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BUDGET 2016: Science and research

John Kerr posted in on May 26th, 2016.

The Government has released this year’s Budget, with a number of funding increases in the science and innovation sector. This page will be updated with new announcements and expert reaction. The national budget announced today reveals a large increase in science and innovation funding as part of  an ‘Innovative New Zealand’ package. “Innovative New Zealand […]

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The high public cost of muzzling scientists – Shaun Hendy

John Kerr posted in on May 9th, 2016.

Ahead of the launch of his new book Silencing Science, Prof Shaun Hendy has written an opinion article for the Dominion Post. You can also see an interview with Prof Hendy on the Q + A show, and read an Q&A with the New Zealand Herald’s Jamie Morton.  An excerpt of the article (read in […]

Business R&D spend rises – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on April 7th, 2016.

New Zealand businesses increased their research and development spending by more than 15 per cent in the last year, according to Statistics New Zealand. The findings come from the latest Business Operations Survey undertaken by Statistics. According to the survey, business spending on R&D has grown from $1.25 billion in 2014 to $1.44 billion in 2015. […]

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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Why do governments support research? – Sir Peter Gluckman

John Kerr posted in on October 22nd, 2015.

Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, discuses the history and future of government research funding in latest blog post. An excerpt (read in full here): Why do governments support research? The evolving role of the State Recently, the New Zealand Government published the National Statement of Science Investment (NSSI). This statement heralds […]

National science strategy – In the News

John Kerr posted in on October 6th, 2015.

The National Statement of Science Investment, launched yesterday, has been widely covered by New Zealand media. The document lays out the Government’s science strategy for the next ten years, including plans to raise business investment in R&D, introduce annual reporting on the science sector and simplify the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s contestable funding […]

Science strategy launched – Expert Reaction

John Kerr posted in on October 5th, 2015.

The Government has laid out its strategy for science over the next decade in a new National Statement of Science Investment, launched this morning. The Statement sets out the governments long-term vision for the science system, and a strategic direction to guide future investment. “The NSSI provides a timely stocktake on the overall shape of […]

‘Opinion gap’ between science and public – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on January 30th, 2015.

Is GM food safe to eat? Are humans responsible for climate change? Should we use animals in research? The views of scientists on these contentious questions are often very different from the public’s, according to a wide-ranging US survey, and highlight need for better dialogue. The Pew Research Center, in collaboration with the American Association […]

Audio: Science advice in the context of opposing views

Dacia Herbulock posted in on September 2nd, 2014.

A panel discussion at the inaugural Science Advice to Governments conference in Auckland, 28-29 August, 2014. Science advice in the context of opposing political / ideological positions Speakers: Chair: Ian Boyd (Defra, UK) Hubert Deluyker (EFSA, EC) Roger Pielke (US) Gordon McBean (Canada) Chris Tyler (UK) Ian Chubb (Australia) Session description: One of the most difficult situations […]

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, […]

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