Catch up with the latest activities of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor and her office.
The end of 2021 brought a flurry of activity on climate change. We had COP26, New Zealand’s international emissions reduction promise, a consultation on our national emissions reduction plan, and a commitment to provide more climate aid to developing countries.
Amidst the noise and haste of supporting the COVID response and delivering our infectious disease and AMR project (more on this in the New Year), we have had a busy and exciting year behind the scenes with our interns and fellows – 13 projects across the year.
Our office has produced an evidence synthesis on rheumatic fever in Aotearoa New Zealand as part of our major project on infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance.
The Government has announced a new target to reduce Aotearoa New Zealand's emissions by 50 percent by 2030. Juliet joined The AM Show to discuss.
Ahead of COP26, group of influential scientific advisors from around the world have penned a joint letter saying the need for urgent climate action is unequivocal.
In anticipation of COP26, chief science advisors from around the world lay out a vision for limiting global warming to below two degrees, writes senior advisor George Slim.
Aotearoa New Zealand will soon shift to a new COVID-19 'traffic light' system. Juliet speaks about science advice and feedback provided to inform the new framework.
We’ve been making the most of a COVID-free South Island, getting out and about as part of our project on antimicrobial resistance and infectious disease.
Aotearoa New Zealand's trust in scientists is among the highest in the world, according to a new study. Juliet spoke to science journalist Jamie Morton at the NZ Herald about the findings.
Intern alumni Jacques de Satgé features on RNZ's Our Changing World, discussing his research into mangrove management in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Watch intern Jacques de Satgé present on his internship project investigating mangrove management in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Meet some of the key players in the Government's COVID-19 response.
The behind-the-scenes story in the lead-up to our Delta COVID-19 outbreak, as told by NZ Herald journalist Matt Nippert.
Read selected media coverage on the Reconnecting New Zealanders to the World Forum, emceed by Juliet.
Juliet offers advice on how to be a good listener alongside four other prominent New Zealanders in this Business Desk article.
We are now well into our project and the team and panel are working hard to collate the vast range of evidence about AMR in Aotearoa New Zealand, within the broader context of infectious diseases.
In an opinion piece, Peter Davis discusses our report 'The future of commercial fishing in Aotearoa New Zealand'.
Beginning a second term as Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua ki te Pirimia, Juliet looks back on the past year of science advice, evidence, communication and conversation.
After an eventful first term, Juliet and the team are looking forward to the next three years.
Columnist Rod Oram discusses fisheries policy and the recommendations of our report 'The future of commercial fishing'.
The Minister for Oceans and Fisheries David Parker talked to Nine to Noon on RNZ about recently announced changes to fisheries management, referencing our report on commercial fisheries.
A fresh science review has reaffirmed there's no significant health risks with levels of fluoride applied to New Zealand water supplies, reports Jamie Morton for the NZ Herald.
Our office has examined new evidence on water fluoridation published since the Royal Society Te Apārangi report in 2014. Here’s what we found.
Dr Anne-Gaelle Ausseil and Dr Alison Collins summarise their project into the relationship between nature, people and well-being.
We are now ramping up work on our big project for 2021, titled 'Kotahitanga: Uniting Aotearoa against infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance'.
Universal genome sequencing and exquisitely detailed tracing of COVID-19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand offers unique insights into how COVID-19 spreads.
A new report on commercial fisheries is calling for a more holistic approach to managing and assessing the health of the marine ecosystem, reports James Fyfe for Newshub.
The OPMCSA's new report provides advice to government on how science and innovation can improve the sustainability of commercial fisheries. Juliet reflects on our deep dive into the world of commercial fishing.
We’ve had an ‘on-again-off-again’ start to the year here in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, but that hasn’t stopped us kicking off an exciting new set of fellow and intern projects.
How is Aotearoa New Zealand using genome sequencing in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic? Watch the latest documentary from independent filmmaker Shirley Horrocks.
More than ever, we must listen to Aotearoa New Zealand's scientists, and ensure that our institutional structures allow them to speak.
Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy outlined the Government's plans, which includes a commitment to implementing the PMCSA's 'Rethinking plastics' recommendations.
Professor Michael Bunce, EPA Chief Scientist and member of the CSA Forum, was interviewed by Bryan Crump on RNZ about environmental DNA.
A Newsroom article on the surge in waste and single-use plastics generated by the COVID-19 pandemic features commentary from Rachel.
