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

29 September 2016

The NZAS AGM has been scheduled for Wednesday October 26th, starting at 5:30pm.  It will be held at the Avalon campus of GNS (Geological and Nuclear Sciences), although a videoconference setup is planned for those who cannot physically be there.

At the AGM the President's report will be presented as well as reports on the state of the NZAS and its activities through the year.  Officers (President, Treasurer etc.) will also be elected for the next year.

More details will follow.

25 September 2016

The New Zealand Association of Scientists has announced its annual medal winners for 2016. New Zealand Association of Scientists Awards celebrate long-term fundamental science that has had significant value for New Zealand. See links to news coverage and interviews with the medal recipients at the bottom of the page.


10 August 2016

On-line first: New insights into ancestry and health of Polynesians and New Zealand Māori

by Geoffrey K. Chambers, Hisham A. Edinur, and Paul P.J. Dunn

26 July 2016

The NZAS has co-signed the ORCID Joint Statement of Principle with MBIE and a number of other NZ-based organisations with a stake in accurately linking to research publications (see attached). We encourage NZ researchers interested in this project to send us any feedback or comments on this statement.


ORCID Joint Statement of Principle

26 July 2016

The government has called for feedback on the proposed Conservation and Environment Science Roadmap to support government decisions over the next 20 years in conservation and environmental policy.  Submissions close at 5pm on Wednesday 7 September 2016.

Hui and meetings to discuss the Roadmap are scheduled around the country from August 8th.