Tagged: Science policy

Where did we put all that CO2? Climate Change Policy for the Election - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Sep 01, 2017

Climate change is one of the NZ election issues of this year.  With that in mind, the Science Media Centre asked the parties the following question: How will your party meet the goals of the Paris Agreement? How will agriculture be accounted for in climate change adaptation and mitigation? What are your plans for the Emissions Trading Scheme? Introduction … Read More

The political parties and where they stand on science - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Aug 11, 2017

With the Metiria Turei controversy behind us and ‘Jacindamania’ fading, it may be time for policy positions from our political parties to get more of an airing. Yesterday saw the New Zealand Association of Scientists and the New Zealand Public Service Association team up to give the major political parties and TOP candidate Geoff Simmonds the opportunity to … Read More

A picture’s worth a thousand words…or not in our case - Stick

Peter Kerr Dec 16, 2014

I’m a sucker for a good diagram – a picture’s worth a thousand words and all that jazz. So I thought I’d see what, if anything, came up in a search about New Zealand’s science and innovation system; diagram-wise. The … Continue reading → … Read More

Evidence-based science policy - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Jun 11, 2014

In May last year, the New Zealand Herald ran an editorial in which it declared: Science has been a black hole for taxpayers’ money. Governments of all stripes agree that science is something they should fund without knowing very much about it. Ironically, the editorial went on to praise the virtues of the National Science Challenges … Read More

The Kiwi innovation space is starting to look awfully crowded - Stick

Peter Kerr Apr 16, 2014

Is it just me, or is the innovation/commercialisation space looking awfully crowded and confused these days? Sure, we like to think we’re (NZ Inc) inventive and entrepreneurial. But there seem to be more entities out there offering innovation (and I … Continue reading → … Read More

Re-arranging science funding’s deck chairs - Stick

Peter Kerr Apr 09, 2014

Well, I guess you can’t have too many science funding bodies… An alert colleague pointed out a GETS call for applications for – Capability in Independent Research Organisations Funding. (GETS Reference: 41196) This fund is aimed at non-Crown Research Institutes, … Continue reading → … Read More

Driver of Callaghan accelerator services to put pedal to the metal? - Stick

Peter Kerr Mar 04, 2014

We’ll make the assumption that Callaghan Innovation’s new GM of Accelerator Services isn’t there for the money. Chris Somogyi’s come relatively unannounced to the crown entity whose role is to accelerate the commercialisation of innovation by NZ firms. Softly, softly … Continue reading → … Read More

Publish And Perish - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jan 20, 2014

I didn’t want to be in a position to write this post.  I’ve procrastinated and debated whether I should or not – mainly because I don’t want it to come across as sour grapes.  However, procrastination over… 2013 was a great year from the academic metrics point of view – many articles were written, twice … Continue reading → … Read More

Non-success gets a deserved recognition - Stick

Peter Kerr Sep 24, 2013

A thumbs up to Lightning Lab and Wellington’s Creative HQ for celebrating non-success. That, quite deliberately, is different from describing the five of the nine companies which went through LL’s 12 week accelerator programme as failures. Earlier in the year, … Continue reading → … Read More

Callaghan Innovation’s own goal? - Stick

Peter Kerr Aug 30, 2013

Let’s call it an own goal eh. How else can we describe Callaghan Innovation Research Ltd’s (CIRL), effectively the old Industrial Research as subsumed into the new-ish entity, failure to obtain millions of dollars’ worth of research funding from the … Continue reading → … Read More