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Dr Nicola Gaston on science and democracy

Posted in Reflections On Science on September 26th, 2014.

In a guest post for the Public Address blog network, Dr Nicola Gaston, President of the New Zealand Association of Scientists, outlines her thoughts on public trust in scientists and a potential new code of practice for public engagement. An excerpt (read in full here): Science has a bad habit of asking – demanding, even […]

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New Zealand’s ‘blue economy’ – Dame Anne Salmond

Dame Anne Salmond, patron of the Te Awaroa 1000 Rivers Project, writes about the country’s ‘blue economy’ in the New Zealand Herald. An excerpt (read in full here): Dame Anne Salmond: Keep our wealth flowing Thorough analysis of our waterways essential if we’re to preserve our blue economy. Look at those extraordinary images of the […]

September 23rd, 2014 Read full Story

Scientists examine colossal squid at Te Papa

Scientists from Te Papa and AUT University have dissected a colossal squid, streamed live online earlier today, to find out more about this rare creature.  This colossal squid and the specimen already on display at Te Papa are the only two of their kind ever caught intact. Scientists have hardly ever come across large colossal squid specimens […]

September 16th, 2014 Read full Story

A rough guide to science advice – The Guardian

Below is an excerpt from a Guardian article published ahead of the Science Advice to Governments summit which gets underway today in Auckland as part of World Science Week (read in full here) A rough guide to science advice As scientists and policymakers gather in Auckland for a global summit on scientific advice, what lessons […]

August 28th, 2014 Read full Story

Sir Peter Gluckman on science and policy

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman, is this week hosting and chairing the Science Advice to Governments conference in Auckland as part of World Science Week. The meeting brings together Science Advisors and Science Advisory Committees from around the world to discuss their role in creating science-informed policy. Ahead of the meeting, […]

August 25th, 2014 Read full Story

Twelve questions for Prof Richard Easther – NZ Herald

As part of the New Zealand Herald’s ‘Twelve Questions’ series Sarah Stuart quizzes cosmologist Prof Richard Easther. An excerpt (read in full here): Professor Richard Easther is one of the world’s leading cosmologists, known for his work on what happened straight after the Big Bang. He spent 15 years at Ivy League universities in the […]

August 5th, 2014 Read full Story

Strategic plan to foster curious minds

A new report from the government lays out a plan to encourage and enable a more science-literate and aware society. A Nation of Curious Minds: He Whenua Hirihi I te Mahara – is the blueprint for the Science in Society Project which came out of the National Science Challenges. The project called on the government […]

July 29th, 2014 Read full Story

National Science Challenges critically examined

This morning on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report, Environment Reporter Olivia Allison discussed criticisms against the National Science Challenges as revealed in emails to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, released under the Official Information Act. You can listen back to the audio here: You can also listen to Minister of Science and Innovation […]

July 28th, 2014 Read full Story

False balance in science reporting – The Conversation

The following article is republished from The Conversation under Creative Commons license. Read the original here. The problem of false balance when reporting on science By Peter Ellerton How do you know the people billed as science experts that you see, hear and read about in the media are really all that credible? Or have […]

July 21st, 2014 Read full Story

Dominion Post: Government efforts on water “shallow”

In its Wednesday editorial, the Dominion Post tackles the issue of freshwater quality in New Zealand, and last week’s release of the Government’s compulsory minimum standards for freshwater ways. “The Government still isn’t serious about cleaning them up,” the editorial concludes.   An excerpt: (read in full here) Unfortunately, the bottom lines are too timid. […]

July 11th, 2014 Read full Story

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