Message from the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor,
I believe that science has a central role in our future, and can help transform New Zealand to a stronger nation — socially, environmentally and economically. On the other hand, science and technology create challenges — scientific advances can create uncertainty for many people, and there is often also a credibility gap between the claims of science, at least as portrayed in the media, and its actuality. Scientific progress can come into conflict with the beliefs and cultures of our society. One of my most important tasks as Chief Science Advisor is to promote the public understanding of science by explaining, with a focus on young people, the scientific method and its opportunities and limitations. This website outlines my role and how my office operates, and provides links to our publications. We also feature science news from around the world, with an emphasis on explaining the implications of each advance for New Zealand. Additionally, my blog provides informal commentary on some of my activities and on emerging scientific issues.
Professor Sir Peter Gluckman
Update on the National Science Challenges
8 June 2013
The first round of workshops, which were primarily aimed at ensuring alignment across government agencies, have been completed and generally were high constructive. Next week a second round of preliminary workshops commence. Universities and CRIs have been asked to nominate people to attend these workshops. Their primary purpose is to help MBIE and the NSC panel identify the major scientific thrusts: the funds (which are all new money) allocated the NSCs are aimed at creating additionality and promoting a science led and collaborative approach to address some major issues and opportunities. They do not represent the whole science system or a statement of science priorities. … read more