Tagged: Funding

The story of the MacDiarmid Institute - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Jul 23, 2010

In my job as deputy director of the MacDiarmid Institute, I regularly get to recount the story behind our Institute to all sorts of visitors.  Last week I hosted a group of US scientists on Wednesday and a small Iranian science and technology delegation on Thursday.  On Thursday this week I had the opportunity to introduce some of the … Read More

The new Rutherford Discovery Fellowships - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy May 28, 2010

In its budget releases earlier this month, the Government provided more details about the new Rutherford Discovery Fellowships.  In particular, the funding for these Fellowships has been obtained by axing NZ S&T Post-Doctoral Fellowships, a scheme that brought myself and a number of my colleagues at the MacDiarmid Institute back to New Zealand early in our careers. As … Read More

NZ S&T post-doctoral fellowships: A key part of New Zealand’s talent pipeline - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Apr 12, 2010

One of the most important steps in a scientist’s career is their first post-doctoral fellowship. Science becomes something to be practised rather than studied, you get a salary not a scholarship, and you start paying taxes rather than tuition fees.  At the end of the fellowship, a fellow will have established their own research direction, and will be capable of … Read More

Thoughts on Hunter’s statement on Science, Climate Change and Integrity - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Apr 09, 2010

Professor Keith A Hunter has published a statment on ‘Science, Climate Change and Integrity‘ in the Royal Society of New Zealand website. His position with respect to the controversies surrounding climate change issues are made clear, as is his call for a re-examination of attitudes on both sides of the argument. The controversies surrounding the [...] … Read More

Follow the climate money? Well, they did… - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 13, 2010

This is a cross-post from Peter Griffin’s blog Griffin’s Gadgets over at Sciblogs. Peter (head of the NZ Science Media Centre), had the chance to explore some of the background to the intense lobbying being carried out on climate action (or inaction) when he met Bill Buzenberg, executive director of the Washington-based Centre for [...] … Read More

[Open] Science Sunday — 6.12.09 - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Dec 06, 2009

These are some of the fun (and more serious) stuff I found around the magic world of the internet and Open Access. I give my favourite tweet this week to @MsBehaviour (again) for pointing her tweeps to the Manchester Manifesto. Her tweet links to a great post on the University of Manchester that summarises the issues [...] … Read More

The road to science funding (is full of speed bumps) - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Dec 01, 2009

At any given point in time there is a boundary between that which is known and that which is unknown and, precisely, the role of science is to grab pieces of that ignorance, study it, transform it into knowledge and, in doing so, broaden the human landscape.” Marcelino Cereijido [1] New Zealand science is facing a [...] … Read More