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

23 June 2017

We hope everyone who attended the conference yesterday enjoyed the event. For those who were unable to be there, the conference was livestreamed on YouTube thanks to Council member Troy Baisden - the complete videos are below. Unfortunately some scheduled speakers couldn't make it due to fog and other delays, so some of the programme changed at the last minute.

Livestreams from NZAS Annual Conference 2017 - Beyond the Usual Suspects


19 May 2017

Applications/nominations for the NZAS Awards (Marsden, Shorland, Hill Tinsley, Science Communicator medals) are due Monday July 31. Details of how to apply are here.

19 May 2017

[UPDATED 05.06.17]

The final programme with full speaker list for the NZAS 2017 Conference is now available (attached). Get in fast to register as seats are limited!

Registrations are now open (link) on Eventbrite for the New Zealand Association of Scientists 2017 conference "Beyond the Usual Suspects - NZ Science at Large", to be held Wednesday 21 June 2017 9am to 7pm at the Royal Society of New Zealand, Wellington.

02 May 2017

The NZAS submission on the Ministry for the Environment's clean water proposals (submissions closed to the public on 28 April) is here.


02 May 2017

On April 22nd, Earth Day, New Zealanders were the first in the world to march in support of science. The March for Science occurred in over 600 cities around the world, as well as many other parts of the world, including in Antarctica and underwater in the Pacific Ocean.

NZAS Council members Nicola Gaston and Peter Buchanan were even supporting the march in Washington, D.C.