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How Academia and Publishing are Destroying Scientific Innovation: A Conversation with Nobel Laureate Sydney Brenner
Elizabeth Dzeng, MD, MPH, MS, MPhil, PhD Candidate University of Cambridge
24 February 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.
"Public sector science boss gets two payouts" This is the headline on a Radio New Zealand Checkpoint interview from Friday 20 September. It describes how Murray Bain, former head of FRST and then head of MSI, received large amounts of money for his efforts over 19 months.
The South Island’s only national Centre for Research Excellence – located at Lincoln University – has today announced the appointment of Professor Travis Glare to the position of Director.
Some people believe that if governments invest specifically in research designed to produce immediately useful outcomes, it could ensure an even higher return on government investment. However, as a recent policy note from Australia’s research intensive universities , the Group of Eight, discusses, there are many problems with this approach, not least being that research directed at particular outcomes can fail while curiosity-led research can lead to many and varied applications which are as far reaching in their implications as they are unexpected.
The topic of the recent NZAS conference was "What is the value of science in NZ?''. This broad topic was addressed by politicians, public servants, established, entrepreneurial, young and social scientists, an economist and a poet.