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Election 2014 – SMC science Q&A with political parties

John Kerr posted in on September 8th, 2014.

The Science Media Centre put questions on key science-related issues to the political parties ahead of the General Election scheduled to be held on September 20.  This page has now been updated to include responses from the Maori Party. Please click on the links below to find the answers from responding political parties (or download […]

Moving Beyond R&D – New Zealand Herald

John Kerr posted in on May 28th, 2014.

Research & development funding is not a magic bullet, say Associate Professor Suvi Nenonen and Professor Kaj Storbacka, from  the University of Auckland Business School’s Graduate School of Management, writing in the New Zealand Herald. An excerpt (read in full here): Research and development funding is not the economic elixir it used to be and […]

Callaghan Innovation on Nine to Noon – Radio NZ

John Kerr posted in on March 14th, 2013.

On Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon show, Mary Wilson probes the government’s fledgling scientific Crown Entity, Callaghan Innovation, seeking responses to a number of criticisms levelled at the organisation. interviewees include Sue Suckling, chair of the board of the Callaghan Innovation and Prof Michael Kelly from Cambridge University. You can listen to audio below.

Catalysing university research – Vincent Heeringa

John Kerr posted in on February 21st, 2013.

Tangible Media Publisher Vincent Heeringa describes an interesting German university-industry partnership for Idealog. An excerpt (read in full here): Catalysing university research The search for the perfect university-industry collaboration goes on. I’ve seen it operating brilliantly in Israel. Our own universities all sport incubators and tech transfer offices.  But one I visited in Aachen, Germany, […]

Are we supporting commercial research?

John Kerr posted in on June 24th, 2011.

When it comes to supporting R&D, the New Zealand government talks the talk, but are its initiatives working? Writing for Unlimited magazine, Matt Philp examines the government’s efforts to commercialise research. An excerpt (read in full here): Lifting our R&D game Are new government measures more effective? Necessity is supposed to be the mother of […]

NZ Herald: Anthony Doesburg – Broking a marriage of business and academia

Peter Griffin posted in on February 21st, 2011.

Anthony Doesburg writes about a recent Auckland event bringing universities and businesspeople together to showcase university R&D. Sir Ray Avery, a scientist and former New Zealander of the Year, also suggests that another way to bring New Zealand up the International Innovation Index rankings, is to start with a real world problem and then use […]

Innovation – will science be key to economic growth?

Dacia Herbulock posted in on June 28th, 2010.

ONLINE MEDIA BRIEFING: Tues 29 Jun 11 am (NZT) — Statistics New Zealand will release its latest biennial report on Innovation in New Zealand — which gives a snapshot of “business innovation and performance in New Zealand” — this Wednesday, 30 June. Innovation has become a hot topic in the science sector, reinforced by the […]

NZ Herald: Funds boost for hi-tech materials

Peter Griffin posted in on March 22nd, 2010.

Christopher Adams writes in the New Zealand Herald about the Materials Accelerator – a new programme designed to help commercialise New Zealand R&D. The programme is a made up of a partnership between 4 major universities and three CRIs, and focuses on helping manufacturers add value to their products by combining materials. An excerpt: (read […]

NZ Herald: R&D ‘not enough to make innovation pay’

Peter Griffin posted in on December 9th, 2009.

Brian Fallow of the New Zealand Herald reports on a paper from the New Zealand Institute which says that the solution to New Zealand’s poor levels of innovation isn’t simply to spend more money on research and development. The Institute says that investment into R&D will be largely wasted unless attention is paid to the […]

NZ Herald: Rick Boven – NZ poor at transforming science into business

Peter Griffin posted in on September 30th, 2009.

Rick Boven, director of the privately funded think-tank the New Zealand Institute, argues that New Zealand must improve its ability to generate, and commercialise, innovative research if it is to prosper in the future. New Zealand performs poorly compared with other advanced economies in terms of its ‘innovations drivers’, which according to the World Economic […]

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