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Possible Engineering Mission to New Zealand in 2013/14

The UK government maintains a network of science officers around the world, largely aimed at forging commercially-orientated R&D links between the UK and partner countries.  Through this network, funded places can be made available for trade missions to partner countries.


Over the past six years, some 30 UK missions have been brought to New Zealand and plans are being prepared for the coming year.


One of the topics being explored is Engineering, and the New Zealand Commission are asking if organisations would be interested in supporting such a mission. At this stage they are really looking for an indication of interest, though it is hoped that if there is sufficient interest, that this will develop into a trade mission to New Zealand next year.


Support at this stage will greatly strengthen the funding bid the New Zealand Commission will shortly make to London. Generally, funding allows them to contribute about £1300 to each UK person qualifying to join the mission. In some cases, the New Zealand government reciprocates these missions by means of NZ return visits to the UK where promising links are developing.


Steve Thompson, Science and Innovation Promoter of the British High Commission would be grateful for views and suggestions - especially with regard to any focus they should take within engineering, and suitable times of year for a mission - preferably hooked to a large engineering event in New Zealand where the UK contingent may link with a wide range of New Zealand interests. It may also be possible to link with similar events in neighboring or en-route countries to make a ‘grand tour’.


To give your support for this initiative, to make suggestions for focus areas and for any more information, please contact Steve Thompson


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