Q&A, Nation interview outgoing and incoming Chief Science Advisors

Q&A today:


The Prime Minister’s incoming Chief Science Advisor, Professor Juliet Gerrard says she wants to ensure independence in her role and retain the ability to speak out against “bad science.”

Professor Gerrard told Newshub Nation she wants to make sure the integrity of her office is not undermined by politics, or an obligation to the Prime Minister.

“It’s an independent role and that independence is absolutely critical. So it’s my job to speak out if we see [bad science],” said Professor Gerrard.

One of her key priorities in her new role  is to find a balance between the urgency of policy-making and making sure her science advice is thorough.

“Science is slow and methodical, traditionally, and policy has to be made in response to urgent issues. The challenge of science advice is to really marry those two timelines”


  1. Corky

     /  July 1, 2018

    How can evidence based policy win in this post-truth era?

    Wrong question:

    How can pure science win in post scientific era?

    • Gezza

       /  July 1, 2018

      With the assistance of the NRA & special interest groups.

  2. David

     /  July 1, 2018

    Pleased they found a woman for the job, could be a token one. Lets hope her focus is more on social sciences like trans issues, minorities poor outcomes and those sort of things.

  3. Blazer

     /  July 1, 2018

    Gluckman was afraid to speak up when National was in charge.
    Scared he would lose his…job.

    • Zedd

       /  July 1, 2018

      I noticed Gluckman still tiptoeing around the issues, esp.; Meth Testing.. the evidence was clearly either overlooked or just IGNORED by Key & Co. In favour of their ‘Zero-tolerance to Drugs’ attitudes

      Gluckman sounds like it ‘was not a priority’ even though many people were evicted on ‘false evidence’; suggestions that the tiniest traces could have been,left from previous occupants or visitors ?

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 1, 2018

    A science advisor needs to be clear and honest about what is not known as well as what we think we know. That will often be politically inconvenient.

    • Gezza

       /  July 1, 2018

      I think that is what Zedd is saying & citing a case in point.