Five years at the sharp end of science policy

Alex Proimos New York Public Library
Alex Proimos New York Public Library

“Five years on [from being appointed as New Zealand’s first science adviser] I have come to understand that the primary functions and greatest challenge for a science adviser are providing advice not on straightforward scientific matters, but instead on issues that have the hallmarks of what has been called post-normal science.

These issues are urgent and of high public and political concern; the people involved hold strong positions based on their values, and the science is complex, incomplete and uncertain.”

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