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

John Kerr posted in on July 30th, 2015.

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.

Media, disasters & the public – audio collection

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 17th, 2014.

Communicating vital information to the public during disasters is an essential, but sometimes daunting, responsibility for scientists and engineers. At the request of members of the natural hazards research community, the Science Media Centre hosted a workshop reflecting on challenges faced and lessons learned during recent major events, such as the Canterbury and Cook Strait quakes, the eruption of Mt […]

Get ready for World Science Week

John Kerr posted in on August 7th, 2014.

Clear your news diary for the last week of August, with an unprecedented number of high-level meetings taking place in Auckland that will attract visitors from all over the world. A number of events and public talks are taking place in Auckland this month under the banner of World Science Week New Zealand, supported by […]

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Gluckman on science advice to government

John Kerr posted in on March 13th, 2014.

In an article in this week’s issue of Nature, titled ‘The art of science advice to government‘, Sir Peter Gluckman, New Zealand’s chief science adviser, offers his ten principles for building trust, influence, engagement and independence. An excerpt: In 2009, I was appointed as the first science adviser to the Prime Minister of New Zealand. […]

Education at the core of science literacy – Gluckman

John Kerr posted in on November 28th, 2013.

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Prof Sir Peter Gluckman, has written about the role of science in society in a new blog posting. His comments follow the announcement of a unique joint education-science sector plan to lift engagement and achievement in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) across New Zealand. An excerpt (read in […]

Schools shouldn’t skimp on science – Editorial

John Kerr posted in on September 23rd, 2013.

The editorial in today’s Dominion Post focuses on the issue of science education in New Zealand secondary schools, following the news that a growing number of schools are considering making the subject optional for Year 11 students. An excerpt (read in full here): Science too important to be optional Not every New Zealand pupil studying […]

Chief Science Advisor’s climate report in the news

John Kerr posted in on August 2nd, 2013.

The latest report from the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, covering the climate outlook and its potential implications, has been reported on widely in national media. In the report, New Zealand’s changing climate and oceans: The impact of human activity and implications for the future, Prof Sir Peter Gluckman and his Science Advisory […]

PM’s Science Advisor wades into water fluoridation

John Kerr posted in on June 13th, 2013.

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, has added his voice to the discussion on the topical issue of water fluoridation and science. He has written a blog post exploring the science of fluoridation and how it can be used – and misused – in the current debate. An excerpt (read in […]

National Science Challenges hit the headlines

John Kerr posted in on May 2nd, 2013.

The Government’s announcement of the National Science Challenges, including an extra $73.5 million funding boost to the initiative, has been widely reported in national media. According to the government, Challenges provide an opportunity to align and focus New Zealand’s research on large and complex issues by drawing scientists together from different institutions and across disciplines […]

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