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Preparing to March for Science – In the News

Tessa Evans posted in on April 20th, 2017.

Around the world, people who value science are preparing to participate in the #marchforscience on Earth Day, April 22nd, with 517 marches planned worldwide. The aim of the New Zealand branch of the March for Science is to have knowledge “reaffirmed as fundamental to the democratic decision making that supports society in Aotearoa New Zealand”. […]

Crazy science – but is it crazy enough? – Craig Stevens

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 16th, 2016.

Crazy science is just what the doctor ordered, writes NZ Association of Scientists president Dr Craig Stevens about the Marsden Fund. An excerpt (read in full): The Marsden Fund is precious taxpayers’ money awarded to some of the nation’s cleverest minds, for ideas that have the potential to be simply brilliant. Sometimes the ideas help […]

Science shines at awards

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 9th, 2016.

Four scientists were honoured on Thursday at an awards ceremony that also recognised one of New Zealand’s historic science stars.  The New Zealand Association of Scientists held its awards ceremony in Wellington on Thursday night, recognising long-term fundamental science with significant value for New Zealand. The awards this year included the Beatrice Hill Tinsley Medal, […]

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What is the value of science? – NZAS 2013

Dacia Herbulock posted in on April 5th, 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?   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 […]

Dr Melanie Massaro – “We have too many PhD students”

Peter Griffin posted in on April 20th, 2012.

Dr Melanie Massaro, a researcher at the University of Canterbury, spoke at this week’s New Zealand Association of Scientists conference about her concern for the future of emerging researchers in New Zealand. Dr Massaro said the science system was producing too many PhD graduates for the positions available to them and that a lack of […]

PODCAST: Re-setting science and innovation for the next 20 years – NZAS conference

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 21st, 2010.

Airing a range of ideas on how to move the New Zealand science system forwards, prominent speakers gathered today in Wellington for the 2010 conference of New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS). ‘Re-setting science and innovation for the next 20 years’ was the theme of the one-day event, co-hosted with the Institute of Policy Studies, […]

PODCAST: Ian Shaw, Peter Gluckman at the NZAS science awards

Peter Griffin posted in on November 13th, 2009.

The New Zealand Association of Scientists Awards for 2009 were presented last night by the Minister for Research, Science and Technology, the Hon. Dr Wayne Mapp,  at a ceremony at Turnbull House, Wellington. Minister Mapp addressed the audience and discussed priorities for research, science and technology in New Zealand, including the review being undertaken of […]

Kate McGrath: Let’s get science moving progressively

Peter Griffin posted in on July 22nd, 2009.

New Zealand Association of Scientists President Kathryn McGrath on Dr Peter Gluckman’s maiden speech in his new capacity as Chief Science Advisor. Science should be a great career choice and scientists have much to contribute to New Zealand’s future prosperity – pity about the low morale, resulting from past promotion of aggressive competition between research […]

Science body speaks out on Salinger sacking

Peter Griffin posted in on May 1st, 2009.

A release issued today by the New Zealand Association of Scientists. NZ Association of Scientists concerned about freedom of speech The business model underlying Government’s science institutions, the Crown Research Institutes or CRIs, is again under scrutiny following the dismissal of Jim Salinger, one of NIWA’s principal scientists and a leading spokesperson for weather and […]

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