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Why do governments support research? – Sir Peter Gluckman

Posted in Reflections On Science on October 22nd, 2015.

Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, discuses the history and future of government research funding in latest blog post. An excerpt (read in full here): Why do governments support research? The evolving role of the State Recently, the New Zealand Government published the National Statement of Science Investment (NSSI). This statement heralds […]

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Science needs funding certainty to excel

The Press science reporter Dr Sarah-Jane O’Connor looks at the state of science funding in New Zealand and whether it is serving the needs of the country. An excerpt: read in full here. “At the end of the year, Palmerston North’s Centre of Research Excellence the Allan Wilson Centre will close, after missing out on […]

October 5th, 2015 Read full Story

AgResearch restructure – In the News

AgResearch has been the focus of intense media reporting this week in anticipation of an announcement that the Crown Research Institute will be cutting research staff. The government-owned research organisation yesterday confirmed plans to lay off 83  staff due to decreasing investment in some research areas, but will be hiring 27 for new roles – […]

September 25th, 2015 Read full Story

Prestigious fellowships funding NZ research

Virtual babies, breast cancer genomics and criminal psychology are just a few subjects to be studied by researchers awarded prestigious fellowships this week. The recipients of two separate sets of fellowships were announced yesterday, totalling millions of dollars of research funding for established and up-and-coming researchers. Twelve of New Zealand’s most talented early to mid-career […]

September 18th, 2015 Read full Story

Dr Christina Riesselman awarded Women in Science fellowship

Dr Christina Riesselman, a geologist at the University of Otago — and Science Media SAVVY participant — has been awarded the New Zealand L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship. Dr Riesselman was officially awarded the fellowship at a ceremony in Sydney last night. The Australia & New Zealand Fellowship programme comprises four $25,000 awards, three […]

September 9th, 2015 Read full Story

The Taonga Genome Project on Radio NZ

The director of genetics at Otago University, Peter Dearden, spoke on Radio New Zealand’s Sunday Morning show about his proposal for a taonga genome project to get New Zealand scientists discovering more about the county’s native species, including animals, plants and insects. You can read more about the proposed project in Assoc Prof Dearden’s post […]

August 18th, 2015 Read full Story

Dr Michelle Dickinson’s new column in the Weekend Herald

As the columnist for the Weekend Herald‘s new Science & Tech page, Dr Michelle Dickinson test runs a new device that claims to use EEG monitoring to help build mental focus. An excerpt (read in full here): Science & Tech: Michelle Dickinson I’ve been walking around wearing an odd, forehead-covering, Rambo-like headband called Muse this […]

August 12th, 2015 Read full Story

Siouxsie Wiles on the future of science

In her regular science slot, Dr Siouxsie Wiles talks on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon about the special ‘Future of Science’ issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand (and bee vaccines and the mortality of young fathers). You can listen to the segment below and read more about the special […]

August 6th, 2015 Read full Story

NZ must do more on climate change – Ralph Chapman

New Zealand is lagging behind in terms of climate change action, writes Associate Professor Ralph Chapman in an opinion article in today’s Dominion Post. An excerpt (read in full here): Pilots know that there is a brief window of time between losing oxygen and passing out, a period in which some life-saving action is possible. […]

August 5th, 2015 Read full Story

PM’s Chief science advisor on sugar, obesity and taxes

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Prof Sir Peter Gluckman, spoke this morning on the Paul Henry Show discussing the issue of taxes on unhealthy food. You can watch the interview by clicking on the image below.

July 30th, 2015 Read full Story

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