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.

Science, policy and society: an ongoing conversation

Sir Peter Gluckman   I am about to complete my third and final three-year term as science advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, having served three prime ministers across two administrations.  While it is tempting to be reflective, … Continue reading

On marching for science

PD Gluckman   On April 22, 2017 scientists in many countries, including New Zealand, will ‘march for science’. This unprecedented initiative has been received with some considerable ambivalence. It has been prompted and promoted in the USA as an understandable … Continue reading

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