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School teachers are invited to use the material on this website for their classroom teaching, with appropriate acknowledgement.

Teacher Professional Development Days

The Maurice Wilkins Centre has held a series of free teacher professional development days throughout New Zealand, beginning in Auckland in 2012 and then extending from Kaitaia to Invercargill since then with 28 workshops being run.

The one-day events, organised by Deputy Director Professor Peter Shepherd and Ms Rachel Heeney from Epsom Girls Grammar, are designed to help teachers with content for the new standards in the Level 3 NCEA curriculum. The Centre coordinates scientists with specialist knowledge in these areas to produce material directly relevant to the curriculum that could be taken straight into the classroom.

Scientists from institutions around the country have volunteered to take part. To date more than 600 teachers have attended and their feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. An important aim has been to reach provincial areas and teachers who cannot easily access traditional professional development opportunities.

Slides from the presentations can be downloaded from this site, and teachers are free to use these for teaching purposes with appropriate acknowledgement. PDF or PowerPoint versions are available but please note that any animations do not appear in the PDF versions. 

Contact us if you would like to be informed of future Maurice Wilkins Centre teacher events.



Download presentations from our teacher professional development days:

  • Assited Reporductive Technologies. Presented by Professor Andrew Stelling (PowerPoint) (PDF)
  • CRISPR. Presented by Professor Peter Shepherd (PowerPoint) (PDF)
  • Transgenic Animals - Technology and Applications. Presented by Dr Goetz Liable (Powerpoint) (PDF)
  • Selective Breeding. Presented by Maren Wellenreuther (PowerPoint) (PDF)
  • Processes leading to Speciation. Presented by Jamie Wood (PowerPoint, 35MB)
  • Regulating body temperature. Presented by Professor Peter Shepherd (PowerPoint, 14.2MB)
  • Glucose homeostasis and the effects of disrupting it. Presented by Professor Peter Shepherd (PowerPoint, 44MB)
  • Mitochondrial disease. Presented by Dr Lynsey Cree (PDF, 2.9MB)
  • Manipulating plant genomes. Presented by Dr Richard Espley (PDF, 6.2MB)
  • Blood pressure. Presented by Tom Mulvey (PowerPoint, 3.2MB) (PDF, 0.4MB)
  • Personalised genomics. Presented by Dr Justin O’Sullivan (PowerPoint, 6.7MB) (PDF, 3.2MB)
  • Human genomics - value and risk? Presented by Professor Martin Kennedy (PowerPoint, 16.4MB)
  • An example biotechnology use in New Zealand: transgenic pine trees. Presented by Dr Christian Walter and Dr Glenn Thorlby (PowerPoint, 26.7MB)
  • Some interesting aspects of cellular processes. Presented by Professor Peter Shepherd (PowerPoint, 8.14MB)
  • Timing in the plant kingdom. Presented by Dr Erika Varkonyi-Gasic (PDF, 5.49MB)
  • Update on Glucose Homeostasis and Diabetes. Presented by Professor Peter Shepherd (PowerPoint, 29.6MB)
  • Gene expression. Presented by Dr Justin O’Sullivan (PowerPoint, 6.1MB)