Announcement of National Science Challenges

Announcement of National Science Challenges

1 May 2013

The Government today announced the National Science Challenges identified through the Great NZ Science Project, which engaged the science sector and the public to nominate the most important scientific issues facing New Zealand. The ideas from the Project were assessed by an expert panel chaired by Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. The report of the panel can be found here.

The Government also announced additional funding for the Challenges, taking the total investment to $133.5 million over four years.

The ten research areas identified as the first National Science Challenges are:

  • Aging well – harnessing science to sustain health and wellbeing into the later years of life
  • A better start – improving the potential of young New Zealanders to have a healthy and successful life
  • Healthier lives – research to reduce the burden of major New Zealand health problems
  • High value nutrition – developing high value foods with validated health benefits
  • New Zealand’s biological heritage – protecting and managing our biodiversity, improving our biosecurity, and enhancing our resilience to harmful organisms
  • Our land and water – research to enhance primary sector production and productivity while maintaining and improving our land and water quality for future generations
  • Life in a changing ocean – understanding how we can exploit our marine resources within environmental and biological constraints
  • The deep south – understanding the role of the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean in determining our climate and our future environment
  • Science for technological innovation – enhancing the capacity of New Zealand to use physical and engineering sciences for economic growth
  • Resilience to nature’s challenges – research into enhancing our resilience to natural disasters


Related document:
National Science Challenges report (513 kb)


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