NZ Chapter: Future Directions for the NZ Research System - the Science System Advisory Group and more - 26 June 2024

1:00pm Wednesday, 26 June 2024
2:00pm Wednesday, 26 June 2024
Chapter Event - online

Over 30 years since its last major reform, New Zealand’s research system is in a time of transition. The previous Government’s Te Ara Paerangi process was halted after it had implemented only a few small changes and a new review process has been put in place, to be guided by a Science System Advisory Group and a University Advisory Group, both chaired by Distinguished Professor Sir Peter Gluckman. Meanwhile, the Government’s recent Budget was largely silent with respect to research and the National Science Challenges come to an end in June 2024.

This panel discussion will outline the key goals of the reform process, seek some understanding of the directions in which the process is heading, and how research managers can work through the process with our researcher colleagues. 

Date: Wednesday, 26 June 2024

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM NZST (Check your timezone here.)

Zoom Details: To be provided in the event confirmation.







Dr Kate Muise 

Acting Chief Executive, Science New Zealand

Dr Kate Muise has an extensive background of working at the nexus of science, innovation and technology and the public sector. Kate joined Science New Zealand from her role as Manager Specialised Investments in the Science System Investment and Performance branch at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Prior to MBIE, Kate worked on building international science connections between the UK and Aotearoa New Zealand.






Dr Eric Walton

Independent Consultant

Dr Eric Walton began his career as a horticultural researcher shortly before the early-1990s science reforms and has worked in research development roles at the Universities of Otago and Waikato before joining MBIE to manage the Endeavour Fund. Since his retirement from MBIE, Eric has worked with several universities and other research organisations to develop and strengthen their research.

Professor Charles Eaton

Charlie Eason’s reflections will be based on > 40 years  of active research experience. Initially, in Europe, within multinational pharmaceutical companies in drug discovery and registration and subsequently in NZ in a CRI (Manaaki Whenua), then leading an IRO as CEO (Cawthron). Currently he is Chief Scientist for a Māori Incorporation (Wakatū) whilst maintaining a Professorial role at Lincoln University and science advisory roles. He is a Thomson Medal recipient for science leadership.










Dr Mara Wolkenhauer

Mara has been working as a strategic science translator and system convenor in the New Zealand research funding system for nearly 10 years. Her expertise includes working with academic, business and government leaders, most recently working at MBIE in the Science Policy Team that is leading the Science System Review process. In the capacity of the Chair of this panel discussion, Mara will focus on bringing different lenses to the table, and supporting an honest dialogue on NZ's options for a refreshed science system that serves our country's future.


CPD: Accredited members (ARMAs and ARMFs) will automatically accrue 1 CPD hour for attending this session.


With permission from the presenters, the zoom session will be recorded and made available to registrants and ARMS members via our website. 


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