The Royal Society of New Zealand has operated since 1867. Under its Act ‘the object of the society is the advancement and promotion of Science and Technology in New Zealand’.
We promote science and technology in schools, in industry and in society. We administer several funds for science and technology, publish science journals, offer advice to Government, and foster international scientific contact and co-operation.
For the purpose of advancing and promoting science and technology in New Zealand, the functions of the Society are:
- To foster in the New Zealand community a culture that supports science and technology, including (without limitation) the promotion of public awareness, knowledge, and understanding of science and technology; and the advancement of science and technology education:
- To encourage, promote, and recognise excellence in science and technology:
- To provide an infrastructure and other support for the professional needs and development of scientists and technologists:
- To establish and administer for members a code of professional standards and ethics in science and technology:
- To provide expert advice on important public issues to the Government and the community:
- To do all other lawful things which the Council considers conducive to the advancement and Promotion of science and technology in New Zealand
- Royal Society structure and people
The Royal Society is an independent, national academy of sciences, a federation of scientific and technological societies, and individual members.
Our membership currently comprises:
- over 1200 members
- 344 elected Fellows
- 10 regional branches
- 60 constituent scientific and technological societies
Our membership represents nearly 20,000 scientists, technologists and technicians.
- The Royal Society (London) – the UK’s national academy of science
First established in 1867, the Royal Society of New Zealand is modelled on the Royal Society (London).