Chiasma Auckland Launch: Future Uncertainty

With fears of the future and career anxiety at an all-time high among students, come online to ‘Chiasma Launch: Future Uncertainty’ to benefit from the diverse experiences of our speakers, hearing about the challenges and opportunities that lead them to a career they love.

Broaden your perspective on what can be pursued after university with a STEM degree. Find out their journey from studying to working in fields they’re passionate about, pick up great career advice and ask them any questions you have afterwards at the virtual bar.

Our speakers, Maria Jose Alvarez and Tim McCready, have worked in several fields such as deep-tech, venture capital, and the biotech, food, and nutraceuticals sectors.

Maria Jose (MJ) is an investor, mentor, and leader for early-stage deep-tech start-ups. In the past year, she worked with over 120 start-ups and participated in 27 capital raises, completing investment rounds surpassing $45 million. With a passion for taking New Zealand’s innovation global, Tim has worked with bioscience and technology start-ups and helps companies from a variety of sectors grow into international markets. He’s also a popular MC and NZ Herald business commentator.

Find out more about MJ and Tim on the event page:

Make informed decisions about your future by hearing what’s out there and have a crack at winning the evening’s grand prize!


Grand Prize: Nintendo Switch

Win a free coffee or $5 to a charity of your choice for ALL Chiasma registrations during launch!

Synapse is Chiasma Manawatū’s flagship networking event, featuring a panel discussion from some of NZ’s brightest science minds.

Join Chiasma Manawatū and your STEM peers and professionals for a discussion exploring ‘Science in a post-Covid world’. How has the pandemic affected NZ’s science-based sectors and what opportunities exist for up-and-coming scientists?

Join James Hutchinson (Kiwinet), Mark Piper (Fonterra), Andrew Chen (Matu Ventures), and Olivia Ogilvie (Matu Ventures) to find out where NZ is heading and what you can do to make the most of it.

Drinks and nibbles will be provided and the panel discussion will be live-streamed for those not wishing to attend in person.

*Whilst we are hoping for the best regarding Covid-19 news, if the Manawatu does not move to level 1 by the 6 Oct, the event will be moved completely online.


RSVP here on Eventbrite!
Date: 5th August
Time: 6pm
Venue: Te Manawa, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui 4410

Networking 101 is a FREE industry speaker series that teaches students about the fundamentals of networking in the STEM industry.

Join us to learn about the key to building connections in your desired industry to kickstart your career.

This is a chance to make new friends, expand your horizons, and create mutually beneficial connections with new people. If you understand networking and you’re prepared to invest the time it takes to put an effective networking strategy together, it is probably the most powerful tool you can use to market yourself, build a professional network and reputation and find hidden work opportunities.

We will be announcing more details very soon! Follow @chiasmanz on Instagram and Facebook for regular updates.


RSVP to book yourself in!

Date: 29th July

Time: 6pm – 9pm

Venue: Unleash Space (Engineering building – 20 Symonds Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010)

Chiasma’s biggest event of the year is just around the corner! Register to seal your spot.


Synapse is a FREE networking event that presents an opportunity for students, academics and industry members alike to be inspired by influential leaders in the STEM industry. Join us for an invigorating night with industry professionals, speakers, like-minded students, and FREE food. Join us alongside hundreds of students to network and be inspired!


We will be announcing more details very soon! Follow @chiasmanz on Instagram and Facebook for regular updates.


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Date: 5th August

Time: 6pm

Venue: Meet at OGGB foyer level 1 (260-115). Synapse will also be held in 260-101, 260-071, and 260-073.

Welcome to Synapse Dunedin 2021! Come along to hear from inspiring professionals and browse our expo of companies to find out what’s on offer

About this event

The event will run from 6.30 till approximately 9pm. Please arrive between 6.30pm and 7pm. Nibbles and refreshments will be available during this time.

From 7pm till 8pm we will be having a keynote speaker and a panel discussion involving industry professionals.

From 8pm onwards guests will be invited to network with industry professionals in a relaxed booth expo over nibbles and refreshments.

Please note: non alcoholic drinks will be available free of charge, alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase using EFTPOS.

Speaker, panelist and booth holders will be announced via social media in the weeks prior to the event (

Synapse 2021 is proudly sponsored by Pacific Edge and Genetics Otago.

MCC and Chiasma bring you the Fonterra Case Challenge 2021 – ‘Making Plastics Sustainable’. In this competition, you will be challenged to apply your business and technical acumen to solve a problem of the future, in conjunction with one of New Zealand’s largest companies and New Zealand’s own soft plastics recycling programme.

Sign up as a team or as an individual and we’ll place you in a team. Teams of 2-4 students will be given one week to develop a concept to solve a current issue faced by the plastics industry. Submissions involve a three-page presentation of the concept, and if you make it to the finals you will get to present your concept to the Fonterra and Soft Plastic Program judging panel.

By entering, you will get a chance to win your part of the $1,750 prize pool. Entry is free with membership with MCC or Chiasma.

Important Dates:

Registrations Open: Monday 12th July
Registrations Close: Wednesday 21st July, 5pm
Tutorial: Wednesday 21st July, 6-7pm
Case Release: Wednesday 21st July, 7pm
Submissions Due: Tuesday 27th July
Finalists Announced: Friday 30th July
Finals: Monday 2nd August (At the Fonterra office)

Individual Sign Up Form:…/1FAIpQLSd3XzNh8QUXrw…/viewform
Group Sign Up Form:…/1FAIpQLSfGimDaDWISum…/viewform

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

Good luck!

Note: Terms & Conditions apply, see sign up forms.

This event will be panel discussion with industry professionals about how they got into industry, what employers look for and how their experience compares to academia.

You will learn about a variety of local companies and be introduced to different and unique STEM pathways that you may not have thought about. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A portion with the audience, so you will get the chance to ask panelists your questions.

We have some exciting speakers lined up so keep your eyes on the intro to industry event Facebook page to learn more about them in the coming weeks.

Nibbles and refreshments will follow the panel.

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Mastaplex Ltd is a Dunedin-based company which works with farmers and vets in diagnostic testing for mastitis in dairy cows, assisting in drug treatment decisions to manage disease. Come along to learn about the research and product development process and learn about the work Mastaplex does and the products Mastaplex have.

This event has limited capacity so please register to confirm your attendance.

Please note that we may contact you via your provided email the day prior to the site visit to confirm exact meeting place.

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Chiasma Wellington are proud to present our 2021 Launch event. We have a discussion panel that will talk on interdisciplinary collaboration in research, technology & business. The panel is comprised of speakers representing a range of organisations involved in the science and technology sector.

  • Shieak Tzeng, Associate Professor at Otago University & Director of the Wellington Medical Technology Group.
  • Ralph Highnam, CEO of VolparaHealth
  • Kelly Campen, CTO of AuramerBio
  • Janice Cheng, Senior Commercialization Manager at Wellington UniVentures.

Networking will follow the panel discussion; this is a great opportunity to meet and make connections with industry professionals as well as fellow STEM students in the Wellington region.

The panel discussion event will begin at 5:30 PM, with the networking event at 7:00 PM

Refreshments and free food will be provided by Milk and Honey.