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Biotechnology and the Materials for the Future

Through different periods, we see different trends in technology. In recent years we have seen our world transform with electronics,  data science, robotics and artificial intelligence.

This is also driving massive changes in biology, and we are about to enter a new age where biotechnology will impact all our lives. 

This presentation gives a glimpse into this world, how its changing and the work being performed at Scion to improve the environment.

As the Bioproducts and Packaging Portfolio leader at Scion,  Alec works with New Zealand companies to create, manufacture and utilise bioproducts for a sustainable future.

Before coming to Scion, he led one of Europe's largest synthetic biology programmes, developing new materials with genetically engineered microorganisms.

With over forty patents and experience with world-leading biotech companies, Alec brings a unique insight into the science, materials and technologies of the future.



Free entry for members – please sign in at the front door.

$5 donation for non-members – please pay at the front door.

All welcome.


Alec Foster

Portfolio Leader - Bioproducts and Packaging Scion


Rotorua Branch of Royal Society Te Apārangi


Rimu Room via new Scion entrance,
Entry from Tītokorangi Drive (Long Mile Rd)

6:00pm Tue 27 September, 2022