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National science strategy – In the News

John Kerr posted in on October 6th, 2015.

The National Statement of Science Investment, launched yesterday, has been widely covered by New Zealand media. The document lays out the Government’s science strategy for the next ten years, including plans to raise business investment in R&D, introduce annual reporting on the science sector and simplify the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s contestable funding […]

Science strategy launched – Expert Reaction

John Kerr posted in on October 5th, 2015.

The Government has laid out its strategy for science over the next decade in a new National Statement of Science Investment, launched this morning. The Statement sets out the governments long-term vision for the science system, and a strategic direction to guide future investment. “The NSSI provides a timely stocktake on the overall shape of […]

TedX takes on new science focus – The Press

Laura Goodall posted in on October 28th, 2014.

About a third of the speakers at the TEDx conference in Christchurch next week will be scientists talking about their work. Will Harvie at The Press explores what science communication is, and why experts in science, technology, engineering and maths should do it. An excerpt (read in full here): “Life as we know it could end in 10 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Peter Griffin at WCSJ, Qatar

John Kerr posted in on June 30th, 2011.

I’m at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Doha, Qatar where scientists, journalists and science press officers from around the world have been gathering to discuss the future of science journalism. I’ll be writing up posts over the next few days on the more interesting sessions I’ve been to (of those, there are many) […]

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Chris Trotter on Science and Policy

John Kerr posted in on June 10th, 2011.

Chris Trotter, a political commentator and columnist for the Dominion Post, questions the involvement of science in policy-making. In his column ‘From the Left’,  Trotter writes in response to  Sir Peter Gluckman’s report on adolescent health titled, ‘‘Improving the Transition: Reducing Social and Psychological Morbidity during Adolescence’. The report was launched last week as an […]

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