November 2020 President's Update

16 Nov 2020 13:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Tēnā koutou katoa

I'll keep this update short because it has two main purposes, both of which also include updates from me as President of NZAS.

The first is to announce that the electronic version of the latest NZSR is now available to paid-up members (and contains a President's column). Members who have elected to receive the print copy should now have theirs - feel free to contact us if it is missing.

If you click on the latest issue, you may find that your membership needs renewal via what should be an easy online payment process. Just to note, the previous year's Mātuaranga and Science special issues were sponsored to allow open access. We've now resumed access only to paying members and libraries. Just click the log in link and if you need to access or pay your membership information, click on your name at the top to access your membership profile. It's usually a quick fix if if you are unable to pay – please get in touch.

The second big announcement is a reminder that the AGM is tomorrow – 5:30 pm 17 November 2020 via zoom.

The details of the AGM, including links to the financial reports and minutes from the previous AGM can be found on our website. The zoom details are as provided by email to members – contact us if you need them. Please support NZAS by attending – we'll keep it short and effective. Anyone interested in informal discussion is welcome to stay on at the end.

And what is there to discuss? Well here's just some of what NZAS has been up to since the last President's Update:

  • Hosting a pre-election science panel with the PSA and VUW.
  • Issuing a brief statement and working behind the scenes I hear is progress on the 'post-doc issue' and ECR career issues.
  • Support Councillor Georgia Carson to create an independent national ECR group.
  • Responding Massey's process aiming to cut one-third of science with a press release, good repeated media coverage, engagement with Massey members, a submission, and coordinating an open letter from 7 Societies calling for a Ministers to install a review process as an alternative to direct operational intervention.

Nāku, nā

Troy Baisden

NZAS President

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