Keynote: The role of science and of science funders in the time of the COVID 19 crisis

funders have enormous power to influence the direction of science. What tools do you have: co-funding, coordinated funding, ensuring a balance of efforts using all the knowledge disciplines by finding ways to support transdisciplinary research. These are all easy things to say and make a lot of sense. But the reality is that with few exceptions this does not occur.… Read More

Protecting and promoting mental wellbeing: Beyond COVID-19

INGSA/Koi Tū EXCLUSIVE Not only could COVID-19 have a devastating effect on already vulnerable sectors of society, but also we anticipate a second, and potentially large cohort of newly at-risk people as a result of the economic downturn, both globally and nationally, and expected ongoing rise in unemployment.

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Could the next generation of researchers be lost in the aftermath of Covid-19?

As countries continue to grapple with the impact of Covid-19, there are clear signs that the research sector is about to undergo significant reform. These reforms – in particular those relating to the casualised research workforce – will worsen the precarious conditions for early career researchers. Unless action is taken, an entire generation of science will be affected.… Read More

Good information is required for good decision making: Why transdisciplinarity matters

INGSA/Koi Tū EXCLUSIVE The science we need for good public policy is by necessity a transdisciplinary science. In countries such as Germany, natural scientists were joined from the outset in dealing with the pandemic by experts from social sciences and even normative disciplines like philosophical ethics. This transparent inclusivity of a range of perspectives was not, however, universal.

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Special Reports – ‘The Future is Now’ – ‘Social Cohesion’ – ‘NZ’s Place in the World’

Koi Tū SPECIAL REPORTS Two reports on how New Zealand and the world can emerge from the COVID pandemic with a fairer, happier and more resilient society. These papers are instructive for all countries as they turn to face what the future could look like.

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