The Future for Scientists in New Zealand: NZAS conference 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? What does success in science look like, and how can we evaluate it? We'll discuss the answers to these questions, and more, with an emphasis on what early career researchers think of the funding system that will make - or break - their careers within the next 75 years.

Update: Programme available here

Where: Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington (Soundings Theatre)

When: 26 April 2016

Registration: Via eventbrite (early registration closes 31 March)

Confirmed invited speakers include: 

Discussion panelists

Updated 6 April 2016

The Association would like to acknowledge the support of the following sponsors:

GNS Science

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

The Riddet Institute

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keynote speakers

Has NZAS committed to gender equity for keynotes speakers at the conference? I'm hoping so, but not seeing it yet from your list of keynote speakers.

Hi Cilla, yes, this is very

Hi Cilla, yes, this is very important to us. We're also doing our best to get speakers from across New Zealand, and from a range of career stages. Sorry that the initial list was so imbalanced - I hope you'll agree that it is improving. Still some work to do!