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Panel Discussion: Where Next for the Research, Science and Technology System?

The research sector is facing its biggest overhaul in 30 years.

It’s been criticised for its weak connectivity, excessive competitiveness and lack of flexibility. There are on-going debates about the nature, availability and longevity of research funding and responsiveness to Māori issues. But what should the future pathway look like? How can change best be achieved? And why should those outside the research sector care?

Two locally-based scientists, Dr Brent Clothier and Dr Mike Dodd, will give their views, with discussion to follow.

Brent is Principal Scientist at Plant and Food Research. A Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, he is currently its president and led its submission as part of the consultation process. Mike is a senior scientist in the Farm Management Systems team at AgResearch. He was formerly on the Council of the NZ Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science and is currently on the Executive of the NZ Grassland Association.


All warmly welcome


Te Ara Paerangi, MBIE’s consultation document on these matters, can be found at:

Te Ara Paerangi - Future Pathways | Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (mbie.govt.nz)

There will be no pre-lecture meal this month because of the preceding AGM at 6.30pm, which will be followed by refreshments


Dr Brent Clothier and Dr Mike Dodd


Royal Spciety of New Zealand Manawatu Branch


Palmerston North Central Library, George Street, Palmerston North

7:30pm Tue 24 May, 2022 - 8:30pm Tue 24 May, 2022