Tagged: CRI

Is CRI science being twisted to commercial ends? - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jun 12, 2014

UPDATED: We all know that our Crown Research Institutes carry out a lot of commercial work for clients, in fact they are encouraged to do so in the interests of returning a dividend to the Crown which funds them. But are those commercial relationships influencing the scientific advice that scientists give? Back in April, Massey University freshwater scientist Dr Mike … Read More

AgResearch moving house – let's have the full picture - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Aug 01, 2013

Further details of AgResearch’s plans to move (large) parts of its operation to create ‘hubs’ were released yesterday. As I had suspected earlier this involves substantially reducing operations in some parts of the country. One hub will be created at Lincoln, which I introduced earlier; the Grasslands campus at Palmerston North is also to be expanded. Read More

Crown Research Institute merger calls - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 14, 2011

The Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) are a major employer of scientists in New Zealand. Currently there are eight CRIs. (There were nine: Crop and Food and HortResearch merged to form Plant and Food Research in 2008.) Reports in the media have suggested the government is considering investigating mergers of the Crown Research Institutes (CRIs). Some … Read More

Another R&D stimulation package leaves out the smaller players? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs May 12, 2010

Perhaps because they can’t whisper in the Prime Minister’s ear? I’m kidding. (It would be a worry if there were some truth in it.) More seriously, I would like to understand why. Don’t get me wrong. My initial impression is that it is a fine initiative for those it does serve. I’m … Read More

Career pathways for NZ science Ph.D. students - Code for life

Grant Jacobs May 11, 2010

On the bottom of page 43 of the newly-released Igniting Potential document (PDF file) outlining the National government R&D initiative is this interesting graphic: (Source: Igniting Potential, p43; MoRST.) What I find interesting are the ’sidetracks’ from ‘permanent research staff’, what this might imply, and the lack of paths from the non-research and non-academic sectors back … Read More