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

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.

24 March 2016

The Programme for our 2016 conference is now available!

29 February 2016

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the New Zealand Association of Scientists, our annual conference will bring together some of New Zealand's best thinkers to discuss the future for scientists in New Zealand, and what we can learn from the past. What do scientific careers look like in 2016, how have they changed, and how should they change in order to keep pace with international trends? Are we doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past, or can we learn from what has - and has not - worked in the science system of the past?

12 November 2015

The NZ Association of Scientists will be presenting its annual awards on Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 5:30 pm, at the Royal Society of New Zealand - 11 Turnbull St Wellington.

The recipients of the Marsden Medal, Shorland Medal, and NZAS Research Medal will all make short presentations on their scientific achievements, and the NZAS Science Communication Medal winner will discuss their activities communicating science.