Tagged: National Science Challenges

Beyond the moon(shot) - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jul 17, 2019

  There is a lot now being talked and written about the success of Apollo 11, and the Apollo space programme, half a century ago. The BBC podcast 13 minutes to the moon is fantastic. It tells well the story leading up to and during the 13 minutes that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to … Read More

How much should NZ spend on science and what kind of science? YOUR input needed! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jun 03, 2014

Last week saw Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce release the National Statement on Scientific Investment, a lengthy document outlining how funding should be spent on science in NZ over the next decade. You can download the draft statement from here. The government have asked for feedback and we have until the 22nd August … Read More

Government announces new Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 08, 2014

The NZ government today announced the country’s next Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs), who between them will receive just under $35 million per year for 6 years starting in January 2015. They are: The Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, hosted by University of Auckland MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, hosted … Read More

Life as we know it could end in ten years if we don’t start taking drastic action - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 01, 2014

Life as we know it could end in ten years if we don’t start taking drastic action. This is the message to come out of a new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), their first look at antibiotic resistance around the world. The report finds that antibiotic resistant superbugs are present in every region of the world … Read More

What the HRC should have done - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Sep 18, 2013

The system is broke.  It is no better than a lottery.  The Health Research Council tacitly acknowledged this last year when they introduced a lottery to their grant funding round.  The lottery was for three grants of $150,000 each.  These “Explorer Grants” are available again this year.  The process went thus: HRC announced the grant … Continue reading → … Read More

What’s the collective noun for a group of scientists?! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 22, 2013

Next week over 1000 scientists are descending on Queenstown, New Zealand, for the annual Queenstown Research Week and Queenstown Molecular Biology (QMB) Meetings. This year there are 12 meetings on topics ranging from enzyme engineering and epigenetics to neuroscience and personalised medicine. This year, Dr Deborah Williamson, Prof Greg Cook and I have organised … Read More

Totally Underwhelming - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jul 25, 2013

What do you get when you cross dozens of New Zealand’s best scientists with a myriad of Ministry officials?  The answer is the underwhelming reports from the 10 June workshops of the National Science Challenges. If every there was need for proof that science by committee does not work, here it is.  Each report consists … Continue reading » … Read More

NZ Scientists already well engaged in the National Science Challenges - Kidney Punch

John Pickering May 02, 2013

Sorry to post twice in a day, but this is worth a look.  In the April Cabinet paper (here as a pdf) is an interesting graph which shows that 72.5% of current Vote Science and Innovation contestable and CRI core funding already goes to the newly announced National Science Challenges.  By my calcs the additional … Continue reading » … Read More

The tao of science missed by National Science Challenges - Kidney Punch

John Pickering May 02, 2013

The challenges are out. The committee has spoken. And now the critics respond.  Word on science street and in the media goes a bit like this: Brilliant $73M more for science in New Zealand.  Well done Steven Joyce and the National Party. Lacking in lustre.  These challenges are all a bit predictable. [eg Prof Hendy here] Damn. … Continue reading » … Read More

The Great NZ Science Project begins! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 11, 2012

Today sees the launch of the ‘Great NZ Science Project’, a TV and web campaign that is part of the NZ government’s new $60 million National Science Challenges initiative announced earlier this year. Says Minister for Science & Innovation Steven Joyce: “We are keen for the public and the science community to tell us what they … Read More