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World Science Week underway in Auckland

John Kerr posted in on August 26th, 2014.

Auckland is abuzz with science as a number of high-level conferences kick off in the city. The events are taking place under the banner of World Science Week New Zealand, supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. In addition to a number of conferences, there is […]

Sir Peter Gluckman on science and policy

John Kerr posted in on August 25th, 2014.

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, […]

Fluoridation safe, effective – report

John Kerr posted in on August 22nd, 2014.

A comprehensive report on the safety and efficacy of community water fluoridation aims to put to rest concerns and misinformation over the public health intervention. The addition of fluoride to community drinking water to improve dental health has been taking place in New Zealand since 1954 and currently more than half the population receives fluoridated […]

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 […]

Using science in policy formation – Sir Peter Gluckman

John Kerr posted in on February 27th, 2013.

The Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ) invited the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Professor Sir Peter Gluckman to speak at Te Papa last week.  His lecture was entitled: “Communicating and using evidence in policy formation: the use and misuse of science”.  A copy of the speech is now available here. An excerpt: Despite […]

‘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 […]

Sir Peter Gluckman on science funding and peer review

Peter Griffin posted in on December 14th, 2012.

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman has today released a discussion paper Which science to fund: time to review peer review? The paper arrives as both New Zealand and Australia consider their priorities for public science funding and while it doesn’t focus on the subject, it deals with the “more complex […]

Profiling Sir Peter Gluckman – Fairfax

John Kerr posted in on December 3rd, 2012.

Writing for Fairfax NZ News, Anthony Hubbard profiles Prof Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. An excerpt (read in full here): Of a scientific persuasion The life of the Government’s top scientist is full of trouble. Take the problem of alcohol. Sir Peter Gluckman published a huge report on adolescence which included […]

NZ Herald: Michele Hewitson Interview – Sir Peter Gluckman

Peter Griffin posted in on September 13th, 2010.

Michele Hewitson, writing in the NZ Herald, interviews the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman. The Professor, known for his tetchiness, discusses his relationship with the media, beards, his background, role and achievements therein, and tall poppy syndrome. An excerpt: (read in full here) “A serious question: How did he measure his […]

ODT: Boosting Science

Peter Griffin posted in on July 7th, 2010.

An editorial in the Otago Daily Times examines the efforts being made around New Zealand to boost the image of, and engagement in, science around New Zealand. With the government having recognised the importance of science in the country’s future, it is encouraging to see initiatives such as the New Zealand International Science Festival, the […]

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