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

22 August 2014

The NZAS submission on the draft National Statement of Science Investment has been submitted to MBIE - we attach it here for reference.

We encourage all of our members to consider sending in a personal submission: please feel free to refer to the NZAS submission if it is useful.

Thank you to everyone who got in touch to contribute your thoughts - they were very helpful and we hope to have captured a broad cross section of the thoughts of the community.

06 August 2014

A press release about the results of the NZAS National Science Challenges survey is attached.

04 August 2014

On Friday the 1st of August, we sent out a brief poll of opinion on the National Science Challenges, with the following description:

23 July 2014

The New Zealand Association of Scientists has a tradition of asking all political parties registered for the general election to provide their science related policies, in order to inform our membership and other interested New Zealanders. We also aim to provide a forum for the discussion of these policies, both here on our website, and elsewhere, such as in the NZ Science Review.

18 July 2014

Wednesday 30 July | 5.30pm for a 6pm start |

members (including NZAS members) $10 non members $20

Royal Society of New Zealand 11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon Wellington
RSVP to scanz2011@gmail.com

Does investment in science influence society?  Can we really expect it to meet New Zealand's economic, social, environmental and cultural needs? Is it the level of investment or the areas in which the investment is made?