The Science and Innovation Network promotes and facilitates international collaboration in research and innovation.

The UK Science and Innovation Network in New Zealand helps to build commercially-orientated UK-NZ research and development collaborations.

SIN is jointly funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. The Network is made up of over 110 officers based in over 40 countries around the world.

SIN works across the entire UK science and innovation landscape supporting UK stakeholders to make international connections, set up strategic collaborations and leverage research and innovation funding, driving global prosperity and growth.

In New Zealand, SIN is represented by one officer based at the British High Commission in Wellington. We work closely with Trade Policy, Economic Diplomacy and the Department of International Trade to deliver maximum benefit for UK researchers and firms engaged in research.

For an introductory brief which covers the local science and innovation landscape, UK priorities and successes in New Zealand, read the UK Science and Innovation Network Country Snapshot.

What we do

SIN New Zealand works to:

  • encourage high-level science co-operation between New Zealand and the UK

  • influence and inform the science and innovation policies of government, industry and academia

  • improve UK policy based on international experience and emerging opportunities with New Zealand

  • use international technology co-operation and investment to grow the UK’s innovation potential

  • support the Department for International Trade in developing trade and investment opportunities between New Zealand and the UK.

Priority sectors

SIN activities in New Zealand are focused on the following priority thematic areas:

  • food and agriculture

  • clean energy and climate change

  • polar and oceans

  • health and life sciences

Contact us

James Araci

Senior Science and Innovation Officer

British High Commission
44 Hill Street
New Zealand


Telephone: +64 (0) 21 774 207

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