What is the value of science? – NZAS 2013

How has the recent shift towards economic valuation of science and its outputs affected the day-to-day lives of working scientists and the direction of research in this country?

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In a time of rapid change, how can scientists adapt to and even benefit from changing priorities? What risks getting lost when policymakers shift their focus to commercial applications for science? How do we measure non-economic benefits?

Scientists and decision-makers met this week to grapple with tough questions about the value of science in New Zealand at the annual NZAS conference.

The forum provides an opportunity for leaders and high-profile scientists at different stages of their career to engage on significant issues, and provide a gauge of opinion from the wider scientific community.


Click on the player below to hear audio from a selection of the day’s sessions.

SMC’s highlights from live tweets from the event now available on Storify