innovation

Where our science investment is going

The Government this morning released the National Statement of Science Investment 2015 – 2025, which lays out the priorities for investing government money in science and innovation over the next decade. I’ll leave analysis of the report to experts who the Science Media Centre has contacted for reaction which will be released later today. But […]

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Israel: Startup Nation

Sciblogs editor and Science Media Centre director Peter Griffin spent a week in Israel attending the World Science Conference and visiting some of the country’s most innovative technology startups. Check back here for new posts documenting the insights he gained from the ‘startup nation’. Also check out Peter Griffin’s interview with Radio New Zealand about […]

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The nuts and bolts of our knowledge economy

The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment has just released the last of its Sectors Report Series, a very useful snapshot of the New Zealand economy and which sectors contribute what economic output. Many Sciblogs readers, according to the demographic info a computer algorithm throws up for you, are involved in the knowledge intensive services […]

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The hidden costs of peer review

Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor has released an interesting discussion paper today looking at peer review and its role in influencing what sort of research gets funded in New Zealand. Those who have been through the Marsden or Health Research Council wringer will find it particularly interesting. Many scientists have told […]

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Endace spat reveals classic sell-out tensions

So another one of our high-flying Kiwi tech firms is about to be gobbled up by off-shore investors. News broke this morning that Endace, the successful security and networking company founded by businessman Selwyn Pellet and listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market, has been approached by “California networking solutions firm Emulex with […]

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Innovation – how is our strategy looking?

The Government has released Building Innovation, the second progress report of six in its Business Growth Agenda. The document gives a pretty good overview of what the Government has done and intends to do in its efforts to boost innovation in the economy. It also shows our major weaknesses when it comes to the R&D […]

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Christchurch's chance to be innovation central

The blueprints for Christchurch are out and by and large, they represent an ambitious and progressive vision for the future of our second biggest city. Interestingly, they also account for innovation and health precincts that could make Christchurch, already a major centre of excellence for electronics and high value manufacturing and with significant medical research […]

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