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The art of science advice – RNZ

John Kerr posted in on April 1st, 2016.

Radio New Zealand science journalist Veronika Meduna recently quizzed New Zealand’s chief science advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman, and Australia’s newly-appointed chief scientist, Alan Finkel, at a trans-Tasman celebration at the Australian High Commission. You can read more and listen to both speakers on the RNZ Our Changing World website. An excerpt: At a trans-Tasman celebration […]

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Asbestos not a major health risk for NZ homeowners

Laura Goodall posted in on April 15th, 2015.

Asbestos exposure during the post-earthquake Canterbury rebuild is unlikely to cause significant health problems for house occupants, according to a new report published this week by the Royal Society of New Zealand and Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. The report, titled Asbestos Exposure in New Zealand: Review of the Scientific Evidence of […]

New Chief Scientific Advisor appointed – Radio New Zealand

Laura Goodall posted in on February 23rd, 2015.

Professor Richie Poulton is the newly-appointed Chief Science Advisor for the Ministry of Social Development, Radio New Zealand reports. An excerpt (read in full here): New chief science advisor appointed The newly-appointed chief science advisor for the Ministry of Social Development hopes to help make vulnerable people’s lives better. Professor Richie Poulton, who appeared in […]

Audio: Science advice in the context of opposing views

Dacia Herbulock posted in on September 2nd, 2014.

A panel discussion at the inaugural Science Advice to Governments conference in Auckland, 28-29 August, 2014. Science advice in the context of opposing political / ideological positions Speakers: Chair: Ian Boyd (Defra, UK) Hubert Deluyker (EFSA, EC) Roger Pielke (US) Gordon McBean (Canada) Chris Tyler (UK) Ian Chubb (Australia) Session description: One of the most difficult situations […]

Audio: Science advice in situations of crisis

Peter Griffin posted in on August 29th, 2014.

A panel discussion at the inaugural Science Advice to Governments conference in Auckland, 28-29 August, 2014. Science Advice in Situations of Crisis panel Speakers: Chair: Anne Glover – Chief Science Advisor to President, European Commission Yuko Harayama – Executive Member of Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office of Japan Andreas Hensel – President, […]

Nuclear expert – Q&A with Prof Robin Grimes

John Kerr posted in on March 21st, 2014.

Three years on from Fukushima, questions are still being asked about the long term impacts of radiation contamination for local communities and the wider environment. Public attitudes towards nuclear energy and perceptions of the associated risks have shifted globally, though not always in the same direction. Visiting nuclear energy specialist Prof Robin Grimes, the current UK […]

‘Research should be a clever and risky business’ – Sir Peter Gluckman

Dacia Herbulock posted in on January 31st, 2013.

Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, is urging New Zealand’s science community to find ways to fund more intellectually risky research by high-performing scientists. The views appear in a new blog post on his website, following on from a discussion paper released by his office in December. “The evidence is clear that recent performance […]

ODT/NZPA: Climate row undermining confidence, PM’s scientist says

Peter Griffin posted in on June 10th, 2010.

In a speech given in Wellington last night, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor discussed how the current debate over climate change is undermining confidence in the science system. He also mentioned that much of the resistance to climate change had economic (as opposed to scientific) motives, and that the role […]

Peter Gluckman on Integrity in Science

Peter Griffin posted in on June 10th, 2010.

Last night, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, gave a speech about climate change and the debate which continues to swirl around it. In the speech, entitled Integrity in Science: Implications from and for the Climate Change Debate, he spoke at length about why he believes anthropogenic climate change is happening, […]

New Zealand gets a Chief Science advisor to the PM

Peter Griffin posted in on May 20th, 2009.

Professor Peter Gluckman, the founding director of the Liggins Institute and a world-leading medical researcher, was today named the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. Here’s the official announcement from Prime Minister John Key. An up-to-date biography of Professor Gluckman is published on the Liggins Institute website. You can read excerpts from Professor Gluckman’s acclaimed book […]

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