2012 NZAS conference: Do Emerging Scientists have a Future in New Zealand? Register by Thursday 5 April

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The large number of people already registered for the upcoming NZAS conference highlights the importance of this issue to the NZ science community. The registration deadline is looming - please register by Thursday April 5 if you have not already done so.

The programme of the 2012  NZAS conference "Do Emerging Scientists have a Future in New Zealand?" has been finalized. Confirmed speakers include the Hon. Steven Joyce (Minister of Science + Innovation), David Shearer (Labour spokesperson for Science + Innovation), Phil O’Reilly (Chief Executive, Business NZ), as well as emerging scientists  Dr. Melanie Massaro (Post-doc, University of Canterbury), Cosmin Laslau (PhD student, University of Auckland), and Laura Green (PhD student, Victoria University of Wellington).

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The conference will be held at Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus, Victoria University of Wellington. Monday 16 April 2012.

Conference opening: 9.00 am, closing: 5.30 pm (followed by drinks and nibbles)


Prof. Shaun Hendy

Session one: The State of the Nation; Government, Universities and CRIs
Hon. Steven Joyce, Minister for Economic Development, Minister of Science + Innovation, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Associate Minister of Finance

David Shearer, Leader of the Labour Party, Spokesperson for Science + Innovation

● The Whole World in Your Hands—Are you Prepared to Make New Zealand a Place for Your Talents?. Prof. Richard Blaikie, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), University of Otago

● A 30 year perspective on career opportunities for emerging scientists in the current CRI environment. Dr. Kelvin Berryman, Manager, Natural Hazards Research Platform, GNS

Session two: Policy, Statistics and Fellowships
● Post-study outcomes of PhD graduates in the Natural and Physical Sciences – what
do the statistics show? Dr. Warren Smart, Ministry of Education

● Trapped in the postdoctoral void. Dr. Melanie Massaro, University of Canterbury

● The role of emerging scientists in New Zealand. Dr. Prue Williams, Ministry of Science and Innovation

● The Royal Society of New Zealand and the Rutherford Discovery Fellowships. Dr. Mark Stagg, Royal Society of New Zealand

Session three: The Emerging Scientists and their Research Mentors

● Training and Retaining Emerging Scientist Talent - the Importance of Networks, Mentoring and Stakeholder Involvement. Cosmin Laslau, PhD student, University of Auckland

● A university-based perspective on early career pathways in science. Dr Rob McKay, Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington

● Taking the non-traditional route: leaving academia. Dr Andrew Preston, Publons

● Cutting the strings of academic convention: scientific research in geographically challenged locations. Laura Green, PhD student, Victoria University of Wellington

● The optimism of youth: insights from an emerging social scientist. Dr. Wendy Saunders, GNS Science

● Stratus: a voice, guide and ambassador for emerging scientists. Dr. Debbie Hay, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland

● Don’t worry, they always need scientists! Dr. Richard Furneaux, IRL

Session four: The Industry Perspective
● Science and business converging. Phil O’Reilly, Chief Executive, Business NZ

● Chaos Theory, Getting Out of Bed and the Emerging Scientist. Hans van der Vorn, Managing Director, Izon Science

● Why PhD graduates are vital to the future growth of our industry, Dr Peter Surman, Manager, Research and Development, Douglas Pharmaceuticals

Session five: Panel Discussion

Drinks & nibbles

A PDF copy of the programme and speaker profiles are attached.