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The National Science Challenges

Dr Prue Williams, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

RSNZ Manwatu Branch June 2015 meeting

7.30 pm Tuesday, 16 June, Te Manawa – Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North

The Government has established 11 National Science Challenges, designed to take a more strategic approach to investment in science by targeting a series of goals. The goals range from developing high-value foods with health benefits to drive New Zealand’s economy, to harnessing science to sustain health and well-being into the later years of life.

The Challenges provide an opportunity to align and focus New Zealand’s research on large and complex issues by drawing scientists together from different institutions and across disciplines to achieve a common goal through collaboration. Thus they will be the template for a significant portion of the government’s science agenda and funding.

Dr Williams will tell us what the Challenges are, how they are structured, and what their focus is to achieve “major and enduring benefits for New Zealand” through scientific research.

Dr Prue Williams is General Manager – Science Investments at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). She has a PhD in Soil Science from Massey University, Palmerston North, and over 30 years’ experience in research and science management.

All warmly welcome