Assn of Scientists to celebrate 75th anniversary by thinking about the future at Te Papa

The New Zealand Association of Scientists will celebrate its 75th anniversary by bringing together some of New Zealand’s most original thinkers at Te Papa on April 26 to discuss the future for scientists in New Zealand.

Among the questions to be tackled are:

  • What does it mean to be an emerging scientist in 2016?
  • What do scientific careers look like now, how have they changed, and how should they change in order to keep pace with international trends?
  • Are we doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past, or can we learn from what has – and has not – worked in the science system over the last 75 years?
  • What does success in science look like, and how can we evaluate it?

These questions, and more, will be addressed with an emphasis on what early career researchers think of the funding system that will make – or break – their careers within the next 75 years.

Speakers include:

Dr Rebecca Priestley, Victoria University of Wellington; award-winning science writer and historian, editor of The Awa Book of New Zealand Science (2012), the winner of the inaugural Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize.

Bernard Beckett, writer and secondary school teacher; author of the multi-award winning Genesis (2006), a dystopian science fiction novel for young adults.

Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward, University of Canterbury political scientist, and author of Children, Citizenship and the Environment (2012).

Professor Shaun Hendy, University of Auckland physicist and Director, Te Pūnaha Matatini; author of Get Off the Grass (2012) and Silencing Science (2016).

Details, including registration instructions, can be found here.

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