The facilities at QNN are accessible not only to researchers in Queensland
but to other Australian researchers and those in New Zealand. Because
other Australian universities have now committed to 800 MHz systems,
it is unlikely that there will be other 900 MHz spectrometers in Australia/New
Zealand for the next five years. Hence the QNN facility takes on the
importance of a regional
resource, and provides a unique opportunity for fostering trans-Tasman
links. The Queensland and New Zealand governments are developing
strong links in the area of biotechnology through such initiatives
as the Australian-New Zealand Biotechnology Partnership Fund and specific
Queensland New Zealand interactions, for example between UQ and the
University of Auckland.
There is a strong and growing interest in structural biology in New
Zealand and an active group of scientists from Auckland, Otago, Massey
and Victoria Universities work in this field. Collaborative research
programs between University of Auckland and UQ are already in progress.
Preliminary work using UQ's existing 750 MHz spectromer has indicated
the requirement for higher field, and other centres have expressed
interest in initiating collaborations that utilise the QNN facilities.
The University of Auckland and Massey University have indicated strong
support for QNN and a commitment to regular use of the 900 MHz system.