Message from the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor,
Professor Sir Peter Gluckman
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.
Science advice to governments comes of age at Auckland conference
Responding to the increasingly global nature of societal challenges, practitioners of science advice to governments formed a global network to share practice and strengthen their ties, at the first global conference on science advice to governments, which was held in Auckland, New Zealand on 28-29 August.
Convened by the International Council for Science (ICSU) and hosted by New Zealand’s Chief Science Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman, this historic summit marked a turning point in the global awareness that robust and credible science has an important place in public policy making. The conference brought together some 200 participants including science advisors, senior officials, representatives of national academies, experts and scholars from more than 40 countries across Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the United States, Canada and Latin America.
Read the synthesis report from the conference here.