EPA Chief Scientist Professor Michael Bunce spoke to RNZ's Morning Report about his rapid review on genomics for COVID-19.
A new rapid review outlines the strengths and areas for improvement in Aotearoa New Zealand's application of genomics in the COVID-19 pandemic.
A new rapid review on COVID-19 genome sequencing has described New Zealand's efforts as 'world-leading' – but there's still room for improvement.
Political reporter Marc Daalder spoke to the Juliet about 5G for this article on the impacts of misinformation and strategies to tackle conspiracy theories.
We reflect on the role of genome sequencing in the most recent COVID-19 outbreak in Auckland as the EPA Chief Scientist Professor Michael Bunce publishes a rapid review on the topic.
When will we have a vaccine? And are our borders sufficiently secure now? Science reporter Jamie Morton spoke to Juliet and other scientists to answer five burning coronavirus questions facing NZ.
Juliet spoke to Kathryn Ryan on RNZ about the recently released report: 'Legalising cannabis: What does the evidence say?'
Senior research and policy analyst Dr Rachel Chiaroni-Clarke was interviewed for this article on recycling plastic in The Spinoff.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the science response to the Whakaari/White Island eruption and recovery mission in this short documentary by independent filmmaker Shirley Horrocks.
The Government has released its formal response to the PMCSA 'Rethinking plastics' report.
Interventions across primary and secondary education are needed to address declining literacy levels and persistent inequity, according to a report from the Chief Education Scientific Advisor Professor Stuart McNaughton.
Juliet features in this Newshub Nation story on the possible impacts of cannabis legalisation, ahead of September's referendum.
The PMCSA takes a look back at the Rethinking plastics report – and where we're at with implementing sustainability solutions in Aotearoa New Zealand – in this interview with standards organisation GS1 New Zealand.
The doco, by independent filmmaker Shirley Horrocks, features key players in Aotearoa's COVID-19 response.
Responding to emergencies, addressing public concerns and delivering detailed evidence syntheses – our work this year has spanned the full spectrum of science advice.
Professor Joe Boden, member of the PMCSA expert panel, spoke to Heather du Plessis-Allan about the evidence base for impacts of legalising cannabis.
Russell Brown writes about the cannabis evidence summary – "admirable science communication" – on the Hard News blog at Public Address.
Juliet was interviewed for a short World Health Organization video on Aotearoa New Zealand's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scientific evidence behind legalising cannabis is uncertain, Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor says
An expert panel led by Juliet and co-chaired by Professor Tracey McIntosh have released an evidence summary outlining the possible impacts of legalising cannabis. Political reporter Thomas Manch reports for Stuff.
New Zealand Herald political reporter Derek Cheng takes a look at the findings of the cannabis expert panel, including possible health and social impacts.
Juliet spoke to the NZ Herald's Derek Cheng about the cannabis expert panel's work to gather information to inform the debate in the lead up to September's vote.
Juliet sat down on TVNZ's Breakfast show to discuss the new website launched today by the OPMCSA: an evidence summary called Legalising cannabis: What does the evidence say?
This evidence summary won’t tell you how to vote – instead, it aims to support you to make your decision in the upcoming referendum on legalising recreational cannabis.
Reports of a more transmissible strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus should be interpreted with caution, says Juliet.
Dr George Slim, consultant for the Office, writes about the role of the PMCSA and evidence-based decision making in Build magazine, the flagship publication of BRANZ.
Juliet features alongside six other scientists who were instrumental in Aotearoa New Zealand's COVID-19 pandemic response in this NZ Herald article.
Juliet's celebratory single malt was one of many joyous reactions shared across NZ as coronavirus restrictions lifted.
Professor Richie Poulton, Chief Science Advisor for the social sector, spoke to Kim Hill for RNZ's Saturday Morning programme about the health impacts of cannabis.
New Zealand Herald science reporter Jamie Morton asks Juliet and three other experts to rate Aotearoa New Zealand's response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
As the COVID-19 pandemic rages offshore, how does Aotearoa New Zealand decide to reopen our borders and what constitutes an acceptable level of risk?
Juliet and Rachel reflect on the risks of reopening Aotearoa New Zealand's borders in the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Juliet joined Stuff's Coronavirus NZ podcast, giving an inside glimpse into New Zealand's COVID-19 response – and revealing her lockdown baking habits.
In this interview with for The Spinoff, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern discusses the pandemic response and Juliet's critical role.
Juliet spoke to New Zealand Herald investigations reporter Matt Nippert about Aotearoa New Zealand's pandemic plan.
