Tagged: R&D

Why we should give some serious thought to a Science and Innovation Council - Stick

Peter Kerr Jan 10, 2017

It’s that time of year when we fly  kites, give voice to possibilities. So, given we have a new Science and Innovation minister, namely Paul Goldsmith, how about exploring whether now is a good time to put seriously explore forming a Science and Innovation Council. New Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith should look at the advantages of forming a … Read More

Science in NZ: How are we doing? - News

John Kerr Nov 30, 2016

A ‘big picture’ report on the New Zealand science system shows Kiwis are pretty good at publishing top-notch research and collaborating with scientists overseas, but there is room for improvement on our business R&D spending.  The 2016 Science and Innovation System Performance Report was released yesterday by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The report aims to give policy-makers, academics and … Read More

Perhaps the TIN100 deserves an ex gratia payment? - Stick

Peter Kerr Oct 27, 2016

Perhaps Greg Shanahan and his TIN100 team and reports are deserving of an NZ Inc ex gratia payment – because arguably they’ve been most responsible for bringing hi tech out of the closet, making it cool(er)*. Of course we can never tell what would’ve happened without this report coming into being 12 years ago, but purely as an ‘aspirational … Read More

Reframing innovation in New Zealand Part 2 - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Aug 10, 2016

The assignment from Te Punaha Matatini – to think about how we might reframe innovation in the New Zealand context and to use the available data from Figure.NZ to do so – has given me pause to consider some often overlooked and what I believe are pivotal components to creating a brighter future – diversity (in this piece, focussing … Read More

Why we need a ‘space race’ approach to saving the planet - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 03, 2015

Christopher Grainger, UCL In the late 1960s a good chunk of the world’s brightest minds and fanciest labs were devoted to one thing: space exploration. When NASA’s funding peaked in 1966 the organisation employed 400,000 people and consumed more than 4% of the US federal budget. Three years later, after less than a decade of serious … Read More

Is promoting R&D New Zealand’s path to prosperity? - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Dec 02, 2015

The Productivity Hub yesterday hosted a symposium in Wellington with the title “Growing more innovative and productive Kiwi firms”. “Growing” things is usually something gardeners do – people doing stuff to things. So the title perhaps carried somewhat unfortunate connotations of successful firms being the products of government action. That probably wasn’t their intention, at least not wholly, but … Read More

Where should the science funding dollars be going? - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jul 24, 2014

A few weeks ago I headed up the hill to Victoria University to hear science and innovation minister Steven Joyce launch a document called the “Draft National Statement of Science Investment 2014 – 2024“. If you are a scientist in New Zealand, or involved in the science system, this should be very important to you. The document lays … Read More

Christchurch's chance to be innovation central - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jul 31, 2012

The blueprints for Christchurch are out and by and large, they represent an ambitious and progressive vision for the future of our second biggest city. Interestingly, they also account for innovation and health precincts that could make Christchurch, already a major centre of excellence for electronics and high value manufacturing and with significant medical research activities, a major hub for … Read More

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