Megan Woods signals thrust of science sector restructuring

Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods, in  her Cawthron Institute Centenary Speech today, portended some key features to be incorporated in a shake-up of the country’s research, science and innovation sector.

Dr Woods congratulated Cawthron for its support of industry and work in improving the health of our environment. Continue reading

Green Paper portends big changes for the research, science and innovation sector and greater diversity

We should brace for big changes – and hope they amount to changes for the better – when the Government makes a grand announcement under the heading 30-year-old RSI system to modernise.

The Te Ara Paerangi – Future Pathways Green Paper has been launched by Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Megan Woods and Associate Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall.

This marks the start

“… of a wide-ranging and collaborative korero about the future f the RSI science system.”

 The Ministers are encouraging all researchers and stakeholders to join the “conversation”.

“The world is a very different place now to when our Crown Research Institutes were created in the 1990s. If the last 18 months have shown us anything, it is that we need to have expert science to make expert, dynamic decisions,” Megan Woods said.

“Our RSI system has served Aotearoa exceptionally well, but now it’s time to ask whether the system is set up as well as it can be to answer today’s pressing environmental, economic and social challenges, like climate change and child poverty.

“Te Ara Paerangi Future Pathways is a programme that seeks to start an open and fulsome conversation on a range of issues facing the sector, but we’re not going into this with any pre-determined ideas.” Continue reading