At the half way point of the four-week-long level four COVID-19 lockdown, Juliet talks to Kathryn Ryan on Nine to Noon about how and when we exit the strictest level.
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, some scientists disagreed over the approach Aotearoa New Zealand should take. But such debates are a healthy part of how science works.
The New Zealand Herald's science reporter Jamie Morton spoke to Juliet about separating "the fact from the fudge" during the COVID-19 crisis.
As the number of cases of COVID-19 skyrockets globally it’s tempting to dive into the wealth of data updated daily on the internet. But we need to be cautious about interpreting the data.
Juliet speaks to Lisa Owen on RNZ about the worldwide measures that will hopefully curb the rate of Covid-19 transmission in New Zealand, as the country prepares for lockdown.
Juliet sat down with the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) for a Q&A session on the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak. The video has received more than 1.8 million views.
Professor Ian Lambie, chief science advisor for the justice sector, is interviewed for this deep-dive into criminal justice reform in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Cannabis has been in the news this past week, with new figures showing that fewer of our young people are trying cannabis, continuing a trend that has been seen since 2001.
Over the last year, the Chief Science Advisor Forum has been focused on building a bridge between the science advisory system and te ao Māori. This culminated last year in a hui on 11 December.
Juliet was interviewed by journalist Simon Shepherd for a Newshub television report and explainer article about 5G.
This month we are starting work on an exciting new project in the office looking at how science can contribute to keeping Aotearoa New Zealand at the leading edge of global fisheries management.
People with brain injuries are over-represented in the justice system, and Dr Ian Lambie says more could be done to deal with the problem.
A discussion paper released on Wednesday by Chief Science Advisor for the Justice Sector, Dr Ian Lambie, found brain and behaviour differences were “over-represented” in the justice system, among both victims and offenders.
The case of Teina Pora, who was wrongfully imprisoned for two decades after wrongly confessing to a crime he didn’t commit, is just the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to brain injuries costing people their freedom, a new government report says.
Juliet was interviewed on RNZ Summer Times on 15 January 2020 about plastic recycling and rethinking Aotearoa New Zealand’s waste and recycling infrastructure.
Juliet spoke to Kim Savage on RNZ’s Five o’clock report about the risks and benefits of 5G tech.
Women employed on academic staff at a New Zealand university are likely to earn about $400,000 less than men over the course of their career, according to new research.
More than a few researchers we meet on our travels raise an amused, sceptical eyebrow at the thought of kiwis being among those with an interest in space, but in fact, Aotearoa New Zealand has a long history in space science and technology.
Environment reporter Amber-Leigh Woolf explores Aotearoa New Zealand's recycling issues in an article for Stuff with commentary from the 'Rethinking plastics' report and Juliet.
It seems apt in this year of commemoration to ponder the interface of our two knowledge frameworks. Tahu and I were honoured to be asked to write a forward for a New Zealand Science Review Special Issue on Mātauranga and Science.
Climate activist and columnist Mia Sutherland writes about Aotearoa New Zealand's need for onshore recycling facilities, referencing the 'Rethinking plastics' report.
A press release from the Agrecovery Foundation highlights increases in rural recycling rates but also notes an urgent need for more local recycling solutions.
The government says it will phase out more single-use plastics like polystyrene meat trays, takeaway cups and containers, after a new report on plastic waste from the Chief Science Advisor.
On Morning Report, RNZ political reporter Charlie Dreaver speaks to Juliet about the recommendations in the 'Rethinking plastics' report.
WasteMINZ says there is a need for a consistent and national approach to dealing with plastic and reducing single use plastic.
Environment and science editor Eloise Gibson writes about the 'Rethinking plastics' vision: "a future with much less plastic, where all of what we use is recycled or dealt with responsibly in New Zealand."
Plastics NZ, the industry association representing New Zealand's plastic manufacturers and resin suppliers, welcomes the release of the 'Rethinking plastics' report.
RNZ's 'The Detail' podcast chats to science journalist Eloise Gibson about the 'Rethinking plastics' report.
In light of increasing public concern over the harmful effects of plastic pollution, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Juliet Gerrard, is presenting the Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealand report to the Prime Minister on Sunday 8th December.
Meat trays, takeaway cups, and fruit stickers are next in line for the Government's expanding plastics ban.
Polystyrene meat trays, cups and takeaway food containers are the next targets in the battle to phase out single-use plastics, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.
