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Naked Science: Why scientists need to communicate

Peter Griffin posted in on February 20th, 2014.

At a conference in Hamilton this week I heard the most articulate argument yet as to why scientists should actively communicate their science via the media and directly to the public. One of the keynote speakers at the International Symposium on Transforming Public Engagement on Science & Technology was Professor Shaun Hendy, the University of […]

Book urges NZ to ‘Get off the Grass’

John Kerr posted in on August 16th, 2013.

Last night in Wellington Prof Shaun Hendy launched his new book Get Off the Grass, co-authored with the late Sir Paul Callaghan. The book argues that the key to economic growth in New Zealand is developing innovative, high tech niche markets rather than relying on our primary industries. An excerpt (via New Zealand Herald): Prosperity […]

Prof Shaun Hendy on cities and innovation

John Kerr posted in on July 24th, 2013.

Prof Shaun Hendy (Victoria University of Wellington and Callaghan Innovation) looks at the relationship between city size and smarts in an article for Unlimited. An excerpt (read in full here): Sex, (ideas) and the city Where are you most likely to have a good idea? On the train to work in the morning, or during […]

Prime Minister’s Science Prizes

John Kerr posted in on November 29th, 2012.

The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes, which combine recognition and prize money of $1 million, have been presented in Wellington today. The PM’s Science Prize recognises a transformative science discovery or achievement which has led to an economic, health, social and/or environmental impact on New Zealand, or internationally. This year the prize, worth $500,000, has been […]

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Transit of Venus forum tackles big issues

John Kerr posted in on June 7th, 2012.

The Dominion Post‘s  Hawke’s bay reporter, Marty Sharp (winner of the the 2012 Cannon Media Award for the Reporter – Science and Environment  category) is in Gisborne covering the Transit of Venus Forum – Lifting Our Horizons. An excerpt (read in full here): Environmental problems ‘now business problems’ Environmental problems are now also business problems, […]

Scientists: lack of funding pushing young scientists overseas

John Kerr posted in on September 8th, 2011.

An open letter signed by 560 researchers is calling on the government to provide better funding to keep young scientists in New Zealand. In the letter, addressed to Wayne Mapp, Minister of Science and Innovation, the authors express concern over the lack of research money available to young scientists beginning their careers. They pointed out […]

The Press: A big discussion about small things

Peter Griffin posted in on February 9th, 2011.

Radio presenter Kim Hill will be hosting a panel discussion, to be held in Canterbury, in which nanotechnology experts will discuss what it is, what its benefits and downsides are, and whether New Zealand is set to be a net winner or loser. The experts on the panel are: Hans van der Voorn, Georgia Miller, […]

NZ Herald: Picking winners in science

Peter Griffin posted in on August 23rd, 2010.

Shaun Hendy writes in an opinion piece in the New Zealand Herald about the strategy of ‘picking winners’ in science funding, and how continued science funding shows diminishing returns in knowledge gain over time. He proposes that this can be offset by investment in infrastructure and research networks. An excerpt: (read in full here) “This […]

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NZ Herald/NZPA: NZ told to think like big city

Peter Griffin posted in on June 30th, 2010.

If New Zealand is to boost its innovation levels, it needs to act like one large city, according to an expert in a panel discussion on innovation. Data has shown that high patenting rates are achieved in big cities. An excerpt: (read in full here) “”We need to look at putting together multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional collaborative […]

Radio NZ: Shaun Hendy on the Higgs boson

Peter Griffin posted in on January 26th, 2010.

Dr Shaun Hendy, of VUW, IRL and the MacDiarmid Institute, talks with Bryan Crump about the Large Hadron Collider and its primary function: seeing if it can create, and capture data for, the elusive Higgs boson. Otherwise known as the ‘God particle’ the Higgs boson is a theoretical particle which confers mass.  Scientists are hoping […]

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