The Advanced Technology Institute will be named after Paul Callaghan in honour of his contributions to New Zealand science.
Callaghan Innovation will have operations in the Auckland, Wellington (including Hutt Valley) and Canterbury regions.
“Sir Paul was one of New Zealand’s greatest scientists. He believed that science was not only about great ideas but about getting value from those ideas through innovation and commercialisation. His views reflect the ambition of the ATI and we are grateful to the Callaghan family for allowing us to name the new institute in his honour,” said science and innovation minister Steven Joyce said.
The ATI Establishment Board is preparing for a February 1 start and legislation establishing Callaghan Innovation is due to be passed by Parliament in December.