We are excited and delighted to launch our major report – Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealand – today. Our panel set out with a bold and broad scope to find ways to reduce the size of the plastic shadow that is cast by modern life.
WasteMINZ, NZ’s largest representative body of the waste minimisation, resource recovery and contaminated land sectors, is pleased to see the report articulating a national focus on many of the challenges and solutions that its members have been debating and creating in recent years.
Political reporter Jason Walls explores the Prime Minister's, and wider government's, responses to the 'Rethinking plastics' report.
Newstalk ZB's Sunday Panel discusses the 'Rethinking plastics' report.
Stuff environment reporter Amber-Leigh Woolf reports on the 'Rethinking plastics' report, which says big changes are needed to put a lid on the problem.
The government says it will phase out more single-use plastics after welcoming a report on dealing with plastic waste that was presented to the Prime Minister.
The Otago Daily Times reports on the 'Rethinking plastics in Aotearoa' report released by the Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor.
The Government will phase out more single-use plastics, following the release of a report on finding better ways to deal with waste.
The Spinoff's deputy editor Catherine McGregor outlines what you need to know about the 'Rethinking plastics' report.
Chris Keall (Business Writer, NZ Herald) discusses the PMCSA information sheet on 5G in Aotearoa New Zealand.
As 5G begins its roll out in Aotearoa New Zealand, lots of people are asking what exactly 5G is and what it will mean for our country, our health, and our way of living.
Dr Ian Town (Chief Science Advisor, Ministry of Health) discusses antibiotic resistance, how all New Zealanders contribute to the issue and what we can do to help combat it.
Currently there is no concerted effort to measure terrestrial insect health in Aotearoa. So how do we effectively protect something we don’t measure?
Recent Stats NZ figures show that more than 1.4 million of employed adults (58%), drive a private vehicle main way of getting to work, despite calls to reduce our reliance on cars.
Juliet spoke on RNZ with Kathryn Ryan, Dr Mike King (University of Otago) and Dr Bjorn Oback (AgResearch) about gene editing in New Zealand.
Dr Alison Collins, Chief Science Advisor for Ministry for the Environment (MfE), explains why the new marine report today is so important.
Nāku te rourou, nāu te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.
This month we are kicking off work to develop a short, accessible summary of the evidence base surrounding cannabis.
WasteMINZ asked Rachel to explain what the findings meant for the future of waste data in Aotearoa New Zealand, for their industry magazine Revolve.
One of our interns, Dr Tara McAllister (Te Aitanga ā Māhaki), and her fellow researcher, Dr Sereana Naepi, joined RNZ to talk about their research into the stubbornly low numbers of Māori and Pasifika working at New Zealand universities.
Juliet talked to Brian Crump of RNZ about the work of our #RethinkPlastic panel.
It has been a high profile week for equity, diversity and inclusion issues in science and academia, so it seemed timely to update on some of our intern projects.
In the wake of the recently released Royal Society Te Apārangi report on gene editing, science reporter Jamie Morton gives his take on overhauling GE laws.
The Royal Society Te Apārangi has released a report on gene editing. Read science journalist Farah Hancock's analysis on Newsroom.
How do we ensure that the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) benefits people equally in Aotearoa New Zealand?
And haere rā to Kyle who is departing after three months of full immersion in artificial intelligence
Artificial Intelligence is with us – what does it mean for our future wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand? A reflection on the recent reports from the Australian Council of Learned Academies and the Royal Society Te Apārangi.
Dr John Roche, Chief Science Advisor for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), provided commentary for this deep dive into Mycoplasma bovis.
Juliet is looking forward to the Royal Society Te Apārangi report on gene editing.
Juliet is delighted to chair the Data Ethics Advisory Group convened by Stats NZ. Read more about this panel and the announcement.
This week the Royal Society Te Apārangi has put out an accessible report on Plastics in the Environment: Te Ao Hurihuri – The Changing World.
At the end of June, Wayne Crump completed his internship on quantum computing – our first graduate.
Juliet was surprised to find herself in the news after speaking at the Antarctic conference recently.
It has been a whirlwind year: building the team, setting up new offices, listening to researchers and policy makers, agreeing a work plan with the Prime Minister, and delivering our first briefings and advice to the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Back in March 2019, Juliet joined Jesse Mulligan on RNZ to talk about our science policy internship programme.
With interest growing in the Foulden Maar mine, The Spinoff republished Juliet's recent reflection.
