The New Zealand Association of Scientists is a genuinely independent association of scientists who work and lobby to:

  • promote science in New Zealand,
  • increase public awareness of science and expose pseudo-science,
  • debate and influence government science policy,
  • improve working conditions for scientists, including gender and ethnic equality,
  • promote free exchange of knowledge and international co-operation,
  • and encourage excellence in science.

The Association membership includes physical, natural, mathematical and social scientists and welcomes members with an interest in science education, policy, communication and the social impact of science and technology.

News & Recent Posts

26 May 2016

"Continued Change amongst the Positive News for Science" - the NZAS Press Release about science funding announcements in the 2016 Budget can be found here.

The government's fact sheet summarising science and innovation funding changes in the 2016 Budget is here.

18 May 2016

Several announcements have been made about science funding and science strategy from the government, ahead of the budget which will be on 26 May 2016.  Press releases and reaction from the media, scientists and science commentators will be collected here.

$97m extra funding for Health Research Council

08 May 2016

The Association has put out a press release to detail its concerns with current threats to science programming on Radio NZ, in particular changes affecting Our Changing World.

A letter sent previously to the Radio NZ CEO Paul Thompson is also available.

22 April 2016

RNZ Nine To Noon audio interview with NZAS President Dr Craig Stevens, 9:20am Friday 22 April 2016


18 April 2016

The NZAS press release about the 2016 Conference can be found here.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the New Zealand Association of Scientists, we are bringing together some of New Zealand's most original thinkers at Te Papa on April 26th to discuss the future for scientists in New Zealand.