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

10 January 2018

At our joint Awards/AGM night, held on Wednesday 1 November, the New Zealand Association of Scientists announced its annual medal winners for 2017.

In addition, this year our Communicators Medal was renamed to honour the botanist Dr Lucy Cranwell, a remarkable communicator of science – in a time when this was essentially unheard of.

19 October 2017

The 76th Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Association of Scientists (5.00-5.45pm), and the presentation of our 2017 Awards (from 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start), will be held on Wednesday 1st November at ‘Caroline’, 1 Manners St, Wellington, or via Skype (email your Skype contact to fiona DOT mcdonald AT otago DOTacDOTnz).

Please RSVP via: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/nzas-agm-and-awards-2017-tickets-38698801156

10 August 2017

The NZAS & PSA Panel on Science: Government as funder of science and employer of scientists took place today in Wellington.  We thank all the MPs and candidates who participated.

The event featured 5 minute introductions from each speaker, followed by audience Q+A. A full video of the panel is available here


01 August 2017

The PSA and NZAS invite you to attend a pre-election discussion with MPs and candidates.


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