Alison Downard receives Doctor Honoris Causa title [fr]
On Friday May 16, 2014, Prof. Alison J. Downard received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Rennes 1.
Alison Downard is a well-known New-Zealand scientist. Since the beginning of her career, Alison Downard has developed various aspects of electrochemistry and has more recently become an international reference on nanotechnology.
Amongst other positions, Prof. Downard’s career includes the position of Associated Dean of Science and Head of Department of Chemistry at the University of Canterbury. She is currently Deputy Director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, one of the centers of research excellence in New Zealand. Prof. Downard is also currently the Chair-Elect of the Analytical Electrochemistry Division of the International Society of Electrochemistry, and is the recipient of the famous Marsden Fund from the Royal Society of New Zealand.
In 2006/2007 and 2009/2010, Prof. Downard participated in the bilateral scientific exchange programme Dumont d’Urville, respectively with the University of Rennes 1 and the University Joseph Fournier of Grenoble. She frequently returns to France to participate in scientific collaborations.
The Embassy of France in New Zealand congratulates Prof. Alison J. Downard for her title of Doctor Honoris Causa from University of Rennes 1 and her many collaborations with France.