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Strategic plan to foster curious minds

John Kerr posted in on July 29th, 2014.

A new report from the government lays out a plan to encourage and enable a more science-literate and aware society. A Nation of Curious Minds: He Whenua Hirihi I te Mahara – is the blueprint for the Science in Society Project which came out of the National Science Challenges. The project called on the government […]

National Science Challenges critically examined

John Kerr posted in on July 28th, 2014.

This morning on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report, Environment Reporter Olivia Allison discussed criticisms against the National Science Challenges as revealed in emails to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, released under the Official Information Act. You can listen back to the audio here: You can also listen to Minister of Science and Innovation […]

National Statement of Science Investment

John Kerr posted in on May 28th, 2014.

How much money should New Zealand spend on science and who should get it? The Government has tackled this question in a new document, the draft National Statement on Science Investment, which was launched today. The draft Statement describes the goal of the Government’s science investment to support a system that meets New Zealand’s economic, […]

Editorial: National Science Challenges – NZ Herald

John Kerr posted in on May 22nd, 2013.

The editorial in today’s New Zealand Herald takes a look at the government’s new National Science Challenges. An excerpt (read in full here): Editorial: Crown’s aims for science give focus for research Science has been a black hole for taxpayers’ money. Governments of all stripes agree that science is something they should fund without knowing […]

National Science Challenges hit the headlines

John Kerr posted in on May 2nd, 2013.

The Government’s announcement of the National Science Challenges, including an extra $73.5 million funding boost to the initiative, has been widely reported in national media. According to the government, Challenges provide an opportunity to align and focus New Zealand’s research on large and complex issues by drawing scientists together from different institutions and across disciplines […]

Govt to consult public on National Science Challenges

Peter Griffin posted in on October 9th, 2012.

The Government has announced it will kick off a publicity campaign to seek ideas on how to tackle the country’s biggest science-related challenges as part of a $60 million research programme. Here’s the official announcement from Science and Innovation Minister, Steven Joyce. Media coverage: Stuff: Science funding up for grabs 3News: Govt launches science ‘challenges’ […]

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