May 2022 Meeting 6.30 pm Tuesday 24 May

AGM 6.30 Palmerston North City Library

Followed by (7.30) Where Next for the Research, Science and Technology System?

Panel Discussion:

The research sector is facing its biggest overhaul in 30 years. It’s been criticized for its weak connectivity, excessive competitiveness and lack of flexibility. There are on-going debates about the nature, availability and longevity of research funding and responsiveness to Māori issues. But what should the future pathway look like? How can change best be achieved? And why should those outside the research sector care?

Two locally-based scientists, Dr Brent Clothier and Dr Mike Dodd, will give their views, with discussion to follow.

Brent is Principal Scientist at Plant and Food Research. A Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, he is currently its president and led its submission as part of the consultation process. 

Mike is a senior scientist in the Farm Management Systems team at AgResearch. He was formerly on the Council of the NZ Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science and is currently on the Executive of the NZ Grassland Association.

Notice of AGM, Manawatū Branch, Royal Society of New Zealand: 6.30 pm Tuesday 24 May

The postponed Branch AGM will now be held in person in the City Library 6.30 pm Tuesday 24 May. Please place this date in your diaries.

We are seeking nominations to the Branch Council and especially to the roles of president and secretary. A number of the existing council have indicated their intention to retire after active service on the committee for many years The roles are not onerous, but if we are realistically to continue as a functioning Branch, the Council desperately needs refreshing and support.  Please do consider this seriously.

Nominations for the Branch Council and for the positions of President and Secretary should be sent to  Should these nominations need a seconder, a current member of the branch committee will be happy to oblige!

The AGM will be followed by refreshments and a panel discussion on the Te Ara Paerangi Future Pathways Green Paper on the Future of the Research System in New Zealand (further information to follow).