Thu 21 Feb 2013 AT 19:30 pm , Wellington

Communicating and Using Evidence in Policy Formation: the use and misuse of science


Lecture by Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor

Free admission.


The Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ) has invited distinguished scientist Professor Sir Peter Gluckman to speak at Te Papa, on Thursday 21 February, 7.30-8.30 pm.  His lecture is entitled: “Communicating and using evidence in policy formation: the use and misuse of science”.  The lecture will be recorded by Radio New Zealand.


One of the key challenges for all governments is how to make the best use of evidence in policy formation. The challenges include identifying what research and knowledge is needed and how to apply it to government policy making. As science has become more complex and impacts on every aspect of our lives, offering solutions to many of the problems the world confronts, these issues become more urgent. Science alone does not, and should not, make policy but policy made in the absence of information and science-based evidence is not good policy.


Sir Peter’s office (Office of the Prime Minister’s Science Advisory Committee) has conducted an extensive discussion with officials across government, and with partner offices overseas, to see if we can better use evidence in policy formation. He will outline the many ways in which this can be achieved.


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Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman was the founding Director of the Liggins Institute in Auckland and is one of New Zealand’s best known scientists. His research has won him numerous awards and international recognition including Fellowship of the Commonwealth’s most prestigious scientific organisation, The Royal Society (London). He is the only New Zealander elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science (USA) and the Academy of Medical Sciences of Great Britain.


In 2009 he became a Knight of the New Zealand Order of Merit replacing the 2008 Distinguished Companion of the NZ Order of Merit, for services to medicine and having previously been made a Companion of the Order in 1997.  In 2001 he received New Zealand’s top science award, the Rutherford Medal, and in July 2009 he was appointed as the first Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand.


Professor Sir Gluckman is an international advocate for science, promoting the translation of discoveries in biomedical research into improvements in long term health outcomes. He is the author of over 500 scientific papers and reviews and editor of eight books, including three influential textbooks in his subject area.



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