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

03 April 2014

Published under the title: "Free up systems for funding and advice"

As president of the New Zealand Association of Scientists, I endorse Peter Gluckman's principles for effective science advice to government (Nature 507, 163–165; 2014). As he remarks, however, science advisers may encounter a conflict of interest if they are involved in administering public research funding.

08 April 2014

A report on the 2014 NZAS Conference is available at the President's Blog.

12 March 2014

A press release on concerns about the exclusion of Māori voices from science funding processes in NZ.

12 March 2014

Registration is now open for the Science and Society themed NZAS Conference, taking place at the University of Auckland, 4-5 April.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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05 March 2014

Invasive social wasps (Vespula germanica and V. vulgaris) are probably the most damaging, widespread invertebrate pests in New Zealand. In large areas of beech forests they can attain a biomass as great as, or greater than, the combined biomasses of birds, rodents and stoats. Wasps are effective and voracious predators and pose a significant risk to human health.

The full article in NZ Science Review can be found here,