Updates from the Office
Stay informed on the activities and projects of Juliet and the OPMCSA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Currently there is no concerted effort to measure terrestrial insect health in Aotearoa. So how do we effectively protect something we don’t measure?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor today, as part of her schedule in Auckland.
Juliet visited the Ngatamariki geothermal power station, an exciting example of iwi, science and industry all working together.
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.