The New Zealand Association of Scientists is a genuinely independent association of scientists who work and lobby to:

  • promote science in New Zealand,
  • increase public awareness of science and expose pseudo-science,
  • debate and influence government science policy,
  • improve working conditions for scientists, including gender and ethnic equality,
  • promote free exchange of knowledge and international co-operation,
  • and encourage excellence in science.

The Association membership includes physical, natural, mathematical and social scientists and welcomes members with an interest in science education, policy, communication and the social impact of science and technology.

News & Recent Posts

20 June 2016

The NZAS press release about the Government's response to the Motu research report on 90-day employment trials is here.

31 May 2016

Applications/nominations for the NZAS Awards (Marsden, Shorland, Research, Science Communicator medals) are due today, Tuesday May 31. Details of how to apply are here.

Several applicants have received bounce back email notifications when sending their applications to awards@scientists.org.nz, although we have received your application documents.  Please copy your applications to BuchananP AT landcareresearch DOT co DOT nz


26 May 2016

"Continued Change amongst the Positive News for Science" - the NZAS Press Release about science funding announcements in the 2016 Budget can be found here.

The government's fact sheet summarising science and innovation funding changes in the 2016 Budget is here.

18 May 2016

Several announcements have been made about science funding and science strategy from the government, ahead of the budget which will be on 26 May 2016.  Press releases and reaction from the media, scientists and science commentators will be collected here.

$97m extra funding for Health Research Council

08 May 2016

The Association has put out a press release to detail its concerns with current threats to science programming on Radio NZ, in particular changes affecting Our Changing World.

A letter sent previously to the Radio NZ CEO Paul Thompson is also available.