To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the New Zealand Association of Scientists, our annual conference will bring together some of New Zealand's best thinkers to discuss the future for scientists in New Zealand, and what we can learn from the past. What do scientific careers look like in 2016, 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 of the past? What does success in science look like, and how can we evaluate it? We'll answer these questions, and more, 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.
Where: Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington (Soundings Theatre)
When: 26 April 2016 (8:30 welcome, close at 5:30 pm with drinks and nibbles until 7 pm)
Confirmed invited speakers include:
- Associate Professor Craig Stevens, President of the NZ Association of Scientists, and Principal Scientist at NIWA
- Dr Rebecca Priestley, Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, Editor of The Awa Book of New Zealand Science (2012), and author of Dispatches from Continent Seven: An Anthology of Antarctic Science (2016)
- Dr Geoff Willmott, Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, Rutherford Discovery Fellow
- Dr Adam Jaffe, Director at Motu Research
- Professor Shaun Hendy, Professor of Physics at the University of Auckland and Author of Get of the Grass (2013) and Silencing Scientists (2016)
- Dr George Slim, Research consultant
- Bernard Beckett, teacher at Hutt Valley High School and author of books for young adults, including Genesis (2007) and the non-fiction Falling for Science ().
- Kate Hannah, Executive Manager of Te Pūnaha Matatini, a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence focussed on the study of complex systems and networks
Other speakers will be confirmed as we publish our full programme in early March.