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

Q&A today:

Yesterday:

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”