Upcoming events

RESCHEDULED! Future Leaders Workshop

NEW DATE 30 & 31 October 2023, Auckland

This workshop will provide MedTech and neuroscience early- and mid-career researchers and clinicians (EMCRs) with the opportunity to establish new research collaborations with high impact and develop transdisciplinary collaboration skills across organisations.

You will be encouraged to delve into problems, uncover innovative solutions, identify research projects, and initiate new collaborative working partnerships. You will learn about health economics, project planning, effective collaboration, and Māori engagement.

If you are interested, sign up below! Travel for those outside Auckland will be funded. If you have any questions, you can contact

Other events

UC HealthTech Challenge now open

Do you have an idea, research project or product that could make a positive impact on the health sector?

The HealthTech Challenge 2023 is a ten-week Validator that aims to equip individuals and teams with a venture idea, research, or a non-commercialised product or service to develop commercially feasible solutions for the health sector.

By entering the HealthTech Challenge you will have the opportunity to access:

  • A $10,000 cash prize pool

  • A $5,000 in-kind support package to take your venture to the next level.

  • Expert coaching, mentoring and support throughout the programme.

  • Advanced start-up knowledge and resources.

  • Prominent stakeholders and investors from the local and national innovation ecosystem.

  • Cohort-based accelerated learning and support.

  • UCE’s rapid prototyping and digital printing facility.

  • Complimentary hot-desks, deep-work spaces, refreshments, and use of UCE facilities.

Applications close Wednesday 6th September 2023.


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