We’re excited to offer an opportunity for researchers and policymakers to connect in an informal workshop setting. The focal point of these events is to bridge the gap between evidence and policy by cultivating robust relationships and fostering enduring collaborations.

Registration is now open for Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington and Ōtautahi Christchurch workshops

  1. Wellington Workshop

Date: Monday, 18 September

Time: 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Location: Te Herenga Waka | Victoria University Wellington, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

  1. Christchurch Workshop

Date: Wednesday, 27 September

Time: 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Location: Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury, Ōtautahi Christchurch

Find out more about the Ōtautahi Christchurch workshop and secure your participation by registering here


Stay tuned for Ōtepoti Dunedin and Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland workshops in early 2024

We’re in the planning stages for workshops in Ōtepoti Dunedin and Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, scheduled for early 2024. Keep an eye out for more details.

Navigating the Complexities: Building strong connections between evidence and policy

We recognise that navigating the landscape of evidence and policy can be a challenging task, often characterised by its intricacies and ambiguities. If you’re a policymaker eager to embrace evidence-based policy or an early, mid-career researcher aiming to support impact through policy avenues, our workshops are for you.

Key workshop highlights:

These interactive workshops, hosted by the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, will bring together Chief Science Advisors (CSAs), policymakers, and researchers for discussion of:

  • The power of relationships in evidence-based policy: Gain insights into how the world of evidence-based policy is underpinned by relationships and connections.
  • Fostering effective researcher-policymaker partnerships: Explore strategies to nurture and sustain meaningful partnerships between researchers and policymakers.
  • Navigating complex territories: Understand how these relationships withstand tests, particularly during emergencies and in contested areas of work.
  • Opportunities and challenges: Delve into the possibilities and potential challenges that arise within these dynamic collaborations.

Who should attend:

We extend a warm invitation to early and mid-career researchers, research managers, and policymakers keen to cultivate connections and enhance engagement between researchers and the public sector.

Reserve your spot:

Participation in these workshops is complementary, but spaces are limited.


We gratefully acknowledge the Australasian Research Managers Society (ARMS), Te Herenga Waka | Victoria University Wellington, and Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury for their support in making these workshops possible.