It was established in the year 1919 with a bequest from Thomas Cawthron, the organisation’s activities must benefit the Nelson Region and the nation. Governed by the board of trustees of the Thomas Cawthron Charitable Trust, with the aim of the institute is to connect scientists and their research with the public to support science and science education.
The Cawthron Institute is New Zealand's biggest independent science organisation, The institute engages its major efforts in the specialization in science that conserve and supports the environment also in the development within primary industries. According to Sir Theodore Rigg, a former Cawthron director, its establishment was not only of great value to agriculture but it also stimulated scientific research throughout the whole of New Zealand.
Cawthron Institues is a divergent institution accommodating nearly 200 scientists, laboratory technicians, researchers and specialist staff from more than 20 different countries.
Researcher have unique research expertise in the field of aquaculture research, marine and freshwater resource management, food safety and quality, algal technologies, biosecurity and analytical testing. Their ground-breaking science is supported by substantial testing and research laboratories, state-of-the-art technology and a purpose-built aquaculture park.
Few main focuses of the institutions are:
The following is the list of proceedings by scholars from Cawthron Institute that are published in OMICS International journals and conferences.