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Introducing the SMC’s new director – Dacia Herbulock

Peter Griffin posted in on February 23rd, 2018.

As the Science Media Centre gears up to mark a decade of working at the heart of science and media, it also looks to the future with new leadership. Dacia Herbulock will take over as the new director of the Centre on March 26. A former documentary maker and radio journalist for RNZ, Dacia is […]

Science Journalism Fund – round 2 applications now open

Peter Griffin posted in on December 21st, 2017.

Applications are now open in the second round of funding of the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund. Grants ranging in value from $500 to $5,000 are available to journalists employed at New Zealand media outlets as well as freelance journalists, with preference given to projects that would otherwise be unlikely to attract resourcing in newsrooms. […]

Inaugural CRI science awards

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 10th, 2017.

Science New Zealand, the body that represents the country’s seven Crown Research Institutes (CRIs), hosted its inaugural national awards at Parliament last night. It’s been a week of celebration for the research institutes, which have been celebrating 25 years since the inception of the CRIs. Its conference on Thursday included addresses by new Minister for […]

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BUDGET 2017: Science and research

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on May 25th, 2017.

The Government has released this year’s Budget, with $250 million earmarked for science and innovation initiatives. This page will be updated with any new announcements and expert reaction. Finance Minister Steven Joyce delivered his first budget today: the National-led Government’s ninth budget. The Science and Innovation sector will receive $255.6 million of investments over the […]

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Science and Technology journalism shines at Canon Media Awards

Peter Griffin posted in on May 22nd, 2017.

Friday night’s Canon Media Awards could have been a glum affair, preoccupied with recriminations over the failed media mega merger that would have affected so many in the room. The audience response to hilarious emcee James McOnie’s digs at the media, showed that journalists are still able to laugh at themselves. The Canons did exactly what […]

Rethink of hazards after Kaikoura earthquake – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 24th, 2017.

Last November’s Kaikoura earthquake will likely change the way scientists think about earthquake hazards in plate boundary zones, according to the first study to come out of the data collected during and immediately after the earthquake. The study, led by GNS Science researchers, will be published on Friday in Science. A range of data – […]

Why scientists need to go to the barricades against Trump – and for the humanities – Nicola Gaston

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 31st, 2017.

University of Auckland’s Associate Professor Nicola Gaston writes on The Spinoff about why scientists need to stand against anti-science agendas and for the humanities. An excerpt (read in full): Very few of the Trump regime’s attacks on science have not been previously signalled – I spoke about one example, the proposal to prevent scientists from […]

Can Bill English pick up the pace on scientific investment? – Jeff Tallon

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 19th, 2017.

Science was ignited as the fuel of economic growth, but the fame has gone out, writes Professor Jeff Tallon, physicist with The MacDiarmid Institute, in the NZ Herald. An excerpt (read in full): And it is inescapable, the Government needs to invest here much more heavily. We need to fund strategies, not projects. Where is […]

Journalism Fellow lands Queenstown TV job

Peter Griffin posted in on January 10th, 2017.

Our 2016 Science Journalism Fellow, Meena Amso, has landed on her feet following journalism school picking up a reporting role with Channel 39 TV station based in Queenstown. Amso was the Science Media Centre’s 2016 Fellow, which saw the Centre offer financial support to assist her in undertaking a post graduate diploma in journalism at the […]

Farewelling a seasoned science journo

Peter Griffin posted in on December 9th, 2016.

Reporter Paul Gorman departs The Press after 14 years, including a stint spent getting to grips with earthquake science. Paul takes up a position as senior communications advisor at the University of Otago at the end of January, moving south to Dunedin to immerse himself in research – and assist scientists communicate it. Over the […]

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