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Science communication critical – Steven Joyce

John Kerr posted in on February 22nd, 2013.

“Be clear and direct” was the core advice from Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Science and Innovation, to the delegates at the joint PCST / Science Communicators Association of New Zealand conference in Christchurch. Mr Joyce gave the minister’s address at the conference yesterday, reflecting on the importance of science communication. You can listen to […]

Communicating earthquake science – Mark Quigley

John Kerr posted in on February 22nd, 2013.

Scientists must engage with the public and the media on disaster issues, warns one of New Zealand’s most public-facing earthquake scientists, otherwise misinformation will fill the gap.  Dr Mark  Quigley, Senior Lecturer in Active Tectonics and Geomorphology, University of Canterbury spoke this week at the joint PCST / Science Communicators Association of New Zealand conference […]

Why science communication is vital

Peter Griffin posted in on February 21st, 2011.

At this morning’s SCANZ conference in Auckland, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, gave a speech about the ever-increasing importance (and difficulty) of the interaction between scientists, media, policy makers, politicians and the public. The full transcript is available below. Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you. I want to […]

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Newsletter digest: biowaste, COP15 and SCANZ

Peter Griffin posted in on October 9th, 2009.

Biowaste: Save our soils? It is easy to forget that New Zealand’s wealth is underpinned by the top 15 centimetres of soil coating our productive land. Our agriculture relies on fertile soil, but each year 200 – 300 million tonnes of topsoil is washed out to sea – a rate up to ten times faster […]

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