The purpose of this blog is to provide a platform for commentary on science matters. The Office of the Prime Minister’s Science Advisory Committee is politically independent and will refrain from political debate.

Mapping the road ahead for conservation and environmental science

Peter Gluckman   Recently the first Conservation and Environment Science Roadmap was released ( This is the culmination of more than a year’s work by many people. The Roadmap originated in discussions with ministers where it became apparent that despite … Continue reading

Scientific advice in a troubled world

SCIENTIFIC ADVICE IN A TROUBLED WORLD[1]   Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand Chair, International Network for Government Science Advice University Distinguished Professor, University of Auckland   January 31 2017     Introduction … Continue reading

The new Science Policy Exchange: developing brokers at the interface of science and public policy

A few months ago, I announced the launch of a new initiative through my office. Inspired by a model that I’d observed in Montreal Canada, the Science Policy Exchange is an initiative that brings together early career scientists and policy … Continue reading

Thoughts from Nairobi: Science advice from international to national and back again

  I have just been in Nairobi at the inaugural Science Policy Forum that preceded the United Nations Environmental Assembly (the General Assembly of the UNEP) ( (see also #SCIPO2016). I delivered the opening address and then took part in … Continue reading

Sir Peter Gluckman Blog: Knowledge, values and worldviews: implications for science communication

I am prompted to write this essay having read a recent article published three weeks ago in Nature Climate Change by Shi et al ( Though I don’t often comment on a single study, I think this study may have … Continue reading

The evolving nature of science advice

The evolving nature of science advice  May 2 2016 Over the last few months I have been involved a number of discussions about the evolving nature of science advice.  Of particular note have been the sessions in which I participated … Continue reading

The conservation and environmental science roadmap

Last week I chaired the first meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group for the recently announced Conservation and Environment Science Roadmap ( This important exercise was approved by Ministers late last year and will extend through most of 2016. The … Continue reading

Why do governments support research?

Why do governments support research? The evolving role of the State Sir Peter Gluckman October 2015 Recently, the New Zealand Government published the National Statement of Science Investment (NSSI). This statement heralds a number of important changes particularly in the … Continue reading