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Rock snot, spineless wonders and DIY DNA were highlights of Cawthron Institute's annual open day this year.
1 October 2015

Record numbers attend Open Day

Unprecedented numbers of people attended Cawthron Institute's fifth annual Open Day this year, to experience first-hand the world-leading science happening at New Zealand's largest independent science organisation.

More than 850 people of all ages enjoyed everything from presentations on 'rock snot' and spineless water critters (aka invertebrates), to lab tours where lucky volunteers extracted their own DNA using salt, saliva, soap and alcohol."We were absolutely blown away by the interest this year," Cawthron's Community Development Manager, Cherie Johansson, says.

"We initially expected 400 people tops, so to get 850 visitors was outstanding. It reinforces to us that people are really keen and interested to find out more about science and the important work we do here at Cawthron."

This year's event followed Cawthron's first ever Science Careers Day (held on the Friday before the Open Day) for around 150 secondary students from throughout the Nelson Tasman region.

Students discussed science career pathways with scientists from Cawthron and its partner organisations, including Plant and Food Research, the Department of Conservation, Real World Education, SpatNZ and NIWA.

"The career and open days are all part of our aim to share our passion for science and support and inspire the next generation of New Zealand scientists."