The Government’s announcement of the National Science Challenges, including an extra $73.5 million funding boost to the initiative, has been widely reported in national media.
According to the government, 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.
The ten central Science Challenges announced are:
- Aging well
- A better start
- Healthier lives
- High value nutrition
- New Zealand’s biological heritage
- Land and water
- Life in a changing ocean
- The Deep South
- Science for technological innovation
- Resilience to nature’s challenges
You can read more about the challenges, including updated extensive expert commentary here, and a listen Science Media Centre briefing with Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman on the SMC site.