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The science of the freshwater estate – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on April 12th, 2017.

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman has released a report hoped to help understand the complexity of issues surrounding the condition and stewardship of freshwater. Sir Peter said his office had been working on the report for nearly a year, but following the Government’s ‘Clean Water’ consultation package, which includes new approaches […]

Lawmakers must keep up with the pace of changing technology – Michelle Dickinson

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on December 5th, 2016.

With technology advancing at breakneck speed, we risk foundering on ethical and legal decisions, writes Dr Michelle Dickinson – aka ‘Nanogirl’ – in the NZ Herald. An excerpt (read in full): As individuals I don’t think we have yet come to grips with what is ethical or high risk around new technology, let alone formed […]

The art of science advice – RNZ

John Kerr posted in on April 1st, 2016.

Radio New Zealand science journalist Veronika Meduna recently quizzed New Zealand’s chief science advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman, and Australia’s newly-appointed chief scientist, Alan Finkel, at a trans-Tasman celebration at the Australian High Commission. You can read more and listen to both speakers on the RNZ Our Changing World website. An excerpt: At a trans-Tasman celebration […]

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PM’s Chief science advisor on sugar, obesity and taxes

John Kerr posted in on July 30th, 2015.

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Prof Sir Peter Gluckman, spoke this morning on the Paul Henry Show discussing the issue of taxes on unhealthy food. You can watch the interview by clicking on the image below.

Media, disasters & the public – audio collection

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 17th, 2014.

Communicating vital information to the public during disasters is an essential, but sometimes daunting, responsibility for scientists and engineers. At the request of members of the natural hazards research community, the Science Media Centre hosted a workshop reflecting on challenges faced and lessons learned during recent major events, such as the Canterbury and Cook Strait quakes, the eruption of Mt […]

Get ready for World Science Week

John Kerr posted in on August 7th, 2014.

Clear your news diary for the last week of August, with an unprecedented number of high-level meetings taking place in Auckland that will attract visitors from all over the world. A number of events and public talks are taking place in Auckland this month under the banner of World Science Week New Zealand, supported by […]

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Gluckman on science advice to government

John Kerr posted in on March 13th, 2014.

In an article in this week’s issue of Nature, titled ‘The art of science advice to government‘, Sir Peter Gluckman, New Zealand’s chief science adviser, offers his ten principles for building trust, influence, engagement and independence. An excerpt: In 2009, I was appointed as the first science adviser to the Prime Minister of New Zealand. […]

Education at the core of science literacy – Gluckman

John Kerr posted in on November 28th, 2013.

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Prof Sir Peter Gluckman, has written about the role of science in society in a new blog posting. His comments follow the announcement of a unique joint education-science sector plan to lift engagement and achievement in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) across New Zealand. An excerpt (read in […]

Schools shouldn’t skimp on science – Editorial

John Kerr posted in on September 23rd, 2013.

The editorial in today’s Dominion Post focuses on the issue of science education in New Zealand secondary schools, following the news that a growing number of schools are considering making the subject optional for Year 11 students. An excerpt (read in full here): Science too important to be optional Not every New Zealand pupil studying […]

Chief Science Advisor’s climate report in the news

John Kerr posted in on August 2nd, 2013.

The latest report from the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, covering the climate outlook and its potential implications, has been reported on widely in national media. In the report, New Zealand’s changing climate and oceans: The impact of human activity and implications for the future, Prof Sir Peter Gluckman and his Science Advisory […]

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