Members' Discussion

Posts and discussion by NZAS members. The NZAS aims to provide a forum for discussion on issues relevant to the New Zealand science. The views expressed in this forum are not necessarily the views of NZAS.

National Statement of Science Investment

Thoughts on the National Statement of Science Investment are available at the President's Blog - find out how you can contribute to the NZAS submission!

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

Correspondence in Nature: NZAS response to "The art of science advice to government"

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.

Generous science funding - for management

"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.

Presidents column: Callaghan Innovation

(A pdf of this column from New Zealand Science Review Vol 70 (2) 2013,p3 can be found here)

New Director for Bio-Protection Research Centre

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.

Where should governments invest their research funding?

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.

Briefs from NZAS council meeting, April 2013

At its April meeting the Council of the NZ Association of Scientists decided to provide web-based summaries of various of the actions and decisions made at council meetings.  Here is the first of these.

What should be the outcome from the NZAS 2013 conference?

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. 

NZAS conference talks and slides now available

Some speakers from our 2013 conference on the value of science have made their notes or slides available.  Thanks to Sir Peter GluckmanHelen Heath, Shaun Hendy, David McNamara and Les Oxley.