In his role as Chief Science Advisor for the Ministry for Primary Industries, Dr John Roche leads MPI’s Strategic Science Advisory Group tasked with eradicating Mycoplasma bovis from Aotearoa New Zealand.
Dr John Roche was interviewed by Kathryn Ryan on RNZ about the efforts to eradicate the Mycoplasma bovis disease from Aotearoa New Zealand.
In an editorial item for the Dominion Post, Dr Alison Collins talks about the effects that our decisions might have on our environment—some of which are not that obvious.
How psychology researchers responded to the Christchurch mosque shootings – an exemplar in getting an evidence base to government at pace
Beyond the immediate response phase after March 15th, the Chief Science Advisors and surrounding research community have been occupied with how to best inform policy efforts focused on supporting the people of Christchurch as they recover from this trauma.
Juliet and Ben from the OPMCSA have co-authored an article on science advice in Aotearoa New Zealand, published in Policy Quarterly.
The fable of Foulden Maar – a case study in the collision of scientific evidence and government policies?
This week I’ve been watching the story of Foulden Maar unfold in the media. It proves to be an interesting case study in how and when scientific evidence is, or isn’t, used to inform government processes (central and local). So what might we learn from this fable?
What happened after the now infamous "meth report"? Hon Kris Faafoi, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, asked the Office to assist MBIE in providing reassurance that independent science evidence was being used in the Standards setting process.
It has been a very busy month in our Office, with lots of activity on our various work streams, and some rapid reprioritisation to assist in collating an evidence base for those supporting recovery in Christchurch.
The Ministry of Health has just advertised for a Chief Science Advisor.
Apart from acknowledging the terrible events of March 15th with a ‘Kia Kaha’, we have turned down the social media volume to zero this week in the Office. A mark of respect for the victims and their whānau, and a time to reflect. A week later, here are a few thoughts.
It is all too rare that a researcher’s evidence base appears in a form that is useful and timely for direct use in policy. How can we do better?
Juliet was featured on the RNZ National show 'Karen Hay and Friends'. The chat covered diverse topics, from Juliet’s music choices to a discussion of her role and ongoing projects.
Juliet was one of several scientists asked by The Spinoff about their “revelations” for 2018. Her top highlight? A trip to Antarctica.
The report 'Every 4 minutes: A discussion paper on preventing family violence in New Zealand' was presented to the Parliamentary Undersecretary for Justice Jan Logie at Parliament on the 11 December 2018.
A new report “Every 4 minutes – A discussion paper on preventing family violence in New Zealand” by justice sector Chief Science Advisor, Professor Ian Lambie, discusses the evidence and asks us, as a community, to get involved.
Juliet shared her thoughts on science and education at uLearn's Kōrero Mātauranga session
The news website Stuff featured Juliet in their National Portrait series.
The Education Gazette interviewed Juliet about her thoughts on science education.
In the NZ Herald's '12 Questions with...' series, Professor Juliet Gerrard answers questions about science and her role as the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor today, as part of her schedule in Auckland.
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Juliet visited the Ngatamariki geothermal power station, an exciting example of iwi, science and industry all working together.
Juliet was a guest speaker at the Suffrage 125 women's dinner, held at Government House on 19 September 2018.
Juliet was interviewed by RNZ journalist Charlie Dreaver following the release of a report on diversity in the science sector from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
The Otago Daily Times covered Juliet's visit to Queenstown as part of Queenstown Research Week.
The Otago Daily Times covered Juliet's speech to University of Otago students and staff.
Juliet attended the opening of the National Māori Genetics Research Centre, Waharoa Ki Te Toi, in Kaitāia on Friday 17 August.
As she stepped into her new role, Juliet was interviewed by Kathryn Ryan on Nine to Noon.
Juliet was interviewed by Wallace Chapman on Radio New Zealand’s Sunday morning programme about her new appointment.
The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that Professor Juliet Gerrard would replace Sir Peter Gluckman as the new Chief Science Advisor.
Juliet was interviewed by Lisa Owen for Newshub Nation about the role of science in shaping government policy.
Science journalist Jamie Morton interviewed Juliet for a Q&A in NZ Herald about her new role as the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor.
Juliet's appointment to the role of Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor was featured in the science journal Nature.
New Zealand Herald science journalist Jamie Morton reported on the responses of some members of the science community to the appointment of Juliet as the new PMCSA.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Adern today announced that University of Auckland Professor Juliet Gerrard will be the new Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.
Watch and read coverage of the announcement of the new PMCSA, Juliet, on the Stuff website