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.

Monthly Archives: December 2011

A rewarding morning

Today the Prime Minister presented the annual science prizes which, while in the name of the Prime Minister, are selected independently by committees appointed by the Royal Society of New Zealand. As before, it was an exciting reminder of the … Continue reading

Human behaviours

Science is a human activity, and as with any other human activity there is both good science and bad science. There are also good scientists and bad scientists. The need for high integrity in the science system is obvious in … Continue reading

Auckland Conversations

Last night I spoke about science based innovation to a large group of civic, business and academic leaders hosted by the Auckland mayor, Len Brown, on the subject of what Auckland needed to do to if it wished to become … Continue reading